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Venini Tables

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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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Creator: Venini
Big Italian Mid-Century Modern Crystal Floor Lamp / Side Table
By Venini
Located in Weesp, NL
Artù, the stunning Mid-Century Modern crystal floor lamp/side table designed by the legendary Ettore Fantasia for Sothis Italy. This exquisite piece combines both form and function, ...
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Murano Glass and Chrome Dining Table by Rodolfo Dordoni for Venini
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Venini Spazio is a project that marks this Venetian company’s entrée into interiors. The art direction has been handed to Rodolfo Dordoni, designer of the first collection. ‘I have ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Tables

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Chrome

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Venini tables for sale on 1stDibs.

Venini tables are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Venini tables, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original tables by Venini were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider tables by Lorenzo Burchiellaro, Carlo Scarpa, and Afra & Tobia Scarpa. Prices for Venini tables can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $5,492 and can go as high as $19,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $12,496.

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