Trompe l’oeil

The Optical Illusion of Fontana Arte

Fontana Arte’s acclaimed round coffee tables from the mid-late 1950s were produced in an several colors and with varied artistic decoration. This example made in green-blue features a flat pane of crystal superimposed over a thick, concaved and mirrored crystal. The effect of the layered, curved glass obscures the clarity of the mirrored surface creating a mesmerizing reflection that imitates flowing water.

Domus, No. 344, July 1958