Custom Murano Chandeliers: How We Work Them

Some of our customers want custom made murano chandeliers that are not part of our catalogue, they send us a link, picture or mock-up to tell us what they exactly want and we accept the challenge.

This blog post is about how we make the dreams of our clients come true.

Below I’m arriving to Murano from Florida, early this January, to personally follow the making of a big project for a hotel chain in which they required an specific chandelier model in various colors for their hotels. In this particular case, the client sent us a picture of the desired chandelier with a quote from a company not registered at Promovetro; we improved the quote and also guaranteed original Murano glass chandeliers, properly certified by The Promovetro Consortium.

Arriving Murano to begin with the chandeliers

After my arrival, I start discussing the project with the glass master, we analyze existent pieces to determine the necessary technique to develop the chandeliers that the client wants and hands on work.

Discussing the project with the glass master

Analyizing the project with the glass master

Analyzing the project with the glass master

We proceed with the realization of a sample piece of the chandelier to compare it with the required model by the client, so as to eliminate all the variants not necessary to the project and deliver a perfect work, exactly like the picture the client sent us.

Murano chandelier realization

Murano chandelier realization

I directly participate on the creation of the sample for the glass master to completely understand how to make the chandelier as the client wants.

Murano glass sample creation

Murano glass sample creation

Murano glass sample creation

After I’ve done the sample, it’s time for the glass master to begin with his magic.

Custom chandeliers and lights are the most challenging requests a client can send us, and we love them. So if you want a custom chandelier or light, don’t hesitate to write us at contact@muranodirect.com with the model you want and we’ll give you the best available quote on the market, guaranteed.

That is all for now, folks. Stay tuned for more, our love for glass perfection never ends.

From Murano with love,

Ciao!
Giuliano Balbo

Obvious Reasons Why a Chandelier is the Best Way to Light a Room

Lightning is one of those projects that is usually postponed, and often ignored, when designing a house. The right kitchen or the right furniture is usually what stays in our heads, leaving lightning as an afterthought. Sad to say, this is a prevailing mistake because there is no better way to set the right mood, feel and atmosphere than with the proper lighting. For example, having too much light in places where you are planning to spend a relaxed time, or having too little light in places where you will plan to read or engage in some activity will make the room feel awkward and unhealthy. Doing a bit of research in regards with the type of lightning pays off big time. Even better, the benefits of a good light setting are for the long term.

There are many reasons why you’ll want to purchase a chandelier. They fit every room including sitting rooms, hallways, bedrooms or kitchens. Chandeliers offer the most versatile source of light and because they come in a variety of design and sizes, they can be accommodated to almost every budget or taste. But sometimes these reasons are forgotten, which is why we are listing the obvious reasons why people acquire chandeliers.

Four Reasons Why a Chandelier Light is the Best Light

REASON #1: THE BEAUTY OF THE PIECE

Of course the main reason to acquire a chandelier is because of its exquisite beauty. It’s shape, tone, curves, carvings, tubes, bulbs and refraction, all create a sight that just can’t be duplicated with other types of hanging or common lamps. Walking into a room and seeing a chandelier is often a moving experience. The kind of regal quality, elegance and style that chandeliers project will have your guests commenting every time they enter your house. Simply put, no other type of light can project what a chandelier can. You can even reduce the amount of furniture and other type of decoration by simply drawing attention to your chandelier.

REASON #2: TIMELINESS OF CHANDELIERS

Without a doubt, the beauty and design of chandeliers is everlasting. Because of styled  lines and curves, it can never go out of fashion. One thing to note here, the design of chandeliers has barely changed from how they were designed hundreds of years ago. This cannot be claimed for modern or contemporary light sources, as they go quickly out of fashion after five or ten years. That’s why it’s better to furnish your home with traditional pieces, it will keep it out of fashion trends.

REASON #3: MANY STYLES AND DESIGNS

Because chandeliers are usually hand-crafted, they come in a variety of sizes and shapes that can almost be traced to the geographical location. This explains why a Murano chandelier can’t be compared with a Tiffany chandelier. This also means that almost all tastes can be accommodated. A modern or contemporary home will be a good fit for a chandelier. An old-fashioned home with antiques will surely be lightened up with a chandelier. If your house is a hybrid mix of modern and traditional, you should pick a colored crystal chandelier. One suggestion is to pick a red or black in order to blend items better.

REASON #4: CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN LOCATION

It use to be that chandeliers had to be located in hallways or sitting rooms. Not anymore, contemporary design and architecture have revolutionized usual assumptions, leaving ample room for experimentation in moods and atmospheres. Chandeliers displayed over a dining table, or in a kitchen make any room look amazing. The elegance and style projected by a hanging chandelier can never be equalized. These are the obvious reasons why you may want a chandelier, but rest assured, acquiring a Murano glass chandelier will be the best decision you’ll ever make in your interior home decoration. With murano glass mirrors, or other chandelier types you will surely add the touch of class needed by your residence.

Where to buy a Murano Glass Chandelier Online

There are many places where you can buy Murano Glass chandeliers online. We have compiled our very own list of selected vendors. Either because they have been in the market for a long time, because they are a true expert or because they offer a wide range of products. Our intention is to give you, the buyer, the power to make an informed decision.

Please note our selection is based on distributors that carry the Murano seal of authenticity, issued by Promovetro. Feel free to give us a hint if you feel we are missing someone.

Without further ado, this is our list of Murano glass chandelier sellers:

MuranoDirect: A vast selection and simple and useful selection tools based in number of lights and price. We noticed it explicitly shows they hold the Promovetro seal of authenticity. This is possible because Giuliano 😉 (the owner) is a close friend with the Murano artisans. We appreciate the fact that someone took the liberty to show his face. We also liked the product comparison feature. Prices are very competitive and the amount of styles is outstanding.

DWR: Although they only carry one type of Murano chandelier. The reputable design house has so much products too choose from, it was hard to not count them in this list. We didn’t find the Promovetro seal, but they state their chandeliers are made in Italy. Only one type of chandelier at $2,940 + shipping.

Murano Imports: This company has been distributing Murano imports for some time. They do offer a wide selection of chandelier styles. From the Traditional and Venetian, to more contemporary ones. We didn’t find the Promovetro seal. Their browsing feature wasn’t very friendly, but they do have nice designs. Also, we did not immediately find the product prices.

Murano Glass Chandeliers: This site offers a vast number of styles, colors and prices. their selection is based on size (S/M/L) and style (traditional, contemporary, rezzonico). In general we liked the experience, although we would like a more human touch.

Venice Arte: They offer a lot but we think it was too difficult to find what we were looking for. Their prices are only in euros. And the site looks a bit outdated. Most chandeliers didn’t include a picture. Browsing was just too complicated.

Murano Glass Shop: In general this site has a vast selection of styles. We think their Virtual Designer tool has potential, but we actually didn’t tried it. They also have a nice magazine-like flipping application, but we don’t appreciate the fact that the visuals weren’t too good.

Murano-LiteShimmer Lighting and Italian Lightning Center: These three sites gave us the same impression, thus we include them in one paragraph. The three sites look a bit outdated and similar. They really offer the same products. We didn’t spend too much time here.

That was it for now. We did found many more dealers but we think the certificate of authenticity is an exceptional thing that should be made explicit from the homepage.

As a final note, we only focused on first hand dealers, there are many resellers in Amazon or Ebay, but we didn’t focused in those.

As you may have guessed, our verdict goes to either “Murano Glass Chandeliers” or “Murano Direct”. Surprise, right? But, we really think it’s an important exercise. You be the final judge.

Classic Chandeliers Fashion

Classic chandeliers offer a stylish and glamorous atmosphere. However, it is important to make the right choice when choosing your chandelier, especially when you want them to show an elegant effect.

MEASURE RULE OF THUMBS

Here you can find a useful guide on selecting the chandelier size and height. But the basics are simple:

“The general rule for hanging dining room chandeliers is that the bottom of the fixture should hang between 30″ and 36″ from the tabletop assuming you have an 8′ ceiling.”

“The diameter of the dining room chandelier should be about one half to two thirds the width of the table it will be hanging over.”

CLASSIC CRYSTAL CHANDELIERS

A subtle and highly desirable effect can be achieved with a classic design chandelier. The spectrum of light and colors offered by Murano glass classic chandeliers is particularly eye-catching.

Hand-made Murano chandeliers feature a variety of wavy and tubular shapes and colors, including: pinks, yellows, blues, greens, red and blacks. If you go to our store you can also browse our fantastic color featuring, for example: antique style crystal, black, black and crystal trimmings, crystal and kt. gold, crystal and black trimmings, crystal and blue and many more.

Murano Glass Classic Chandelier

Murano often comprises floral and romantic motifs, that makes them a highly desirable piece due to the magic effect produced by its shape and lighting.

Classic chandeliers can fit almost any budget, limiting only those with a poor imagination. Sizes and shapes can fit every dinning room and almost any other type of room, including kitchens, baths and bedrooms.

Since acquiring a chandelier usually requires spending more money than any traditional light forms, you may want to stick to a style that won’t go out dated as fashion trends change. Choosing a classic style chandelier is the best option for buying a chandelier. But the freedom of design and styles offered by these hand-made pieces, also makes choosing them a rewarding experience that, while may take some time. It will bring joy and glamour to your house gatherings.

While most people furnish their living or dining rooms from the bottom up, we would suggest in fact the opposite, to furnish your room from top to bottom. That is, starting from your ceiling deco and finishing with your flooring and carpeting. This top-bottom approach means you’ll spend some time with an empty living or dining room, but from what we’ve seen with some of our customers, the reward of dressing up a room, starting with a classic chandelier makes your interior design expert go ballistic about the many places your imagination will take you.

If you have decided you want to acquire a classic chandelier, take a look at our selected list of chandelier dealers and resellers. Maybe you’ll find one that suits your budget, taste and needs.

From Murano With Love meets 007

A friend of mine created this video some weeks ago, but I had not had the chance to share it earlier. Please take a look at it. It offers a unique point of view into the world of 007 and chandeliers.

I liked how the video uses humor, as most Murano sellers don’t really show a human side, much less a sense of humor! Well, not me! I like to laugh as much as I like Murano glass.

Please share with me your joy by leaving some comments or thank you’s on the comment section.

From Murano, with Love!

How To Identify Authentic Murano Glass?

I’ve received many questions by email about how to identify authentic Murano glass. So I decided to expand on my previous explanation and provide a little historical background. If you are not too much into history, you can skip this part and jump directly into the second section.

how to identify authentic murano glass

Believe it or not, authentic Murano glass is still hand-made in factories the island of Murano, about 15 minutes from the beautiful Venice, Italy. Even more, artisans still use a centuries old technique to make Murano glass. It’s one of the reasons why no Murano piece is ever the same. Because they are all hand made and often contain irregularities.

You may wonder why such a famous manufacturers hub wasn’t closer to Venice or the richer cities in Italy. The reason is simple. Artisans were moved to the island of Murano to warranty the safety of Italian cities. You see, Murano furnaces use fire and thus, if proper measures are not taken, especially in the 13th century, fires could spread easily.

Although there are several types of Italian chandeliers, only those from the region of Murano are authentic. Here’s how you can tell whether or not they are authentic.

Top 10 ways how to identify authentic Murano glass:

1. Ask for the certificate of the company selling the chandelier. This certificate is issued by the Italian association for Murano manufacturers and it’s only issued to some people.

2. Murano glass is unmistakeably clear. And it’s shine and clarity can’t be compared to generic glass. It’s weight is also a factor.

3. Murano glass will usually have a Pontill marking on it’s base.

4. The glass piece should carry a label from the manufacturer engraved on it.

5. You will really need to spend some time doing research about the glass masters and their production models.

6. Because authentic Murano glass is hand made, it will contain some lines or imperfections, although these are not really imperfections, but rather, a seal of quality. Hey, it’s almost like green or blue eyes!

7. If your piece has no lines or bubbles, it’s probably a fake, meaning it was mass produced and not hand-made.

8. The price is also a factor. If the piece you are buying has a price tag under the market rates, you should be suspicious about your Murano glass. While we offer low prices, we really could never compete against Chinese copies.

9. If you still have doubts, please write me or send some pictures. I may be able to help you identify your chandelier.

10. As price of the piece plays a role. So does shipping rates. An authentic Murano piece won’t be really shipped using a cheap shipping method, thus it’s price will be usually high.

Thanks for reading, please share if you think this was useful. As always, I’d be happy to answer all your questions. Please write to: hello@frommuranowithlove.com

For further reading you may want to check this resources:

How to identify an original Murano Glass

Identify Fake Murano Glass listed on EBay

Murano Glass Forums

Murano Glass video advertising from the 30s

The following videos where provided by Consorzio Promovetro Murano, and it’s official website, MuranoGlass.com. They are exquisite and we really appreciate the efforts that the consortium is carrying for improving the Murano brand, and the glass masters work. This video is from the 30’s and is quite amazing. The narrative brings back so many good memories from back in the day.

Murano Chandeliers – Magical pieces of luxury and history

For hundreds of years Murano chandeliers have been signs of style and taste, symbolizing both luxury as well as opulence for at least three hundred years. Designers and interior decorators alike realize there is no other symbol of power and opulence as a Murano chandelier.

murano chandeliers

These chandeliers have been decorating palaces and royal houses for centuries. Their unique style and intricate designs is a by product that came when designers and manufacturers started producing the chandeliers for specific customer’s in mind. In much the same way as it has been with major artistic pieces. These objects have thus turned into sought after pieces by rich collectors and artistic organizations. Thus, there have been several efforts by both Murano manufacturers as well as government agents to keep the same manufacturing techniques.

Murano chandelier design schools

There are several schools of design when it comes to Murano chandeliers. Although these schools share some similarities into how they define the Murano products, it should also be acknowledged that most Murano glass chandeliers have a distinctive seal that defines their value. There are several Murano pieces kept in display in Museums, galleries and government offices due to their historical value.

What really creates the Murano value as well as its distinctive looks is the craftsmanship involved on its manufacturing process. Every Murano glass piece is created by hand by highly skilled artisans in the Murano, italy. The magic brought by the artisan’s expertise is reflected on its pieces, shine and colorful glitter, especially when lighted.

Murano glass chandeliers traditionally come in several coloured glasses, following the traditional style after 18th century Murano master Briati. Other simpler forms of Murano glass offer other pattersn, based in their simple colours and styles.

No matter the personal taste of the Murano glass owner, these pieces offer such varied styles and patterns that it’s impossible there won’t be a model that will appeal to anyone who can afford a chandelier.

How to buy Murano chandeliers

For those fortunate ones’ Murano chandeliers make the best personal gift. Some online store of Murano glass chandeliers offer models at affordable prices. The beauty of these chandeliers is not only in how they create a magic atmosphere, but also, from being a classical pattern, they create a style that does not go out of fashion. There are several specialists that offer professional services, tailored to satisfy the needs of Murano glass chandelier owners.

All of these inspiration, history and beauty has created a black market of fake copies as well as cheap products. Thus it is important to truly understand how to buy a Murano glass chandelier. This guide offers a simple way to learn how to identify these magical products. My advice is, if you are going to buy a Murano glass, not only do you need to make sure the vendor is reliable, but also make sure the manufacturer is reliable. I have known most Murano glass manufacturers from my childhood. If you are still not convinced on what type of chandelier you should get, feel free to get back in touch. I’d be more than happy to help you.

From Murano, with love.