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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 who created extraordinary chandeliers, sconces and other lighting in the centuries-old glass workshops on the Venetian island of Murano.

While the company’s co-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 Gio Ponti, Massimo Vignelli, Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala, Thomas Stearns of 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 and antiques dealer Giacomo Cappellin established Vetri Soffiati Cappellin Venini & C. in 1921 — Venini took over the company as his own in 1925, and under his direction, it produced mainly classical Baroque designs.

In 1932, Venini 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 centuries — Venini has produced one of the truly great bodies of work in modern design.

Find antique and vintage Venini chandeliers, serveware, table lamps, decorative objects and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Venini Clessidra Hourglass in Amber 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, im...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Mid Century Italian Modern Triedri Murano Glass Flush Mount Chandelier
By Venini
Located in Escalona, Toledo
Magnificent Italian recessed lamp by Venini. This hexagonal ceiling light consists of a brass and steel structure with two heights and six E14 bu...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini

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Brass, Steel

Lampadario di Paolo Venini con vetri Murano lavorati a filigrana, 1970
By Venini
Located in Palermo, IT
Bellissimo lampadario a tre diffusori di luce costituiti da bocce in vetro di Murano con motivo a filigrana di Venini bianco e giallo con struttura in ottone e ghisa. Perfettamente...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini

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Brass

Large "Triedi" Chandelier by Venini Clear and Gold Leaded Murano Glass Crystal
By Venini
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A large "Triedi" chandelier by Venini from Italy, circa 1960s, is comprised of easily over 100 alternating clear and light gold-tone leaded crystal prisms on a brushed steel armature...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Crystal, Steel

Pair of Large Murano Wall Light Design Venini for Kalmar, Austria, 1970s
By Venini, Kalmar Lighting
Located in Aachen, NRW
Set of 2 Stunning Murano glass wall lights designed by Venini for Kalmar, 1970s Brass frame gathers 9 structured glasses, beautifully refracting the light very heavy quality. Hig...
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1970s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Brass

Venini Midcentury "Tessuto" White and Crystal Murano Glass Chandelier, 1970s
By Carlo Scarpa, Venini
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing Mid Century White and Crystal "Tessuto" Murano Glass Chandelier. This wonderful object was produced in Italy in the 70s by Venini. Woven Glass created by Carlo Scarpa for Venini in the 1930s; similar to filigree but obtained using very thin reeds joined with alternating colors and flattened to form strips similar to fabric ribbons, joined and manipulated to obtain the desired design. This is an exceptionally beautiful chandelier due to the state of the piece, the size of the light but above all the subtlety of the Tessuto Murano Glass. A stunning piece of lighting with infinite elegance that will complement an art deco or mid-century living room or entryway perfectly. The Chandelier uses a single E26/27 light bulb. Scarpa was born in Venice. Much of his early childhood was spent in Vicenza, where his family moved when he was 2 years old. After his mother's death at the age of 13, he moved with his father and brother to Venice. Carlo attended the Academy of Fine Arts where he concentrated on architectural studies. Graduated from the Academy of Venice, with the title of Professor of Architecture, he was apprenticed to the architect Francesco Rinaldo. Scarpa married Rinaldo's niece, Nini Lazzari (Onorina Lazzari). However, Scarpa refused to take the pro forma...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Brass

Venini Green Dome Pendant Light by Ludovico Diaz de Santillana
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
A documented pendant light by designed Ludovico Diaz de Santillana. Santillana was the director and a designer for the famed glass house Venini from 1959-1985. Dome shade is hand blo...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Brass

Two Glass and Brass Chandeliers
By Venini
Located in Antwerp, BE
One brass chandelier with eight glass leaves. Total height 67 cm. Diameter:46 cm. Height fixture:30 cm.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini

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Brass

Two Glass and Brass Chandeliers
Two Glass and Brass Chandeliers
H 11.82 in Dm 18.12 in
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Venini furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Venini furniture 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 Venini furniture, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 1,141 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 1,298 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Venini were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Ettore Sottsass, Artemide, and Vistosi. Prices for Venini furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $11 and can go as high as $377,941, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,694.

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