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Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

Italian, 1906-1978

Carlo Scarpa was born in Venice in 1906 and became one of the leading figures of architecture and international design during the 20th century. At merely 21 years old — and still a student at the Academy of Fine Arts — Scarpa began working as a designer for master Murano glassmaker M.V.M. Cappellin. Within a few years, he completely revolutionized the approach to art glass. 

In a short time, under the guidance of Scarpa, the Capellin furnace not only established itself as the top glass company, but above all it introduced modernity and international fame to Murano glassmaking. Scarpa created a personal style of glassmaking, a new vision that irreversibly changed glass production. 

The young Scarpa experimented with new models and colors: his chromatic combinations, impeccable execution and geometric shapes became his modus operandi. Thanks to Scarpa’s continuous research on vitreous matter, Cappellin produced a series of high-quality glass objects, that saw the company revisiting ancient processing techniques such as the watermark and Phoenician decoration. 

When he encountered the challenge of opaque glass, Scarpa proposed introducing textures of considerable chromatic impact, such as glass pastes and glazed glass with bright colors. Scarpa also collaborated in the renovation of Palazzo da Mula in Murano, the home of Cappellin. At the academy, he obtained the diploma of professor of architectural design and obtained an honorary degree from the Venice University Institute of Architecture of which he was director. 

In 1931, Scarpa's collaboration with Cappellin ended, following the bankruptcy of the company because it was not able to withstand the economic crisis linked to the Great Depression. But Scarpa did not go unnoticed by Paolo Venini — in 1933, the young designer became the new artistic director of the biggest glass company in Murano. 

Master glassmakers thought Scarpa's projects and sketches were impossible, but the passionate and curious designer always managed to get exactly what he wanted. Until 1947 he remained at the helm of Venini & Co., where he created some of the best known masterpieces of modern glassmaking. Scarpa’s work with Venini was characterized by the continuous research on the subject, the use of color and techniques that he revisited in a very personal way, and the development of new ways of working with master glassmakers. 

At the beginning of the 1930s, "bubble", "half filigree" and "submerged" glass appeared for the first time on the occasion of the Venice Biennale of 1934. A few years later, at the Biennale and the VI Triennale of Milan, Venini exhibited its lattimi and murrine romane pieces, which were born from a joint idea between Scarpa and Paolo Venini. 

In 1938 Scarpa increased production, diversifying the vases from "objects of use" to sculptural works of art. In the same year he laid the foundation for the famous "woven" glass collection, exhibited the following year. In the subsequent years, Scarpa–Venini continued to exhibit at the Biennale and in various other shows their the "black and red lacquers," the granulari and the incisi, produced in limited series, and the "Chinese," which was inspired by Asian porcelain

Scarpa's creations for Venini garnered an international response and were a great success, leaving forever an indelible mark on the history of glassmaking. The last Biennale in which Carlo Scarpa participated as artistic director of Venini was in 1942. He left the company five years later. 

The time that Scarpa spent in the most important glass factory in Murano would attach a great artistic legacy to the company. His techniques and styles were resumed in the postwar period under the guidance of Tobia Venini, Paolo's son. In the 1950s, after the departure of Scarpa, Fulvio Bianconi was the new visionary at the Biennials with Venini.

On 1stDibs, vintage Carlo Scarpa glass and lighting are for sale, including decorative objects, tables, chandeliers and more.

(Biography provided by Ophir Gallery Inc.)

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Creator: Carlo Scarpa
VENINI Carlo Scarpa Chandelier Poliedri Murano Glass Iron 1955 Italy
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Milano, IT
Chandelier VENINI ,originale di Carlo Scarpa. Murano glass 1950
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

12 Light Chandelier Designed by Carlo Scarpa for Venini, Signed Venini 2009/16
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Merida, Yucatan
12 Light chandelier designed by Carlo Scarpa for Venini , Model 99.37 in Murano Italy. This Chandelier originally designed in 1940 was manufactured in 2009. All the pieces are in ...
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Brass

Rare Venini Design Carlo Scarpa Poliedri Chandelier Pendant about 1950
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in taranto, IT
rare huge and majestic chandelier by venini, design carlo scarpa, made by 205 poliedri transparent glasses, with 19 bulb holder height 1 meter, diameter cm 70. no lost poliedri, on...
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Venini “Carlo Scarpa” Poliedri Murano Glass Iron Brass, 1960, Italy
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Milano, IT
Venini “Carlo Scarpa” Poliedri Murano glass iron , 1955, Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Poliedri Chandelier by Venini
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Italian chandelier with hand blown polyhedron/polyhedral shaped Murano glasses in clear, light pink, and light green colors, designed by Carlo Scarpa for Venini, made in Ital...
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Carlo Scarpa Poliedri Applique Chandelier for Venini
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
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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Carlo Scarpa lattimo "a fasce" glass Ceiling Lamp by Venini, Murano 1938
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Rome, IT
Carlo Scarpa ceiling lamp 1938 Ceiling lamp designed by Carlo Scarpa and manufactured by Venini Murano Clear and Lattimo “ a fasce” gla...
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Venini “Carlo Scarpa” Poliedri Murano Glass Iron Brass, 1958, Italy
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Milano, IT
Venini “Carlo Scarpa” Poliedri Murano glass iron brass, 1958, Italy.
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Venini Carlo Scarpa Chandelier Poliedri Murano Light Bluend Brass, 1950
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Milano, IT
Un iconico lampadario a POLIEDRI, disegnato dal architetto CARLO SCARPA e prodotto dalla vetreria muranese, VENINI, Originale del 1950.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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VENINI #Carlo Scarpa# Poliedri Chandelier Murano Glass Iron 1955/Italy
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Milano, IT
Exceptional Carlo Scarpa Chandelier in Warm Colors.....BGM
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1950s Vintage Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Original Glass Poliedri Chandelier by Carlo Scarpa for Venini, Italy, c.1960
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in London, GB
A rare and original green and yellow glass poliedri (polyhedron) chandelier designed by the Italian architect and designer, Carlo Scarpa, c.1960. Produced by the prestigious Murano g...
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Model 5253 Ceiling Light by Carlo Scarpa for Venini
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Model 5253 Ceiling Light by Carlo Scarpa for Venini. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa the 1930s. All glass, double component drop ceiling light...
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Italian mid-century modern Chandelier Poliedri by Carlo Scarpa for Venini, 1960s
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century modern Chandelier Poliedri by Carlo Scarpa for Venini, 1960s Chandelier mod. Poliedri with oval base, in glass and metal. The diffuser is made up of 119 alternati...
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Large Polyhedron Grey Glass Chandelier by Carlo SCARPA
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Chandelier with grey glass, designed by Carlo Scarpa, Italy. Originally designed for Venini. Polyhedron chandelier with a white metal frame and nearly 200 polyhedron glass pieces in...
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Poliedri Chandelier in Murano Glass by Carlo Scarpa for Venini, Italy, 1960's
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Melbourne, VIC
The Poliedri Chandelier by Carlo Scarpa for Venini is a stunning mid-century Italian masterpiece, blending light, geometry, and artisan glasswork. Scarpa's innovative design features...
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Venini Pink and Ice Original Poliedri Chandelier by Carlo Scarpa, 1955
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Rome, IT
Fabulous original Venini Poliedri chandelier by Carlo Scarpa. Rare combination of light pink and Ice colored Murano glass. Ivory p...
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Carlo Scarpa Mid-Century Modern Venini Pair of Murano Glass Poliedri Lamps
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of model lamps "Poliedri" designed by Carlo Scarpa and edited by Venini, with structure in lacquered metal and Murano glass, Italy, 1950s. Enhance your space with a touch of mid-century elegance with this pair of Poliedri lamps...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Carlo SCARPA designed Polyhedron Chandelier by VENINI, 1970s
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Chandelier with green/ clear glass, designed by Carlo Scarpa, Italy. Originally designed for Venini. Polyhedron chandelier with metal frame and polyhedron green and clear glass piec...
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Original Blue Glass Poliedri Chandelier by Carlo Scarpa for Venini, Italy, c1960
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in London, GB
A rare circular blue glass poliedri (polyhedron) chandelier designed by the Italian architect and designer, Carlo Scarpa, c.1960. Produced by the prestigious Murano glass company, Ve...
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Mid-Century Murano Glass Chandelier "Polyhedr" by Carlo Scarpa for Venini, Italy
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Murano Glass Chandelier "Polyhedr" by Carlo Scarpa for Venini, Italy, 1960
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Carlos Scarpa Five Armed Chandelier
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in New York, NY
Carlos Scarpa five armed chandelier. Five arm Venetian moderne unmistakably Scarpa design pendant in reeded glass with central baluster issuing coiled brass on white painted metal st...
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Poliedri ceiling lamp designed by Carlo Scarpa for Venini 1961
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Arezzo, Italy
Poliedri chandelier designed by Carlo Scarpa in 1961 for Venini glassworks. Painted metal frame, blown glass in transparent and smoky tones, composed of 88 polyhedra, excellent condi...
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Large mid-century Murano chandelier 'Poliedri' by Carlo Scarpa for Venini
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in SON EN BREUGEL, NL
A very beautiful, unique and original Murano chandelier designed by Italian architect Carlo Scarpa for Venini Murano. With lights. With soft yellow and transparent slightly iridesce...
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Rare Venini Reticello Pendant by Carlo Scarpa, 1940
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing and rare pendant with a precious hand blown reticello Murano glass sphere designed by Carlo Scarpa, 1940. Excellent original condition. One E27 Light bulb 60 Watt.  
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1950s Drum Venini pale green blue and clear poliedri chandelier by Carlo Scarpa
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in London, GB
A vintage large drum cylindrical shaped Poliedri chandelier. Pale green, blue and clear color Poliedri glass components on one silver lacquered metal structure designed by Carlo Sc...
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Carlo Scarpa Mid-Century Modern Murano Glass Poliedri Chandelier by Venini
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Italian chandelier from the island of Murano. This piece has a brass frame that supports an impressive array of 178 Murano glass, eggplant-colored, polyhedral shaped pieces. Illumina...
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Poliedri lamp designed by Carlo Scarpa and edited by Venini, Italy 1950
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Madrid, ES
Suspension lamp model “Poliedri” designed by Carlo Scarpa and edited by Venini. Structure made of lacquered metal composed of unique pieces in Murano glass. Italy 1950s. Carlos Scarpa's Poliedri lamps...
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Poliedri lamp designed by Carlo Scarpa and edited by Venini, Italy 1950
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Madrid, ES
Suspension lamp model “Poliedri” designed by Carlo Scarpa and edited by Venini. Structure made of lacquered metal composed of unique pieces in Murano glass. Italy 1950s. Carlos Scarpa's Poliedri lamps...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Rare Venini Reticello Pendant by Carlo Scarpa, 1940
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing and rare pendant with a precious hand blown reticello Murano glass sphere designed by Carlo Scarpa, 1940. Excellent original condition. One E27 Light bulb 60 Watt. Price ...
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Carlo Scarpa Murano chandelier Poliedri by Venini
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in SON EN BREUGEL, NL
A very beautiful and original Murano chandelier designed by Italian architect Carlo Scarpa for Venini Murano. With 18 lights. With soft colored and transparent slightly iridescent mo...
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A pair of Carlo Scarpa Murano chandeliers 'Poliedri' for Venini
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in SON EN BREUGEL, NL
A very beautiful and original pair Murano chandeliers designed by Italian architect and designer Carlo Scarpa for Venini Murano. Each with 9 lights. Beautiful design where the advanc...
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A pair of Carlo Scarpa Murano chandeliers 'Poliedri' for Venini
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in SON EN BREUGEL, NL
A very beautiful and original pair Murano chandeliers designed by Italian architect and designer Carlo Scarpa for Venini Murano. Each with 9 lights. Beautiful design where the advanc...
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Carlo Scarpa for Venini Poliedri Murano glass chandelier, Italian Design 1960s
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Milan, IT
A great classic of Carlo Scarpa's creations for Venini is the system of elements called Poliedri: a clever and elegant system for modeling lighting in shapes from time to time suited...
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Metal

Carlo Scarpa for Venini Ceiling Light
By Paolo Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Carlo Scarpa for Venini ceiling light Model 5258 Italy 1940s Handblown glass, steel, aluminum. Exquisite glass making technique. Takes one medium base bulb. Complimentary US rewiring...
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Carlo Scarpa Mid-Century Modern Murano Glass Poliedri Chandelier by Venini
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Italian chandelier from the island of Murano. This piece has a brass frame that supports an impressive array of 178 Murano glass, eggplant-colored, polyhedral shaped pieces. Illumina...
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Poliedri Italian Lamp Designed by Carlo Scarpa and Edited by Venini 1950
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Ibiza, Spain
The "Poliedri" suspension lamp, designed by Carlo Scarpa and edited by Venini, is a masterpiece of Italian design from the 1950s. It features Murano crystal pieces arranged over a wh...
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VENINI “Carlo Scarpa “ Poliedri. Chandelier Brass Murano Glass Iron 1955 Italy
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Milano, IT
VENINI Carlo Scarpa.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Venini Carlo Scarpa Chandelier Poliedri Murano Light Bluend Brass, 1950
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Milano, IT
Venini Carlo Scarpa chandelier Poliedri Murano light gray celestial and iron 1950.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Italian mid century glass Poliedri chandelier by Carlo Scarpa for Venini, 1958
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid century modern light pink and yellow polyhedral elements glass Poliedri chandelier or ceiling lamp by Carlo Scarpa for Venini, 1958. Glass chandelier, suitable as a ceili...
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VENINI “Carlo Scarpa “Chandelier “Poliedri” Murano Glass 1955 Italy
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Milano, IT
Lampadario Poliedri VENINI Carlo Scarpa . Originale del 1955. Perfetto stato.
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Murano Glass

Midcentury Carlo Scarpa Poliedri Chandeliers for Venini, Murano, Italy, 1960s
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Almelo, NL
MiCarlo Scarpa Poliedri Chandeliers for Venini, Murano, Italy, 1960s. We have two exquisite mid-century Venini Murano glass chandeliers for sale, designed by Carlo Scarpa in Italy...
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Carlo Scarpa for Venini Reticello Murano Glass Globe, Italy, circa 1940
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in New York, NY
A hand blown glass globe / sphere with stunning reticello glass design, wiith brass stem and canopy. Designed by Carlo Scarpa for Venini, circa 1940. A c...
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1940s Italian Vintage Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Carlo Scarpa Green Poliedri Chandelier in Murano Opaline Glass for Venini, 1958
By Carlo Scarpa, Venini
Located in Vicenza, IT
“Poliedri” chandelier designed by Carlo Scarpa and produced by the Italian manufacturer Venini in, 1958. Made of opaline Murano glass. Born in Venice on June 2nd, 1906, Carlo Scarpa began working at a very early age. Only a year after he had first qualified as an architect in 1926, he began working for the Murano glassmakers Cappellin & Co. in a consultative capacity; from 1927, he began to experiment with the Murano glass, and this research not only gave him excellent results here but would also inform his progress for many years to come. Between 1935 and 1937, as he entered his thirties, Carlo Scarpa accepted his first important commission, the renovation of Venice’s Cà Foscari. He adapted the spaces of this stately University building which stands on the banks of the Grand Canal, creating rooms for the Dean’s offices and a new hall for academic ceremonies; Mario Sironi and Mario De Luigi were charged with doing the restoration work on the frescos. After 1945, Carlo Scarpa found himself constantly busy with new commissions, including various furnishings and designs for the renovation of Venice’s Hotel Bauer and designing a tall building in Padua and a residential area in Feltre, which are all worth mention. One of his key works, despite its relatively modest diminished proportions, was the first of many works which were to follow in the nineteen fifties: the [bookshop known as the] Padiglione del Libro, which stands in Venice’s Giardini di Castello and shows clearly Scarpa’s passion for the works of Frank Lloyd Wright. In the years which were to follow, after he had met the American architect, Scarpa repeated similar experiments on other occasions, as can be seen, in particular, in the sketches he drew up in 1953 for villa Zoppas in Conegliano, which show some of his most promising work. However, this work unfortunately never came to fruition. Carlo Scarpa later created three museum layouts to prove pivotal in terms of how twentieth-century museums were to be set up from then on. Between 1955 and 1957, he completed extension work on Treviso’s Gipsoteca Canoviana [the museum that houses Canova’s sculptures] in Possagno, taking a similar experimental approach to the one he used for the Venezuelan Pavilion at [Venice’s] Giardini di Castello which he was building at the same time (1954-56). In Possagno Carlo Scarpa was to create one of his greatest ever works, which inevitably bears comparison with two other museum layouts that he was working on over the same period, those of the Galleria Nazionale di Sicilia, housed in the Palazzo Abatellis in Palermo (1953-55) and at the Castelvecchio in Verona (1957- 1974), all of which were highly acclaimed, adding to his growing fame. Two other buildings, which are beautifully arranged in spatial terms, can be added to this long list of key works that were started and, in some cases, even completed during the nineteen fifties. After winning the Olivetti award for architecture in 1956, Scarpa began work in Venice’s Piazza San Marco on an area destined to house products made by the Industrial manufacturers Ivrea. Over the same period (1959-1963), he also worked on renovation and restoration of the gardens and ground floor of the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, which many consider being one of his greatest works. While he busied himself working on-site at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Carlo Scarpa also began work building a villa in Udine for the Veritti family. To shed some light on the extent to which his work evolved over the years, it may perhaps be useful to compare this work with that of his very last building, villa Ottolenghi Bardolino, which was near to completion at the time of his sudden death in 1978. Upon completion of villa Veritti over the next ten years, without ever letting up on his work on renovation and layouts, Scarpa accepted some highly challenging commissions which were to make the most of his formal skills, working on the Carlo Felice Theatre in Genoa as well as another theatre in Vicenza. Towards the end of this decade, in 1969, Rina Brion commissioned Carlo Scarpa to build the Brion Mausoleum in San Vito d’Altivole (Treviso), a piece he continued to work on right up until the moment of his death. Nevertheless, even though he was totally absorbed by work on this mausoleum, there are plenty of other episodes which can offer some insight into the final years of his career. As work on the San Vito d’Altivole Mausoleum began to lessen from 1973, Carlo Scarpa began work building the new headquarters for the Banca Popolare di Verona. He drew up plans that were surprisingly different from the work he was carrying out at the same time on the villa Ottolenghi. However, the plans Carlo Scarpa drew up, at different times, for a monument in Brescia’s Piazza della Loggia commemorating victims of the terrorist attack on May 28th, 1974, make a sharp contrast to the work he carried out in Verona, almost as if there is a certain hesitation after so many mannered excesses. The same Pietas that informs his designs for the Piazza Della Loggia can also be seen in the presence of the water that flows through the Brion Mausoleum, almost as if to give a concrete manifestation of pity in this twentieth-century work of art. Carlo Scarpa has put together a highly sophisticated collection of structures, occupying the mausoleum’s L-shaped space stretching across both sides of the old San Vito d’Altivole cemetery. A myriad of different forms and an equally large number of different pieces, all of which are separate and yet inextricably linked to form a chain that seems to offer no promise of continuity, rising up out of these are those whose only justification for being there is to bear the warning “si vis vitam, para mortem”, [if you wish to experience life prepare for death] as if to tell a tale that suggests the circle of time, joining together the commemoration of the dead with a celebration of life. At the entrance of the Brion Mausoleum stand the “propylaea” followed by a cloister which ends by a small chapel, with an arcosolium bearing the family sarcophagi, the main pavilion, held in place on broken cast iron supports, stands over a mirror-shaped stretch of water and occupies one end of the family’s burial space. The musical sound of the walkways teamed with the luminosity of these harmoniously blended spaces shows how, in keeping with his strong sense of vision, Carlo Scarpa could make the most of all of his many skills to come up with this truly magnificent space. As well as a great commitment to architectural work, with the many projects which we have already seen punctuating his career, Carlo Scarpa also made many equally important forays into the world of applied arts. Between 1926 and 1931, he worked for the Murano glassmakers Cappellin, later taking what he had learned with him when he went to work for the glassmakers Venini from 1933 until the 1950s. The story of how he came to work on furniture design is different, however, and began with the furniture he designed to replace lost furnishings during his renovation of Cà Foscari. The later mass-produced furniture started differently, given that many pieces were originally one-off designs “made to measure”. Industrial manufacturing using these designs as prototypes came into being thanks to the continuity afforded him by Dino Gavina, who, as well as this, also invited Carlo Scarpa to become president of the company Gavina SpA, later to become SIMON, a company Gavina founded 8 years on, in partnership with Maria Simoncini (whose own name accounts for the choice of company name). Carlo Scarpa and Gavina forged a strong bond in 1968 as they began to put various models of his into production for Simon, such as the “Doge” table, which also formed the basis for the “Sarpi” and “Florian” tables. In the early seventies, other tables that followed included “Valmarana”, “Quatour” and “Orseolo”. While in 1974, they added couch and armchair “Cornaro” to the collection and the “Toledo” bed...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Murano Glass

Carlo Scarpa Big “Poliedri” Chandelier in Murano Opaline Glass for Venini, 1958
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Vicenza, IT
“Poliedri” chandelier designed by Carlo Scarpa and produced by the Italian manufacturer Venini in, 1958. Made of opaline Murano glass. Born in Venice on June 2nd, 1906, Carlo Scarpa began working at a very early age. Only a year after he had first qualified as an architect in 1926, he began working for the Murano glassmakers Cappellin & Co. in a consultative capacity; from 1927, he began to experiment with the Murano glass, and this research not only gave him excellent results here but would also inform his progress for many years to come. Between 1935 and 1937, as he entered his thirties, Carlo Scarpa accepted his first important commission, the renovation of Venice’s Cà Foscari. He adapted the spaces of this stately University building which stands on the banks of the Grand Canal, creating rooms for the Dean’s offices and a new hall for academic ceremonies; Mario Sironi and Mario De Luigi were charged with doing the restoration work on the frescos. After 1945, Carlo Scarpa found himself constantly busy with new commissions, including various furnishings and designs for the renovation of Venice’s Hotel Bauer and designing a tall building in Padua and a residential area in Feltre, which are all worth mention. One of his key works, despite its relatively modest diminished proportions, was the first of many works which were to follow in the nineteen fifties: the [bookshop known as the] Padiglione del Libro, which stands in Venice’s Giardini di Castello and shows clearly Scarpa’s passion for the works of Frank Lloyd Wright. In the years which were to follow, after he had met the American architect, Scarpa repeated similar experiments on other occasions, as can be seen, in particular, in the sketches he drew up in 1953 for villa Zoppas in Conegliano, which show some of his most promising work. However, this work unfortunately never came to fruition. Carlo Scarpa later created three museum layouts to prove pivotal in terms of how twentieth-century museums were to be set up from then on. Between 1955 and 1957, he completed extension work on Treviso’s Gipsoteca Canoviana [the museum that houses Canova’s sculptures] in Possagno, taking a similar experimental approach to the one he used for the Venezuelan Pavilion at [Venice’s] Giardini di Castello which he was building at the same time (1954-56). In Possagno Carlo Scarpa was to create one of his greatest ever works, which inevitably bears comparison with two other museum layouts that he was working on over the same period, those of the Galleria Nazionale di Sicilia, housed in the Palazzo Abatellis in Palermo (1953-55) and at the Castelvecchio in Verona (1957- 1974), all of which were highly acclaimed, adding to his growing fame. Two other buildings, which are beautifully arranged in spatial terms, can be added to this long list of key works that were started and, in some cases, even completed during the nineteen fifties. After winning the Olivetti award for architecture in 1956, Scarpa began work in Venice’s Piazza San Marco on an area destined to house products made by the Industrial manufacturers Ivrea. Over the same period (1959-1963), he also worked on renovation and restoration of the gardens and ground floor of the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, which many consider being one of his greatest works. While he busied himself working on-site at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Carlo Scarpa also began work building a villa in Udine for the Veritti family. To shed some light on the extent to which his work evolved over the years, it may perhaps be useful to compare this work with that of his very last building, villa Ottolenghi Bardolino, which was near to completion at the time of his sudden death in 1978. Upon completion of villa Veritti over the next ten years, without ever letting up on his work on renovation and layouts, Scarpa accepted some highly challenging commissions which were to make the most of his formal skills, working on the Carlo Felice Theatre in Genoa as well as another theatre in Vicenza. Towards the end of this decade, in 1969, Rina Brion commissioned Carlo Scarpa to build the Brion Mausoleum in San Vito d’Altivole (Treviso), a piece he continued to work on right up until the moment of his death. Nevertheless, even though he was totally absorbed by work on this mausoleum, there are plenty of other episodes which can offer some insight into the final years of his career. As work on the San Vito d’Altivole Mausoleum began to lessen from 1973, Carlo Scarpa began work building the new headquarters for the Banca Popolare di Verona. He drew up plans that were surprisingly different from the work he was carrying out at the same time on the villa Ottolenghi. However, the plans Carlo Scarpa drew up, at different times, for a monument in Brescia’s Piazza della Loggia commemorating victims of the terrorist attack on May 28th, 1974, make a sharp contrast to the work he carried out in Verona, almost as if there is a certain hesitation after so many mannered excesses. The same Pietas that informs his designs for the Piazza Della Loggia can also be seen in the presence of the water that flows through the Brion Mausoleum, almost as if to give a concrete manifestation of pity in this twentieth-century work of art. Carlo Scarpa has put together a highly sophisticated collection of structures, occupying the mausoleum’s L-shaped space stretching across both sides of the old San Vito d’Altivole cemetery. A myriad of different forms and an equally large number of different pieces, all of which are separate and yet inextricably linked to form a chain that seems to offer no promise of continuity, rising up out of these are those whose only justification for being there is to bear the warning “si vis vitam, para mortem”, [if you wish to experience life prepare for death] as if to tell a tale that suggests the circle of time, joining together the commemoration of the dead with a celebration of life. At the entrance of the Brion Mausoleum stand the “propylaea” followed by a cloister which ends by a small chapel, with an arcosolium bearing the family sarcophagi, the main pavilion, held in place on broken cast iron supports, stands over a mirror-shaped stretch of water and occupies one end of the family’s burial space. The musical sound of the walkways teamed with the luminosity of these harmoniously blended spaces shows how, in keeping with his strong sense of vision, Carlo Scarpa could make the most of all of his many skills to come up with this truly magnificent space. As well as a great commitment to architectural work, with the many projects which we have already seen punctuating his career, Carlo Scarpa also made many equally important forays into the world of applied arts. Between 1926 and 1931, he worked for the Murano glassmakers Cappellin, later taking what he had learned with him when he went to work for the glassmakers Venini from 1933 until the 1950s. The story of how he came to work on furniture design is different, however, and began with the furniture he designed to replace lost furnishings during his renovation of Cà Foscari. The later mass-produced furniture started differently, given that many pieces were originally one-off designs “made to measure”. Industrial manufacturing using these designs as prototypes came into being thanks to the continuity afforded him by Dino Gavina, who, as well as this, also invited Carlo Scarpa to become president of the company Gavina SpA, later to become SIMON, a company Gavina founded 8 years on, in partnership with Maria Simoncini (whose own name accounts for the choice of company name). Carlo Scarpa and Gavina forged a strong bond in 1968 as they began to put various models of his into production for Simon, such as the “Doge” table, which also formed the basis for the “Sarpi” and “Florian” tables. In the early seventies, other tables that followed included “Valmarana”, “Quatour” and “Orseolo”. While in 1974, they added couch and armchair “Cornaro” to the collection and the “Toledo” bed...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Murano Glass

Carlo Scarpa Poliedri Chandelier 1969 Murano Glass Light 110cm Mid Century Italy
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Munster, NRW
Called "Poliedri" in Italian and known as "Polyhedral" in English, this design was created by Carlos Scarpa (1906-1978) for Venini when he was their art...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

21st Century Carlo Scarpa 99.37, 12-Light Chandeliers in Crystal
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in murano, IT
An innovative designer with a passion for experimentation, Carlo Scarpa turned this work into the utmost expression of his artistic and artisanal knowledge. The linearity of glass me...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

21st Century Carlo Scarpa 99.37 8-Light Chandeliers in Crystal
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in murano, IT
An innovative designer with a passion for experimentation, Carlo Scarpa turned this work into the utmost expression of his artistic and artisanal knowledge. The linearity of glass me...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

21st Century Carlo Scarpa 99.37 16-Light Chandeliers in Crystal
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in murano, IT
An innovative designer with a passion for experimentation, Carlo Scarpa turned this work into the utmost expression of his artistic and artisanal knowledge. The linearity of glass me...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Carlo Scarpa Poliedri Ceiling Lamp for Venini in Yellow and Grey, Italy 1950s
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Milan, IT
Carlo Scarpa Murano Glass Poliedri ceiling lamp for Venini in yellow and Grey, Italy 1950s.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Venini Original Pink and Ice Poliedri Chandelier by Carlo Scarpa, 1955
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Rome, IT
Fabulous original Venini Poliedri chandelier by Carlo Scarpa. Rare combination of light pink and Ice colored Murano glass. Chrome frame in very good original condition. Available ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Murano Blown Glass Neoclassic Chandelier Design by Carlo Scarpa Venini Official
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in murano, IT
Venini’s artistic director for more than a decade, Carlo Scarpa deeply influenced the company’s production, managing to merge his own intellectual vision with the highly refined tech...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Neoclassical Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Venini Pink and Ice Original Poliedri Chandelier by Carlo Scarpa, 1955
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Rome, IT
Fabulous original Venini Poliedri chandelier by Carlo Scarpa. Rare combination of light pink and Ice colored Murano glass. Ivory p...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Blown Glass

Venini, Chandelier Poliedri 1950, Carlo Scarpa
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Milano, IT
Chandelier 1950, Venini Carlo Scarpa structure iron /glass.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Large Poliedri Clear and Pale Blue Ceiling Light by Carlo Scarpa for Venini
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in London, GB
A large 1950s hexagon shaped Poliedri ceiling light. Clear and pale blue and amatyst Poliedri glass components. White lacquered metal structure. Italy design by Carlo Scarpa for Ven...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Venini Carlo Scarpa 12-Light Chandelier in Clear
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Carlo Scarpa chandelier, designed by Carlo Scarpa and manufactured by Venini, was originally designed in 1940. Numbered edition, available in three different sizes. Indoor use only. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Venini Chandelier Carlo Scarpa Poliedri 1950 Murano Glass Iron Brass, Italy
By Carlo Scarpa, Venini
Located in Milano, IT
VENINI chandelier Murano glass CARLO SCARPA Poliedri 1955 iron , Made in Italy.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Murano Glass

Modernist Handblown Translucent Murano Glass Polyhedral Chandelier
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in New York, NY
This luminous modernist glass chandelier features numerous handblown Murano translucent glass polyhedral shades. Each glass polyhedral shade...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Chrome

Large Polyhedron Amber Glass Chandelier by Carlo SCARPA
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Chandelier with amber glass, designed by Carlo Scarpa, Italy. Originally designed for Venini. Polyhedron chandelier with a white metal frame and nearly 200 polyhedron glass pieces i...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Carlo Scarpa chandeliers and pendants for sale on 1stDibs.

Carlo Scarpa chandeliers and pendants are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Carlo Scarpa chandeliers and pendants, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 34 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 7 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original chandeliers and pendants by Carlo Scarpa were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider chandeliers and pendants by Archimede Seguso, Barovier, and Luigi Caccia Dominioni. Prices for Carlo Scarpa chandeliers and pendants can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,775 and can go as high as $51,096, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $11,562.
Questions About Carlo Scarpa Chandeliers and Pendants
  • 1stDibs ExpertJune 6, 2024
    Yes, Tobia Scarpa is related to Carlo Scarpa. A well-known architect and designer in his own right, Tobia is the son of the legendary architect Carlo Scarpa. Tobia studied architecture at the Università Iuav di Venezia in Venice, where he met designer Afra Bianchin, who would become his wife and long-time collaborator. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of Tobia Scarpa furniture.

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