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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.

Murano Signed Venini Turquoise, Sapphire Blue, Orange Green Glass Sculpture
By Venini
Located in North Miami, FL
This unbelievable vintage glass Italian Murano object or sculpture or glass sword has the most gorgeous colors, signed Venini Murano Itlalia". A piece de resistance. It looks even mo...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Venini

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Glass

Stillboi Wall Lamp by Venini, White and Green
By Venini
Located in Edison, NJ
The Stillboi line was debuted by Venini in 1995. The spirits of Venini’s unmistakable identity have always been imprinted upon my memory. When I work for this noble company, I always...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Blown Glass

Stillboi Wall Lamp by Venini, White and Green
H 5.9 in. W 11.8 in. D 5.9 in.
Peter Marino Cilindro Small Pendant in Crystal and Black Murano Glass
By Peter Marino, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Cilindro Murano glass small pendant in crystal with black bands by Peter Marino for Venini. Bold shades of black blend together with the hues of crystal or tea of the cylindrical sha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Night in Venice Candleholder in Tea Balloton Glass by Venini
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The warm glow of candles meets glass etched using the special Balloton technique. Its light flickers and dances, casting a multitude of reflections on the refined tea, red, grape or ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Glass

Venini Murano Glass Bottles, Incalmo Two-Toned Neck Vases, Set of Three, 1960
By Ludovico Diaz de Santillana, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Venini murano glass bottles, Incalmo two-toned neck vases, set of three, c 1961. Free blown incalmo glass bottles with fused two tone necks, Polished pontils. The largest signed Veni...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Abaco Flush Light in White by Monica Guggisberg & Philip Baldwin
By Monica Guggisberg & Philip Baldwin, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, 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

Vintage Italian Chandelier w/ Clear Murano Glass Tubes Designed by Venini, 1960s
By Venini
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Italian chandelier with clear Murano glass tubes blown into beautiful oval shapes with textured designs, mounted on a tiered silver metal frame / Designed by Venini circa 196...
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1960s Italian Vintage Venini

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Murano Glass

Fazzoletto Oval Glass Bowl in Milk-White and Aquamarine by Venini
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, 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

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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 are 927 vintage editions of these items, while there are 482 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Venini were 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. Venini Furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $170 and tops out at $266,000, while pieces like these can sell for $3,169 on average.