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Pietro Chiesa

Pietro Chiesa (1892–1948) was an Italian designer and artisan famous for his glasswork. After opening his own glass shop in 1921, Chiesa’s work appeared at notable events, such as the Venice Biennale and the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Chiesa’s designs include famed windows, such as those of the Trieste Stock Exchange, the Motorship Victoria and the Conte di Savoia, a transatlantic liner. In 1932, Gio Ponti asked Chiesa to be a part of his FontanaArte design firm. Chiesa agreed and designed more than a thousand pieces throughout the years. His works under FontanaArte included vases, table lamps, decorative windows and furniture. Some of Chiesa’s most famous designs are still in production today, including the Cartoccio vase from 1932, which was made by hot-folding a single sheet of glass. Since these vases were manually produced, each is unique. The standard Cartoccio vase measured about 16 inches high, while the Grande version stood about 20 inches. Different colors of these vases were produced, including white, gray and blue. Other Pietro Chiesa creations still being made are the Fontana curved table lamp and the Luminator floor lamp. These pieces have the sleek, contemporary look for which Pietro Chiesa designs are known.