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Carlo Nason

Italian, b. 1935

A mid-century modern reference for today’s Murano glassmakers, Carlo Nason influenced the current tradition of glassmaking on an island renowned for it for hundreds of years. Celebrated for their exceptional designs, Nason’s lighting fixtures are sought after by collectors worldwide.

Learning to design and craft pieces from the family vetreria — rather than partaking in any formal training — Nason was working with the maestros at his family’s company furnace, V. Nason & C., attached to their family home by the time he was 11 years old. Although his roots are in Murano glassmaking, he took inspiration from the clean lines and natural colors of the Japanese metal vases he had seen in his youth at Milanese fairs.

Wanting to produce modern glass lamps, Nason worked with his family friend Gianni Mazzega of Mazzega Murano. The 1970s and 1980s were productive and creative years for Nason as the sole and independent designer at Mazzega Murano. His prolific career has also seen him design for other lighting manufacturers like I TRE, Murano Due and Kalmar.

After a mere four years as a glassmaker, Carlo Nason had his creations displayed at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York. The credit for the artisan’s pieces that were included in “Glass 1959” went to his family’s company, but the designs were all authored by Carlo.

Stepping away from the traditional, vibrant Murano stylings, Nason kept true to his inspiration, working with modern and simple forms that are relatively free of color. Nason told Palainco in a rare 2019 interview that his emotions inspired the shapes. And his legacy includes fixtures that are irreplicable and unreproducible, too — Nason made lighting pieces with multiple layers of glass that would be too costly or difficult to recreate today, and some designs were made with processes and materials now unavailable or banned in the glassmaking world.

Find an array of vintage Carlo Nason table lamps, floor lamps, decorative objects and more on 1stDibs.

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$3,711
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Mid-Century Modern Lamp by Carlo Nason for Mazzega Model LT323,Italy, 1960s
By Carlo Nason
Located in Brussels, BE
Modern lamp by Carlo Nason for Mazzega Model LT323.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo Nason

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Murano Glass

1 of 2 Large Kalmar Sconce Wall Light by Kalmar, Austria, 1960s
By Carlo Nason, Kalmar Lighting
Located in Aachen, NRW
Wonderful midcentury wall sconces with 3 thick Murano glasses, made by Kalmar, Austria, manufactured, circa 1960-1969. Model: Pan High quality and in very good condition. Cleaned...
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1960s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo Nason

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Murano Glass

Signed Carlo Nason Murano Glass Black and White Chrysalis Vase
By Carlo Nason
Located in Troy, MI
Sleek, modern design Chrysalis vase by Murano glass maker Carlo Mason in black and white. Etched maker's mark on underside of base. Excellent pre-owned condition with no flaws found.
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Carlo Nason

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Murano Glass

Large Murano Glass Ceiling Lights by Carlo Nason for Mazzega, 1970s
By Carlo Nason
Located in Rome, IT
Unusual large ceiling light or flushmount by Carlo Nason for Mazzega, circa 1970. Each composed of 30 massive wave shaped alternated sheets of glass clear and opalescent bluish color...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Carlo Nason

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Metal

Pair of Tall Eight-Element Clear Murano Glass Triedri Sconces, 1980s
By Franco Luce, Carlo Nason, Venini
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Elegant large pair of sconce to frame a wide mirror or a large entrance. Requires professional and skilled makers as the benting of the triedri was made keeping the crest out with a ...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo Nason

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp by Carlo Nason for Mazzega in Murano Glass
By AVMazzega, Carlo Nason
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Space age one-light table lamp by Carlo Nason for Mazzega, circa 1970. This lamp consist of four stacked pieces of opalescent and white Murano glass. This lamp is the smaller versi...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo Nason

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Blown Glass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Sconces by Mazzega Designed by Carlo Nason
By AVMazzega, Carlo Nason
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Mid-Century Modern pair of one light sconces by Mazzega in clear and blue Murano glass, circa 1970 with the label still attached, circa 1970 designed by Carlo Nason.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Space Age Carlo Nason

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Blown Glass

Carlo Nason Space Age Table Lamp, Italy, 1970s
By Carlo Nason
Located in Naples, IT
A round base in orange painted metal, a slim chrome stand and a semi-circular shade in opaline glass form this Space Age table lamp. The on/off button is located along the wire.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo Nason

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Glass

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Carlo Nason furniture for sale on 1stDibs

The Carlo Nason furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Carlo Nason furniture there are many options to choose from, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 381 vintage editions of these items, while there are 5 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Carlo Nason were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Gino Sarfatti, Vistosi and Vico Magistretti. Prices for Carlo Nason furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $395 and tops at $20,722, while pieces like these can sell for $3,238 on average.

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