Design Daily: Burlesque for Fornasetti Profumi


Fornasetti Profumi adds a dash more mystery to the already enigmatic visage of operatic muse Lina Cavalieri. In the newest addition to the Otto collection of scented candles, her face is shrouded in a net or mask. 

I’m already a fan of the beautiful Fornasetti ceramics. Built by Piero Fornasetti in Italy in the 1940s, the company is currently run by his son, Barnaba. Craftsmen still trace paper patterns and apply color by hand, creating new items using Piero’s original designs of hands, faces, guns and animals. The new Burlesque design debuted for fall with two variations on the feminine countenance that graces many of the scented candles in the Fornasetti Profumi line. It comes in two containers, as a single-wick 10.5 oz. candle, $165, or a capacious three-wick size, 67-oz., $495, both from Barneys

 fornasetti burlesque candle

Burlesque features his signature scent, Otto—a rich woody scent that combines incense, lavender, balsam and iris root. It’s not for the faint of heart. I still haven’t lighted my candle, as the fragrance easily diffuses through my one-bedroom home when I leave the top off. If you do choose to light your candle, however, you’ll be pleased to know it’s made from 100 percent vegetal wax, so it will burn cleanly and evenly. If you’re more goddess than bad-girl, check out the collection’s newest scent, Flora, which is a musky white floral mélange of tuberose, lily of the valley, iris and sandalwood, $165 at Barneys. 

Fornasetti Flora Candle

Flora di Fornasetti is the second scent in the collection.

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