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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.

Magnificent Murano Blown Glass Chandelier by Venini with Red Accent, 1920s
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
VENINI A stunning early Venini Murano blown glass ten branch chandelier. In fine straw glass with delicate ruby red edging, Italy, late 1920s. Dimensions: 54 Diameter x 50 H Can be m...
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1920s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Blown Glass

Taupe Colored Poliedri Murano Glass Sconces Mid-Century Modern Venini Italy 1970
By Venini
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of colored Poliedri Mid-Century Modern murano glass wall sconces, by Venini, Italy 1970s. This Venini design was first shown in the 1958 Brussels Exhibition, in the Italian Pav...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Metal

Venere Fazzoletto Gold Foglia in Powder Pink Glass by Venini
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
A vase made in cased glass using the “Opalini” technique. This model is distinguished by its lower, wider opening with the typical wavy shape: a new take on a classic design. Addi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Glass

Large Venini Wall Lights by Carlo Scarpa
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in New York, NY
Large wall lights designed by Carlo Scarpa for Venini in the 1940s. Each is composed of five hand blow Murano glasses made in the “Corteccia” technique. The color of the glass is amb...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Abaco Flush Light in White by Monica Guggisberg & Philip Baldwin
By Venini, Monica Guggisberg & Philip Baldwin
Located in New York, NY
Abaco wall sconce in handmade blown glass. Simple and decorative lighting solution for any room or environment. Also available in other colors or as a wall sconce. Light source: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Art Glass

Fazzoletto Oval Glass Bowl in Milk-White and Apple Green by Venini
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Venini glass bowl with pinched rim in milk-white and apple green. Perfect for indoor home decor as container, vide-poche or statement piece for any room. Also available in other colo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Art Glass

Fazzoletto Oval Glass Bowl in Milk-White and Aquamarine by Venini
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Venini glass bowl with pinched rim in milk-white and aquamarine. Perfect for indoor home decor as container, vide-poche or statement piece for any room. Also available in other color...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Art Glass

Monofiore Balloton Glass Vase in Bamboo with Red Thread Rim by Venini
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Venini glass vase with full body and textured surface with hexagonal shaped pattern in bamboo designed in 1970. Perfect for indoor home decor as container or strong statement piece f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Art Glass

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