10 items found
Venini is a household name in the world of Venetian glass. The Italian design house was founded in 1921 by Paolo Venini, who took inspiration from his family's long tradition of glassmaking. Under the name Cappellin Venini & C., Venini's Murano-based factory initially produced a focused line of vases, goblets and pitchers. Many of these early works were pioneered by painter Vittorio Zecchin and architect Carlo Scarpa, utilizing new concepts of opaque, thin filigree and bubble glass. The year 1934 was a turning point for the company, as Carlo Scarpa was named artistic director and introduced an even more modern approach to production. Now, lined, patterned and beaten glass has joined the diverse range of Venini products. Carlo Scarpa invited celebrated architects to collaborate on Venini designs, among them Tobia Scarpa (Carlo's son), Tapio Wirkkala and Fulvio Biancomi. After Paolo Venini’s death in 1959, his son-in-law assumed ownership. The brand was purchased by the Italian brand Luxury Industries in 2001, and today its glass projects are commissioned by such design industry luminaries as Atelier Biagetti, Gaetano Pesce, Matteo Thun and the Campana brothers. Venini celebrated its 90th anniversary by showing a distinctive collection at the Glass Museum of Murano and the Shanghai Museum of Glass, among other notable locations. Many of Venini’s luminous vases, lamps, pendants and sculptures can be seen on display at the Louvre and the Museum of Modern Art.