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Venini Tiaraluce Large Table Light in Light Pink by Francesco Lucchese
By Venini, Francesco Lucchese
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Tiaraluce table lamp, designed by Francesco Lucchese and manufactured by Venini, is available in two different sizes and colors. Indoor use only. Dimensions: Ø 19 cm, H 48 cm.    
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

Venini Anni Trenta Terra Floor Light in Milk White
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Anni Trenta Terra floor lamp, designed and manufactured by Venini, features sinuous lines, clearly reminiscent of the 1930s. Indoor use only. Dimensions: Ø 32 cm, H 183 cm.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Floor Lamps

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Glass

Venini Poliedri Applique Chandelier by Carlo Scarpa
By Carlo Scarpa, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Poliedri applique, suspension lamp and wall sconce, designed by Carlo Scarpa and manufactured by Venini, were originally designed in 1958. Indoor use only. Dimensions: Ø 81 cm, H...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Venini Replicanti Table Light in Red with Glasses
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Replicanti table lamp, designed and manufactured by Venini, features an handmade blown glass body wearing different types of accessories. Limited edition of 99 art pieces. Indoor use...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Venini Nastri Wall Sconce in Clear with Ribbed Details
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Nastri applique wall sconce, designed and manufactured by Venini, features the “Nastro” flat component, striped and hand-drawn. The “Nastro” component can be used in different ways: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Metal

Venini Opalino Large Satin Glass Vase in Gray
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Satin glass vase, designed and manufactured by Venini, features the same shape of the iconic opalino vase with a frosted finish. Indoor use only. Dimensions: Ø 20 cm, H 42 cm.  ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases

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Glass

Venini Soprano Sculpture in Yellow and Red by Monica Giggisberg & Philip
By Venini, Monica Guggisberg & Philip Baldwin
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rio glass sculptures, designed by Monica Giggisberg and Philip Baldwin and manufactured by Venini, are available in three different versions: Baritono, Tenore and Soprano. Indoor use...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Abstract Sculptures

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Glass

Venini Mae West Candlestick Floor Light in Yellow by Studio Job
By Venini, Studio Job (Job Smeets & Nynke Tynagel)
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mae West collection of floor lamps, designed by Studio Job and manufactured by Venini, featuring 5 different shaped lamps. Limited edition of 29 + 9 art pieces (per version). Indoor ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Floor Lamps

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Glass

Venini Zoe Large Tavolo Table Light in Gray by Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas
By Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Zoe Tavolo table lamp, designed by Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas and manufactured by Venini, features a lantern shape. Indoor use only. Dimensions: Ø 20 cm, H 53 cm     
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

Venini Fragments Small Wall Light in Blue and Green by Fernando & Humberto Campa
By Campana Brothers, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Fragments applique giant wall sconce, designed by Fernando & Humberto Campana and manufactured by Venini, is made of scraps and pieces of Venini glass. Every lamp is a unique art pie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass

Venini Mae West Vase Floor Light in Orange by Studio Job
By Studio Job (Job Smeets & Nynke Tynagel), Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mae West Collection of floor lamps, designed by Studio Job and manufactured by Venini, featuring 5 different shaped lamps. Limited edition of 29 + 9 art pieces (per version). Indoor ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Floor Lamps

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Glass

Venini Rhythm 11-Element Pendant Lights in White by I M Lab
By I M Lab, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rhythm suspension lamp, designed by I M LAB and manufactured by Venini, is characterized by a single element that can be employed by itself or can be repeated infinite times. Each si...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Venini Anni Trenta Pendant Light in Milk White
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Anni Trenta Suspension lamp, designed and manufactured by Venini, features sinuous lines, clearly reminiscent of the 1930s. Available in two different colors. Indoor use only. Dim...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Venini 2-Piece Veliero Table Lamp in White and Clear by Tadao Ando
By Tadao Ando, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Veliero Tavolo table lamp, designed by Tadao Ando and manufactured by Venini, is available in 2 different versions. ""The strictly ruled geometry becomes a Wave with soul that gains ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

Venini Zoe Small Table Light in Red by Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas
By Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Zoe Tavolo table lamp, designed by Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas and manufactured by Venini, features a lantern shape. Indoor use only. Dimensions: Ø 20 cm, H 36 cm      
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

Venini Ambasciata Hand Blown Ballon in Straw Yellow Glass
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ambasciata set of blown handmade glasses, designed and manufactured by Venini, features a straw yellow color. Six different glasses available plus a decanter. Originally designed in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

Venini Mae West Face Floor Light in Multi-Color by Studio Job
By Studio Job (Job Smeets & Nynke Tynagel), Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mae West collection of floor lamps, designed by Studio Job and manufactured by Venini, featuring 5 different shaped lamps. Limited edition of 29 + 9 art pieces (per version). Indoor ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Floor Lamps

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Glass

Venini Esagonale Caraffa in Crystal & Milk White by Carlo Scarpa
By Carlo Scarpa, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Esagonale Glass collection, designed by Carlo Scarpa and manufactured by Venini, originally designed in 1932, consists of three glasses and a decanter. Esagonale Caraffa / decanter: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

Venini Veliero Terra Floor Light in White and Clear Glass by Tadao Ando
By Tadao Ando, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Veliero Terra floor lamp, designed by Tadao Ando and manufactured by Venini, features a metal base with glass murrina. "The strictly ruled geometry becomes a Wave with soul that gain...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Floor Lamps

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Glass

Venini Musa Glass Sculpture Light in Green by Fabio Novembre
By Venini, Fabio Novembre
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Musa glass sculpture table lamp, designed by Fabio Novembre and manufactured by Venini, features an handmade glass sculpture with a metal cage and a Carrara marble base. Available in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

Venini Incisi Short Glass Vase in Marine Blue by Paolo Venini
By Paolo Venini, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Incisi glass vase collection, designed by Paolo Venini and manufactured by Venini, feature an engraved surface. Originally designed in 1956. Numbered edition per year, marine blue ve...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases

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Glass

Venini Poliedri Applique Wall Sconce by Carlo Scarpa
By Carlo Scarpa, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Poliedri Applique, suspension lamp and wall sconce, designed by Carlo Scarpa and manufactured by Venini, were originally designed in 1958. Indoor use only. Dimensions: W 27 cm x ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass

Venini Mappamondo Table Light in Horizon and Sapphire by Sandro Chia
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mappamondo Table lamp, designed by Sandro Chia and manufactured by Venini, is a table sculpture in handmade blown glass. Limited edition of 99 art pieces. Indoor use only. Dimensi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Venini Anni Trenta Applique Large Wall Scone in Straw Yellow
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Anni Trenta applique wall sconce, designed and manufactured by Venini, features sinuous lines, clearly reminiscent of the 1930s. Indoor use only. Dimensions: W 24 cm x D 17 cm x ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass

Venini Esagonale Acqua Water Glass in Straw Yellow & Coral by Carlo Scarpa
By Carlo Scarpa, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Esagonale glass glass collection, designed by Carlo Scarpa and manufactured by Venini, originally designed in 1932, consists of three glasses and a decanter. Esagonale Acqua / water:...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

Venini Musa Glass Sculpture Light in Red by Fabio Novembre
By Venini, Fabio Novembre
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Musa glass sculpture table lamp, designed by Fabio Novembre and manufactured by Venini, features a handmade glass sculpture with a metal cage and a Carrara marble base. Available in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps

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Glass

Venini Fragments Large Wall Light in Blue & Green by Fernando & Humberto Campana
By Venini, Campana Brothers
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Fragments Applique Giant wall sconce, designed by Fernando & Humberto Campana and manufactured by Venini, is made of scraps and pieces of Venini glass. Every lamp is a unique art pie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Glass

Venini 3-Piece Veliero Table Lamp in White & Clear by Tadao Ando
By Tadao Ando, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Veliero Tavolo Table lamp, designed by Tadao Ando and manufactured by Venini, is available in 2 different versions. "The strictly ruled geometry becomes a Wave with soul that gains c...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Glass

Venini Mae West Hat Floor Light in Brown by Studio Job
By Studio Job (Job Smeets & Nynke Tynagel), Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mae West Collection of floor lamps, designed by Studio Job and manufactured by Venini, featuring 5 different shaped lamps. Limited edition of 29 + 9 art pieces (per version). Indoor ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Glass

Venini Mappamondo Table Light in Red and Orange by Sandro Chia
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mappamondo Table lamp, designed by Sandro Chia and manufactured by Venini, is a table sculpture in handmade blown glass. Limited edition of 99 art pieces. Indoor use only. Dimensi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps

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Blown Glass

Venini Ambasciata Hand Blown Sciroppo in Straw Yellow Glass
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ambasciata set of blown handmade glasses, designed and manufactured by Venini, features a straw yellow color. Six different glasses available plus a decanter. Originally designed in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

Venini Ambasciata Hand Blown Coppa Champagne in Straw Yellow Glass
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ambasciata set of blown handmade glasses, designed and manufactured by Venini, features a straw yellow color. Six different glasses available plus a decanter. Originally designed in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

Venini Bolle Glass Vase in Pink and White by Tapio Wirkkala
By Tapio Wirkkala, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Bolle Glass vase series, designed by Tapio Wirkkala and manufactured by Venini, was originally designed in 1966. Iconic masterpieces available in 5 different shapes. Indoor use only....
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases

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Glass

Venini Ambasciata Hand Blown Caraffa in Straw Yellow Glass
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ambasciata set of blown handmade glasses, designed and manufactured by Venini, features a straw yellow color. Six different glasses available plus a decanter. Originally designed in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

Venini Opalino Medium Satin Glass Vase in Tea
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Satin glass vase, designed and manufactured by Venini, features the same shape of the iconic opalino vase with a frosted finish. Indoor use only. Dimensions: Ø 17 cm, H 36 cm.     
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases

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Glass

Venini Tits Applique Wall Sconce by Studio Job
By Venini, Studio Job (Job Smeets & Nynke Tynagel)
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Tits applique wall sconce, designed by Studio Job and manufactured by Venini, is part of the Mae West collection named after the prehistoric sex symbol, it refers to Salvador Dali’s ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass

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H 11.82 in. W 10.36 in. D 12.01 in.
Venini Replicanti Table Light in Sapphire with Glasses
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Replicanti Table lamp, designed and manufactured by Venini, features an handmade blown glass body wearing different types of accessories. Limited edition of 99 art pieces. Indoor use...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Blown Glass

Venini Short Idria Glass Vase in Blue Marine
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Idria glass vase series, designed and manufactured by Venini, features three different shaped vases. Indoor use only. Dimensions: Ø 16.5 cm, H 23 cm.   
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Venini Tiaraluce Small Table Light in Grey by Francesco Lucchese
By Francesco Lucchese, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Tiaraluce Table lamp, designed by Francesco Lucchese and manufactured by Venini, is available in two different sizes and colors. Indoor use only. Dimensions: Ø 18 cm, H 35 cm.   
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Glass

Venini Musa Glass Sculpture Light in White by Fabio Novembre
By Fabio Novembre, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Musa glass sculpture table lamp, designed by Fabio Novembre and manufactured by Venini, features an handmade glass sculpture with a metal cage and a Carrara marble base. Available in...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Glass

Venini Mae West Chocolate Pot Floor Light in Green by Studio Job
By Studio Job (Job Smeets & Nynke Tynagel), Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mae West collection of floor lamps, designed by Studio Job and manufactured by Venini, featuring 5 different shaped lamps. Limited edition of 29 + 9 art pieces (per version). Indoor ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Glass

Venini Porpora 12-Arm Glass Chandelier in Clear
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Porpora glass chandelier, designed and manufactured by Venini, is available in 4 different versions with up to 12 arms. Originally designed in 1924. Indoor use only. Dimensions: Ø...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Glass

Venini Anni Trenta Terra Floor Light in Straw Yellow
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Anni Trenta terra floor lamp, designed and manufactured by Venini, features sinuous lines, clearly reminiscent of the 1930s. Indoor use only. Dimensions: Ø 32 cm, H 183 cm.     
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Glass

Venini Esagonale Caraffa in Straw Yellow and Coral by Carlo Scarpa
By Carlo Scarpa, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Esagonale Glass Glass collection, designed by Carlo Scarpa and manufactured by Venini, originally designed in 1932, consists of three glasses and a decanter. Esagonale Caraffa / deca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

Venini Gio Ponti 12-Arm Chandelier in Multicolor by Gio Ponti
By Venini, Gio Ponti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
99.80 Gio Ponti glass chandelier, designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Venini, is one of the most innovative chandeliers ever to emerge from Murano. Designed in 1946, its transp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Glass

Venini Esagonale Acqua Water Glass in Crystal & Milk White by Carlo Scarpa
By Carlo Scarpa, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Esagonale Glass collection, designed by Carlo Scarpa and manufactured by Venini, originally designed in 1932, consists of three glasses and a decanter. Esagonale Acqua / water: Ø 7.3...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

Venini Anni Trenta Applique Small Wall Scone in Milk White
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Anni Trenta applique wall sconce, designed and manufactured by Venini, features sinuous lines, clearly reminiscent of the 1930s. Indoor use only. Dimensions: W 16 cm x D 12 cm x ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Glass

Venini Large Black Belt Triangular Glass in Crystal and Tea by Peter Marino
By Venini, Peter Marino
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Venini glass vase in transparent crystal and tea with black decoration designed by Peter Marino in 2017. Perfect for indoor home decor as container or statement piece for any room. L...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Venini Large Black Belt Oval Glass Vase in Crystal and Green by Peter Marino
By Venini, Peter Marino
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Venini glass vase in crystal and grass green with black decoration designed by Peter Marino in 2017. Perfect for indoor home decor as container or statement piece for any room. Also ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases

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Art Glass

Venini Pistillo Vase in Blue & Grey Glass by Atelier Oï
By Atelier Oï 1, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Venini Pistillo vase in grape/horizon by Atelier Oï. Limited Edition in 19 art-pieces each colors. “Pistillo” is clad in a leather structure; in its centre, clasped and supported by ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases

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Glass

Venini Monofiore Balloton Extra Large Vase in Amber Murano Glass
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Monofiore Balloton extra large vase in Amber Murano glass by Venini. It looks soft, but it’s not; it’s glass. The optical illusion of Monofiori by Venini from 1970 lies in its name: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Venini Fazzoletto Opalino Medium Vase in Amber Murano Glass
By Paolo Venini, Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Fazzoletto Opalino medium vase in amber Murano glass by Fulvio Bianconi and Paolo Venini. An exclusive new take on the Opalini technique from the 15th century makes its color unique....
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Venini Idria Large Vase in Horizon Murano Glass
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Idria large vase in horizon Murano glass by Venini. The ancient Greek water vessel sheds its skin, as terracotta gives way to glass, thanks to Venini. Its design speaks of bygone day...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Venini Fazzoletto Opalino Small Vase in Horizon Murano Glass
By Paolo Venini, Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Fazzoletto Opalino small vase in amber Murano glass by Fulvio Bianconi and Paolo Venini. An exclusive new take on the Opalini technique from the 15th century makes its color unique. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Venini Fazzoletto Bicolore Small Vase in Horizon and Amber Murano Glass
By Paolo Venini, Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Fazzoletto Bicolore small vase in horizon and amber Murano glass by Fulvio Bianconi and Paolo Venini. An exclusive new take on the Opalini technique from the 15th century makes its c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Peter Marino Cilindro Large Pendant in Crystal and Black Murano Glass
By Peter Marino, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Cilindro Murano glass large pendant in crystal with black bands by Peter Marino for Venini. Bold shades of black blend together with the hues of crystal or tea of the cylindrical sha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Venini Opalino Small Vase in Amber Murano Glass
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Opalino small vase in Amber Murano glass by Venini. The Opalino vase is all about sophisticated and unique colors, thanks to the use of the traditional Opalino technique. This method...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Venini Clessidra Hourglass in Grape and Pink Murano Glass
By Paolo Venini, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Clessidra hourglass in grape and pink Murano glass by Paolo Venini and Riedizione. Limited edition in 99 art pieces each. Little grains of sand, impalpable and unnoticeable as a whol...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Venini Monofiore Balloton Medium Vase in Amber Murano Glass
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Monofiore Balloton medium vase in amber Murano glass by Venini. It looks soft, but it’s not; it’s glass. The optical illusion of Monofiori by Venini from 1970 lies in its name: Ballo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

Venini Tiara Large Vase in Horizon and Amber Murano Glass
By Francesco Lucchese, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Tiara large vase in horizon and amber Murano glass by Francesco Lucchese for Venini. The art of glassmaking meets the endless potential of light. A jewel-like creation that carries a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases

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Murano Glass

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Venini On Sale For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic venini on sale available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of glass, murano glass and metal, every venini on sale was constructed with great care. Your living room may not be complete without a venini on sale — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A venini on sale, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Modern or Hollywood Regency style, is generally a popular piece of furniture.

How Much is a Venini On Sale?

The average selling price for a venini on sale at 1stDibs is $2,400, while they’re typically $225 on the low end and $25,715 for the highest priced.

Venini Biography and Important Works

Beginning in the 1930s — and throughout the postwar years especially — Venini & Co. played a leading role in the revival of Italy’s high-end glass industry, pairing innovative modernist designers with the skilled artisans in the centuries-old glass workshops on the Venetian island of Murano. While the company’s founder, Paolo Venini (1895–1959), was himself a highly talented glassware designer, his true genius was to invite forward-thinking Italian and international designers to Murano’s hallowed workshops to create Venini pieces — among them Giò Ponti, Massimo Vignelli, Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala, Thomas Stearnsof the United States and Fulvio Bianconi.

Paolo Venini trained and practiced as a lawyer for a time, though his family had been involved with glassmaking for generations. After initially buying a share in a Venetian glass firm, he took over the company as his own in 1925, and under his direction it produced mainly classical Baroque designs. In 1932, he hired the young Carlo Scarpa— who would later distinguish himself as an architect — as his lead designer. Scarpa, working in concert with practiced glass artisans, completely modernized Venini, introducing simple, pared-down forms; bright primary colors; and bold patterns such as stripes, banding and abstract compositions that utilized cross sections of murrine (glass rods).

Paolo Venini’s best designs are thought to be his two-color Clessidre hourglasses, produced from 1957 onward, and the Fazzoletto (“handkerchief”) vase, designed with Bianconi in 1949. Bianconi’s masterworks are considered by many to be his Pezzato works — colorful vases with patterns that resemble those of a patchwork quilt. Other noteworthy and highly collectible vintage Venini works include Ponti’s dual-tone stoppered bottles (circa 1948); rare glass sculptures from the Doge series by Stearns, the first American to design for the firm; Vignelli’s striped lanterns of the 1960s; the Occhi vases with eyelet-shaped patterns by Tobia Scarpa (son of Carlo); and, with their almost zen purity, the Bolle (“bubbles”) bottles designed by Wirkkala in 1968. 

With these works — and many others by some of the creative titans of the 20th and 21st century — Venini has produced one of the truly great bodies of work in modern design.