Inspired by Venini
Venini is a renowned manufacturer of Murano glass items, in particular vases and lamps. Founded in 1921 by the Venetian antiquarian Giacomo Cappellin and the Milanese lawyer Paolo Venini, the brand has worked with artists of caliber Carlo and Tobia Scarpa, Gio Ponti, Tommaso Buzzi, Tyra Lundgren, Tapio Wirkkala, Fulvio Bianconi and Massimo Vignelli Sam Paolo Venini. More recently, these historic names have been joined by contemporary designers such as Fabio Novembre, Luca Nichetto, Gaetano Pesce, Matteo Thun, Atelier Oï, Studio Job, Emmanuel Babled, Harri Koskinen, Diego Chilò, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and Leonardo Ranucci. The Venini oven is the only one capable of producing one hundred and twenty-five colors of glass. The brand's most famous item is undoubtedly the Fazzoletto hand-blown glass vase, designed in 1948 by Fulvio Bianconi and Paolo Venini and still hand-made in the Murano factory by the company's glassmakers. For over fifty years, Venini's Fazzoletto has been exhibited in numerous museums. The brand's creations are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum and MOMA in New York, the Cartier Foundation in Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice. Since 2016, the company has been controlled by the Damiani family of the international high-end jewelery brand bearing its name.
History of Venini and its designers The company was founded in 1921 on the island of Murano with the name "Vetri Soffiati Cappellin Venini & amp; C "with the painter Vittorio Zecchin as artistic director. After the dissolution of the company from Giacomo Cappellin, Paolo Venini founded his own company Venini & amp; in 1925. C., personally managing it until his death in 1959; his partner and artistic director was the sculptor Napoleone Martinuzzi. During this period, the company renewed its identity, resigning from the revival of old designs in favor of new ones, such as the famous Diamante vase designed by Venini himself. In the late 1920s, Paolo Venini's brother Franco joined the company as a chemistry researcher, creating unique colors unmatched by the competition. In the 1930s, famous artists, architects and designers such as Carlo Scarpa, Tommaso Buzzi and Tyra Lundgren collaborated with Venini.
In 1932 Tommaso Buzzi and Carlo Scarpa took over as artistic directors of Venini & amp; C. (Buzzi only held this position for a year, signing contracts with the Laguna and Alga series and some very unusual animals). Carlo Scarpa had a fruitful partnership with Venini for ten years, designing some of the brand's most famous classics and introducing new forged, honed, engraved, corroded glass surfaces and staining techniques. In parallel, Tyra Lundgren, the first independent artist Venini, created several series including birds, fish and leaves . In the 1940s, the production of new articles was interrupted by the war. The company recovered from its collaboration with Gio Ponti, who in 1946 designed several lines, including a series of colored canes (a combination of thick glass canes) and his famous spiral bottles. In 1948, Fulvio Bianconi started working for Venini, which gave a great impetus to the post-war reconstruction of the company; he stayed with Venini until the 1990s. While Carlo Scarpa's designs embody classic elegance, Fulvio Bianconi's designs represent explosive creativity. In addition to the Fazzoletto vases, Bianconi designed the Pezzato, Scozzese, Forato and Fasce vases. Since 1980, many artists have designed for Venini, including Laura and Alessandro Venini (Anna Venini's children), Tapio Wirkkala, Massimo Vignelli, Dale Chihuly, Richard Marquis, Timo Sarpaneva, Alessandro Mendini, Toots Zynski, Ettore Sottsass and Gae Aulenti.
Venini One Hundred Years Later Venini remains alert to the contemporary design scene, collaborating with internationally renowned architects, designers and artists. The latest collections of the brand include the Black Belt of the American architect Peter Marino (2017), Where are my glasses? Ron Arad (2018), Torcia Mario Bellini (2018), Acqua and Contrasto Micheli Cattai (2019). To celebrate its centenary in 2021, the brand has proposed three new colors (powder pink, rio green and oxblood red, all available in transparent and iridescent versions) for some of the products that made Venini history - Fazzoletto, Balloton, Opalino, Labuan and Decò, Odalische and Battuti. In addition, the company has produced a limited edition of one hundred pieces of the Veronese emblematic vase, which is 100 years old, just like the stove.
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