Glass making in Murano has existed for many centuries - some of the many glass making factories from the Venetian Island have actually had their names above some kind of production site for three hundred years and more. Brands like Seguso claim to go back as glassmaking name to the 1600s - let's pause to digest that! how incredible and so beautiful it must be to come from this little Island? The name Murano is synonymous with dazzling fancy-glass creations achieved through closely guarded methods that have been refined to perfection over 600 years.
On an Island where for centuries art has risen from the limited soil into the colourful architecture and finally found it's way into some of the most treasured objects created by humankind it is almost impossible to decide which of the many glassmakers to profile in DesignBuzz.
Having explored the heavyweights of Murano such as Seguso, La Murrina, Formia, Barovier, et al. it became clear that deciding based on history would be nigh-impossible given that all have incredible stories passed down through the generations. In the end we simply decided to make our choice based on whose products we felt were sufficiently future led.
Venini - A company with a mere 90 or so years of operation is ironically one of the late arrivals on the Murano scene - nearly a centenary would be for some brands a major selling point but on Murano 90 year is nothing to brag about. Age is relative right? I guess if your neighbour is 300 years old then 90 is basically a teenager.
Well the 'teenage' glass making house of Murano knows how to create glass that interacts with us in the gentlest of manners whilst retaining the deep colour and channelled drama that is expected of works from this part of the world. The strategy of creating delicate works of indescribably beauty that make love to our desires was a path set by it's founder Paulo Venini (1895 – 1959) - an eminent 20th Century designer who would prove to be an important figure in Murano's glass making history because of key techniques and adaptations that he introduced not to mention many internationally acclaimed works.
The glass creations from Venini come with a sense of lightness and freedom - it is as though they are not burdened by the imposing expectations and creative traditions that come with the towering name that is Murano. They are not hanging around in centuries past but instead they are firmly rooted in the trends of tomorrow. Venini's products challenge perspectives and expectations with a distinct subtlety leading to products that are elegant, usable and just simply sexy.
Venini is a sexy Murano glass maker - visit their website here and fall in love: www.venini.com