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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.

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Napoleone Martinuzzi, Venini, Succulent Model 2469 Cactus Sculpture 1929 Signed
By Napoleone Martinuzzi, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Napoleone Martinuzzi, Venini, Succulent Model 2469 Cactus Sculpture 1929, Signed. Exceedingly rare example of a signed Venini succulent by Matinuzzi. Museum-worthy masterwork by Ma...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Large Murano Glass Chandelier/Flush Mount by Venini
By Venini
Located in Dallas, TX
Large Drum shaped Murano glass chandelier or flush mount, by Venini, Italy 1980s. The Mid-Century Modern chandelier is made of clear Triedri Murano glasses on a chrome frame. The v...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Chrome

VENINI “Carlo Scarpa” Picture Frames Murano Glass Brass 1940 Italy
By Venini
Located in Milano, IT
VENINI Picture Frame.
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1940s Italian Other Vintage Venini

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Murano Glass

Vintage Red Murano Glass Vase by Tobia Scarpa for Venini, 1960
By Tobia Scarpa, Venini
Located in Milano, IT
A particular vintage vase in Murano glass by Tobia Scarpa for Venini, designed in 1960. The vase was made with the techniques of blown glass and Murrina. The vase by Tobia Scarpa has...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Vintage Green Pair of Table Lamps with White Frosted Murano Glass Shades
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Do you want elegance and emerald green highlights in your room accents? Not just a pair of lamps, this is sculptural and ornamental lighting. A rare Italian Minimalist pair of lamps ...
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1990s Italian Organic Modern Venini

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Brass

Simbiosi Artist Proof Glass and Marble Sculpture by Emmanuel Babled for Venini
By Emmanuel Babled, Venini
Located in murano, IT
Simbiosi is an edition of unique glass and marble pieces, marrying the two materials into vases It is in the border between manufactured products and one of sculptures. The functiona...
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2010s Italian Arts and Crafts Venini

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Carrara Marble

Pigmenti Large Vase in Glazed Grape Glass by Venini
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
With the Pigmenti collection, Venini aims to send out a sign of renewal through the development of a classic form as the expression of a contemporary interior design accessory. PIGME...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Glass

Deco Medium Vase in Ox Blood Red Glass by Napoleone Martinuzzi
By Napoleone Martinuzzi, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Historic vase designed by Napoleone Martinuzzi in opalino glass characterized by round horizontal ribs. The model is proposed in three shades of colour and in three sizes. Rhythm"...
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20th Century Italian Modern Venini

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Glass

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Venini furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Venini furniture are 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 Venini collection of furniture, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock, we have 958 vintage editions of these items, while there are 481 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Venini was created in Europe during the 20th century in the modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Barovier & Toso, Gaetano Sciolari and Stilnovo. The prices for Venini furniture can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $115 and tops out at $266,000, while pieces like these can sell for $3,203 on average.

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