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Tomaso Buzzi

Italian, 1900-1981

Architect, urban planner, glass, furniture and landscape designer, and interior decorator — Tomaso Buzzi was a 20th-century renaissance man. Buzzi, along with his frequent collaborator Gio Ponti, led Italy’s Novecento Milanese movement of the 1920s and ‘30s — an approximate equivalent to France’s Art Deco movement. While Buzzi is prized for chairs, tables and other furnishings that modernized the majestic lines of 18th-century designs, he is best known for the remarkable, jewel-toned glassware he produced in a two-year stint as the artistic director of the Venini glassworks on the Venetian island of Murano.

     Buzzi was born in 1900 in the town of Sondrio in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. He studied at the Milan Polytechnic, and soon after he graduated joined a lively Milanese decorative arts scene. In 1927, he and Ponti joined fellow designers Paolo Venini and Michele Marelli to form a design collaborative called Il Labirinto (the Labyrinth), Italy’s answer to the Wiener Werkstätte. In 1932, when Venini's glass company lost the design services of the sculptor Napoleone Martinuzzi, who left to start his own factory, he turned to Buzzi. The young architect’s careful study of lighting design and a love for experimentation yielded major innovations in Murano glass fixtures. The forms of his wares were inspired by sources from antiquity as diverse as Persian urns and animal-shaped Etruscan jugs. Buzzi developed a complex glass-layering method that produced deep, glowing pastel colors that ran from pink to peach, to sea-green and slate blue.

     Buzzi furniture has a noteworthy elegance and nobility. Delicate chairs with arrow-shaped backs and elaborate burled wood armoires are typical of his aesthetic, and would add a sophisticated note to any room, modern or traditional. And an exemplary piece of Buzzi’s vibrant, lustrous glassware would merit a place of honor in every design collection.

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Tomaso Buzzi, Mid-Century Pink "Bullicante" Glass Chandelier by Venini
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Catania, CT
Great condition with no chips or cracks for this chandelier made from rare pink "bullicante" glass and designed by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini. Italy 1930s. Full working with EU standard...
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1930s Italian Art Deco Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Murano Glass

Tommaso Buzzi for Venini "Incamiciato" Murano Glass Vase, Italy, 1989
By Tomaso Buzzi, Venini
Located in Naples, IT
"Incamiciato" Italian Art glass vase by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini. Clear, white and green. With original label. Signed: Venini Italia '89.
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Murano Glass

Tomaso Buzzi Chandelier Mod. 5200 in Murano Glass by Venini, 1930 circa
By Tomaso Buzzi, Venini
Located in Milan, IT
This beautiful chandelier was designed by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini in the 30s. The brass structure supports the decorative elements in transparent Murano glass and gold leaf, which al...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Deco Tomaso Buzzi

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Metal

Pair of "Faether" Murano Glass Wall Sconces by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini, 1930s
By Tomaso Buzzi, Venini
Located in Wiesbaden, Hessen
A beautiful pair of large art deco gilt brass and Murano glass "Feather" sconces by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini, Italy, circa 1930s. Socket: each one x E 27 or E26 (US) for standard scr...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Brass

Vintage Green Cased Alga Glass Vase with Gold Leaf by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini
By Tomaso Buzzi, Venini
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Made in Italy, Murano, 1930s. Between 1932 and 1933 the Milanese architect Tomaso Buzzi, a spirited protagonist of the Milan “neoclassicist” movement, a friend and associate of Gio ...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Gold Leaf

Vintage Green Cased Alga Glass Vase with Gold Leaf by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini
By Tomaso Buzzi, Venini
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Made in Italy, Murano, 1930s. Between 1932 and 1933 the Milanese architect Tomaso Buzzi, a spirited protagonist of the Milan “neoclassicist” movement, a friend and associate of Gio ...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Gold Leaf

Murano Glass Chandelier Attributed to Tomaso Buzzi for Venini
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Murano glass chandelier designed by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini. Original label numbered. Elegant structure composed by three different part, the central one supports the decorative el...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Glass, Murano Glass

Venini Gold Leaf Vase by Tomaso Buzzi
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in London, GB
Tommaso Buzzi, Venini Gold Leaf Vase Designer: Tommaso Buzzi Place of origin: Italy Design period: Model from 1933, 1985 Edition. Condition: Excellent Materials: Glas...
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1980s Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Glass

Laguna Glass Jar by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini Murano, ca. 1932
By Tomaso Buzzi, Venini
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Laguna glass jar by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini Murano ca. 1932 A rare Venini jar in laguna glass with heart-shaped mouth and applied handle and foot in gold shaded ivory glass. Desig...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tomaso Buzzi

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Murano Glass, Art Glass

Coffee Table, Design Tomaso Buzzi & Giò Ponti, in Oak Wood Ang Glass, Italy, 40s
By Gio Ponti, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Torino, IT
Coffee table, design Tomaso Buzzi & Giò Ponti, in oak wood Origin Italy Period 40s / 50s Designer Tomaso BUZZI & Giò PONTI Materials Oak wood and smoked glass (not or...
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1940s Italian Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Glass, Smoked Glass, Wood, Oak

Vase #3315 by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in New York, NY
Cased glass in dark brown & gold. 3-line acid etched stamp to bottom date the production of this vase somewhere between 1945-1966.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tomaso Buzzi

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Art Glass, Blown Glass

Vanity Dresser by Tomaso Buzzi, 1930s
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Milano, IT
Wooden dresser from the 1930s designed by Tomaso Buzzi made by fine Italian manufacture. The structure is completely in wood, at the sides there are two drawer units, composed of fo...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Metal

Vase by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini, Italy 1930's
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in New York, NY
Rose-colored baluster-shaped glass vase with gold fleck inclusions throughout, raised on a clear and gold glass base. Similar model pictured in Marc Heiremans’ Murano Glass” page 43 ...
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1940s Italian Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Blown Glass

Tomaso Buzzi 1929 Pair of Wooden Structure Chairs
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Paris, FR
Tomaso Buzzi (Sondrio, 1900 - Rapallo, 1981) Italian architect and Designer ( Well Known for the conception of Famous "La Scarzuola" in Italy) Pair of wood sculpted structure and ne...
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1920s Italian Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Wood

Tomaso Buzzi Masterwork 1930 Triennale of Modern Decorative Arts Monza, Italy
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Dallas, TX
Early and important Tomaso Buzzi dining room server cabinet embellished with ornately detailed marquetry depicting the entrance to the ‘Bosphorus Straits’. The artwork is an imaginat...
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Early 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tomaso Buzzi

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Wood

Pair of Murano Glass "Feather" Sconces by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini Italy, 1930s
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Pair of murano glass "Feather" Sconces Model 413 by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini Italy, 1932-33. Pulegoso glass and filigrana glass mounted on brass frame. Exhibited at the 5th Milan Tr...
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Early 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tomaso Buzzi

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Brass

Gold Leaf, Beige Murano Glass & Brass '30s Chandelier by T. Buzzi for Venini
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Varese, Lombardia
Rare and beautiful 1930s pendant lamp designed by T. Buzzi for Venini. The brass structure supports the decorative elements in transparent Murano glass and gold leaf, which alternate...
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1930s Italian Art Deco Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Brass

Tomaso Buzzi Sconces for Venini
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Rovereta, SM
Early four of sconces by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini.
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Brass

Lidded Bottle with Cup by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in New York, NY
Lattimo glass, clear and white with gold painted foot to both pieces. Designed by Buzzi in 1932 and presented at the 18th Venice Biennale also in 1932. Published: Tomaso Buzzi at Ven...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Glass

Tomaso Buzzi for Venini Vase
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in New York, NY
“Incamiciato” vase by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini, 1933-1984. Designed in the 1930s this example was executed in 1984. Cased-glass vase of mauve exterior and white interior. Hand blown f...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tomaso Buzzi

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Glass

Model No. B-30 Floor Lamp by Franco Buzzi for Oluce
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Model No. B-30 floor lamp by Franco Buzzi for Oluce. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa the 1950s. Enameled metal, brass, marble base. Original cord. We recommend one E27 100w...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Marble, Metal, Brass

Tomaso Buzzi Murano Venini Glass Italian Aqua Green Vase
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Roma, IT
Large jacketed Murano glass vase designed by Tomaso Buzzi. The original round label, "MURANO MADE IN ITALY VENINI," is on the body and the base has the small full acid-etched signatu...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Tomaso Buzzi

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Glass

Tomaso Buzzi Rare Rustic Table with Certified, 1928
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Milano, IT
Sandblasted oak, the only example made for the house R. 1928. Accompanied by a “Certificate of Authenticity” from the Buzzi archive and a letter from the project written by the autho...
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1920s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Venini Sconces by Tomaso Buzzi in "Pulegoso" Glass
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Early pair of sconces by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini in Murano glass in the "Pulegoso" Technique and brass, circa 1935 Similar if not identical models can be found in Buzzi´s literatur...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Brass

Glass Vase by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in New York, NY
"Incamiciato" Italian art glass vase by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini. Cased glass, clear, white and grey, deep purple foot. Marked: Venini italia, 1983.
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

Rare Pair of Armchairs by Tomaso Buzzi
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Milan, IT
Mid 1930s armchairs by Tomaso Buzzi. Literature and provenance available upon request.
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1930s Italian Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Upholstery, Wood

Italian Mid Century Modern Venini White Glass Vase by Tomaso Buzzi, 1983
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
"Incamiciato" Italian art glass vase by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini. Stunning white glass in original Venini box and with "Certificate of Authenticity."
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Art Glass, Blown Glass

"Incamiciato" Italian Art Glass Vase by Tomaso Buzzi
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in New York, NY
"Incamiciato" Italian Art glass vase by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini. Clear, white and purple. With original label. Signed: Venini Italia '85.
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Art Glass

Exceptional Tomaso Buzzi Mahogany Bench
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in East Hampton, NY
In original velvet upholstery, this simple X-shape mahogany bench is perfect for a vanity or any other use. By Tomaso Buzzi.
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1940s Italian Art Deco Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Mahogany, Velvet

Elegant Tomaso Buzzi Armchair, circa 1936
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Rome, IT
Elegant Tomaso Buzzi armchair, circa 1936 elm wood ,black laquered elm , cotton fabric Misure: h 87 cm 57 x 56 cm available with a pair of chair of the same original forniture
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1930s Italian Art Deco Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Elm, Cotton

Model 3321 Red and Black Glass Vase by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini, 1950s
By Tomaso Buzzi, Venini
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A rare Rosa e Negro model number 3321 glass vase by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini. 1950s or 1960s. Unsigned. (Likely originally bore a factory sticker.) Base has a rough pontil mark an...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tomaso Buzzi

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Art Glass

Tomaso Buzzi Italian sycamore and brass commode 1940s
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Paris, FR
This rare chest of drawers designed by Tomaso Buzzi in Italy in the 1940s imparts a cosy, chic and glowing mood to a space. The warm sycamore remains looking healthy and smooth seven...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Brass

Tomaso Buzzi Pair of Nightstands in Walnut
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Tomaso Buzzi, nightstands, walnut, Italy, 1940s These two rare side tables or nightstands are both refined and elegant in every way. The brass detailing underneath the beautifully...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Brass

Tomaso Buzzi furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Tomaso Buzzi furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of Tomaso Buzzi furniture to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 28 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original furniture by Tomaso Buzzi 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 Ludovico Diaz de Santillana, Roberto Pamio and , Pia Guidetti Crippa. The prices for Tomaso Buzzi furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price for these items starts at US$1,475 and tops out at US$425,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$5,725.

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