Skip to main content

Venini

Venini & Co. (Italy)

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.


Applied Filters6 results
Creator:Venini
Dealer:LA Studio
Clear All
Category
Furniture6
Lighting6
Item type
6
Price
to
1
Shipping Options
Style
Period
Color
Material
Availability
Place of Origin
Creator
Display
Mid-Century Modern Edited by Venini Italian Ceiling Lamp
By Venini
Located in Madrid, ES
Italian ceiling lamp with six points of light and white lacquered structure. Composed of blown glass pieces. Edited by Venini, Italy, 1940s. Our main target is customer satisfacti...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini

Materials

Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Edited by Venini Murano Glass Italian Ceiling Lamp
By Venini
Located in Madrid, ES
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Edited by Venini Italian Ceiling Lamp
By Venini
Located in Madrid, ES
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini

Materials

Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Edited and Signed by Venini Italian Pair of Sconces
By Venini, Venini
Located in Madrid, ES
Category

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

Materials

Metal

Gino Sarfatti Mid-Century Modern Pair of Murano Glass Italian Sconces, 1960s
By Gino Sarfatti, Arteluce, Venini
Located in Madrid, ES
Mid-Century Modern pair of Italian sconces designed by Gino Sarfatti and edited by Arteluce. Handmade of different colored Murano glass pieces edited by Venini and white lacquered me...
Category

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Venini Crystal and Metal Pair of Italian Sconces
By Venini
Located in Madrid, ES
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

Materials

Metal

Related Items
Mid-Century Modern Edited by Venini Italian Ceiling Lamp
By Venini
Located in Madrid, ES
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini

Materials

Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Edited by Venini Murano Glass Italian Ceiling Lamp
By Venini
Located in Madrid, ES
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Edited by Zeroquattro Murano Glass Italian Pendant Lamp
By Zero Quattro
Located in Madrid, ES
Category

1660s Italian Mid-Century Modern Antique Venini

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Edited and Signed by Venini Italian Pair of Sconces
By Venini, Venini
Located in Madrid, ES
Category

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Murano Glass Italian Pendant Lamp
Located in Madrid, ES
Category

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Gaetano Sciolari Concorde Brass Italian Pending Lamp
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Madrid, ES
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

Materials

Brass, Steel

Mid-Century Modern Gaetano Sciolari Made of Steel Italian Pendant Lamp
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Madrid, ES
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

Materials

Steel

Mid-Century Modern Suspension Lamp Designed by Gaetano Sciolari
By Gaetano Sciolari
Located in Madrid, ES
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Italian Yellow Lacquered Metal and Brass Pendant Lamp
Located in Madrid, ES
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Style "Sputnik" Murano Glass and Brass Italian Pending Lamp
Located in Madrid, ES
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Venini Crystal and Metal Pair of Italian Sconces
By Venini
Located in Madrid, ES
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

Materials

Metal

Archille Castiglioni Modern Aluminum and Glass Taraxacum88 Italian Ceiling Lamp
By Achille Castiglioni, Flos
Located in Madrid, ES
Category

1980s Italian Modern Vintage Venini

Materials

Glass, Aluminum

More Venini Furniture