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Venini Furniture

Italian

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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Creator: Venini
Dealer: Modest Designs
Fulvio Bianconi, Pair Doppio Incalmo Vases, Model 4396
By Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Early examples of this rare form. Hand blown glass in the incalmo technique; one in a clear, blue and red banded design, the other blue, clear and purple. The incalmo process, first ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Furniture

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Blown Glass

Large Massimo Vignelli Pendant Lamp for Venini
By Venini, Massimo Vignelli
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Largest size pendant in white, tan and orange fasce glass. Early example is in pristine condition.
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1950s Italian Vintage Venini Furniture

Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Pezzato Vase for Venini
By Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Model 1329 in the 'Paris' colorway of red, blue, green, and hay yellow glass. One of Bianconi's major contributions to the art of glassmaking, the Pezzato series premiered at the 195...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Furniture

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Art Glass

Fulvio Bianconi Fasce Bottle for Venini, Signed
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful early example of this Classic Venini design. Extra-long neck and bright yellow stripe on dark blue base. Venini label sticker covers most of the acid stamp.
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1950s Italian Vintage Venini Furniture

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Glass

Pair of 1940s, Venini Canister Lamps
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Great early pair of glass rod canister lamps with nickeled brass hardware and glass ball finial. Internal light gives beautiful mood lighting. Original l...
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1940s Italian Vintage Venini Furniture

Venini Brass and Cased Glass Lantern
By Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Cobolt blue and milk glass lantern-styled ceiling lamp with brass blade armature.
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1950s Italian Vintage Venini Furniture

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Glass

Two Massimo Vignelli Pendant Lights for Venini
By Venini, Massimo Vignelli
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Striped cased glass pendants.
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1960s Italian Vintage Venini Furniture

Materials

Glass

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Venini Fungo Pendant Light in Gray and White by Massimo Vignelli
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Chandelier of Brass and Murano Glass Venini 1950.
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Located in Milano, IT
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Venini ´Swirl´ Sphere Chandelier or Lantern in Murano Glass, circa 1970s
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Beautiful pendant light in sphere shape, in white swirled hand blown Murano glass, attributed to Venini, circa 1970. The length at which this lamp is now is of 90 cm drop, but this ...
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Pezzato Arlechino Bottle Shaped Vase by Fulvio Bianconi, Model 4319, Venini
By Venini, Fulvio Bianconi
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21st Century Fungo Pendant Light in Grey/Milk-White by Massimo Vignelli
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1960s Murano Glass Lantern by Venini
By Venini
Located in Paris, FR
Rare 1960s Murano "Champagne" blown glass lantern by Venini. Six lights.
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1960s Italian Vintage Venini Furniture

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‘Fungo’ Murano Glass Table Lamp by Massimo Vignelli for Venini, Italy, 1950s
By Massimo Vignelli, Venini
Located in Steenwijk, NL
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Furniture

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1940s Hobnail Milk Glass Lamps, a Pair
Located in Waxahachie, TX
Vintage pair of hobnail milk glass and brass lamps. Hollywood regency. 1940s
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1940s Hollywood Regency Vintage Venini Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Midcentury Murano Bedside Lamp, 1940s
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
A pair of fun small lamps inteded to stand beside the bed made in brass and glass. Note that the etching on the glass is individual for each lamp. Working and in nice condition.
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Venini Pendant Light Chandelier, Curved Crystal Glass and Gilt Brass, Italy
By Venini
Located in Hausmannstätten, AT
A wonderful Italian hollywood regency pendant light by Venini manufactured in Mid-Century in the 1960s. It is made of pairwise curved crystal Murano...
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Signed Venini Fazzoletto Art Glass Vase by Fulvio Bianconi Murano, Italy, 1950
By Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in Nierstein am Rhein, DE
A midcentury Venini "Fazzoletto" art glass vase designed by Fulvio Bianconi, Murano, Italy, circa 1950. Early execution by Venini, signed with three-line acid stamp Venini - Murano, ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Furniture

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Art Glass

Pair of 1940s Mahogany Equestrian Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of horse head table lamps hand-carved from solid mahogany in a rich, polished finish. USA, circa 1940. Newly rewired/restored with polished brass hardware and French black sil...
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Pair of 1940s Mahogany Equestrian Table Lamps
Pair of 1940s Mahogany Equestrian Table Lamps
H 19.5 in W 14.25 in D 7.25 in
Previously Available Items
Pair of Venini Pendant Lights by Massimo Vignelli
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Red and white striped cased glass lights. Out of production. Venini sticker to one unit. Can be purchased separately.
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1960s Italian Vintage Venini Furniture

Egg Sculpture by Tapio Wirkkala for Venini
By Tapio Wirkkala, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Tapio Wirkkala's design for a series of egg sculptures venini produced in the mid-1960s. Gold-leaf yolk in a clear glass egg rests on a glass pedestal. Signed Venini Italia.
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Carlo Scarpa Mortar and Pestle for Venini
By Carlo Scarpa, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful example of 1930s Venetian glass. Emerald green glass with thick gold inclusions. Designed by one of the greatest Venini designers. Two line acid stamp on each piece dates ...
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1930s Italian Vintage Venini Furniture

Fulvio Bianconi Fasce Bottle for Venini-- Signed
By Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful and large early example of this classic Venini design. Extra-long flaring neck and bright red stripes on a dark blue base. Venini sticker labels covers most of the acid stamp.
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1950s Italian Vintage Venini Furniture

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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