big bad…

Steven Guarnaccia’s twists on “The Three Little Pigs” recast the fairy tales as only a design dork could.

Lesson / Koan : Some fairies live forever.

Illustrator and former New York Times Op-Ed art director Steven Guarnaccia reinvents a childhood classic with his recent architecture-inspired version of “The Three Little Pigs.”


The Three Little Pigs are (above, from left) Le Corbusier, Frank Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright.

The tale of The three little pigs is set by Steven Guarnaccia among houses by great architects of the XXth century. Corbusier, Gehry and Wright are in fact the main protagonists of this contemporary tale with other renowned architects in their houses of scraps, of glass and of stone and mortar.

In their famous buildings they live among objects designed by some of the most internationally representative architects and designers. But one day the wolf pays a visit to them…

And the house before which the Big Bad Wolf hopelessly huffs and puffs is none other than Fallingwater.


Pigs have always lived in Utopia…but, Architects depicted as pigs, guess Mr. Guarnaccia knows something more?

Steven Guarnaccia is an illustrator and a designer. He lives and works in New York. His works appear in many newspapers, such as The New York Times, where he worked for three years as art director of the Op-Ed page. He has worked with MoMA and has designed jewelry, watches, rugs and wall paintings for firms such as Acme, Swatch and Disney Cruise Lines. He has published many collections of illustrated palindromes, books for children and pop-up books. He has been a long-time collaborator with Abitare and publishes books with Edizioni Corraini. He is now in charge of the Illustration Department of Parsons The New School for Design.