The Fragility and Resilience of Murano Glass

A Commentary on the 2018 Venice Glass Week

We have been busy. Very busy actually. If you did not know, Venice Glass WeekFestival Internazionale del Vetro was held a couple of weeks ago.

Perhaps the most important event in the world of Murano glass. Venice Glass Week brings together glass artists, glass houses, buyers, resellers, media and official entities and various commercial and cultural representations. All of them united by the love of the art of blown Murano glass.

Murano glass workshop

The event ran from 9 to 16 September and its activities included exhibitions, guided tours, workshops & demonstrations, lectures and award ceremony, as well as performances, special openings, and of course, many openings, parties and leisure or sports activities.

The event is perhaps the second best pretext to enter this world of fragile and transparent beauty. Thus we could not find a better excuse than to comment again on our partnership with the house Ongaro e Fuga.

In case you could not read it before, or if you want to read it now, here is the link, although you may have to have a subscription to the Financial Times to read it. In any case, here’s our summary of said article.

The Venice Glass Week 2018 - FT Weekend special newspaper cut
The Venice Glass Week 2018 – FT Weekend

Traditional Mirror Market Current Situation

Despite being a millenarian and exclusive technique of incomparable beauty, the Murano world is currently facing a crisis.

It is a crisis caused by the modern world in fact. Given the globalization and other commercial impacts of the present times.

There is greater access to suppliers, vendors and markets, as well as greater competition. In addition to this, there is a lack of appreciation for the Murano technique compared to that which existed a few years ago.

However, all is not lost. There are new houses, new ideas, and new talents that are attracted to the Murano world and the charm of Venice.

Such is the case of the artists, architects or designers Elena Mazzi, Mario Bellini, Carlo Scarpa and Maria Grazia Rosin, which will be discussed today.

All of them, past and contemporaries, in one way or another have brought a vitality to the Murano world, not seen very often, but extremely necessary to revitalize the art.

Since we have previously covered several profiles of creators related to the Murano glass. We will use this chance to showcase the work of these creators.

1. Elena Mazzi

Venetian based visual artist whose Murano inspiration is evident from her short film “Reflecting Venice“, a project that investigates the possibility of responding to recent year’s increase in environmental issues affecting Venice and the world alike.

Perhaps she was one of the first to document this decline in the Murano world in an artistic way.

She has also collaborated with the house Ongaro e Fuga dating from 2014, with the creation of Murano’s artistic glass.

Elena Mazzi Murano glass mirror

Elena Mazzi-Ongaro-Fuga-Mirror-2
Elena Mazzi Murano glass mirror

Elena Mazzi “Reflecting Venice”

Elena Mazzi "Reflecting Venice" detail
Elena Mazzi “Reflecting Venice”

Elena Mazzi "Reflecting Venice" detail 2 Elena Mazzi "Reflecting Venice" detail 3 Elena Mazzi "Reflecting Venice" detail 4

2. Mario Bellini

Milan-born architect and designer, best known for his collaboration with Rudy Ricciotti, building the Islamic arts department of the Louvre, as well as his Milano Convention Center.

Islamic arts department of the Louvre
Mario Bellini architecture
Mario Bellini Milano Convention Center Sideview
Milano Convention Center

The work of the renowned architect has not only remained in the design of buildings, his career also includes development of products for the automotive industry, electronics and communications.

The exhibition of Mario Bellini in Murano – “The architecture of glass, the glass of architecture“, gives us a 360 degree view of the work of the master in this field.

Mario Bellini Murano glass vases

Mario Bellini vase
Mario Bellini Murano glass blue vase

Mario Bellini vase 2

Mario Bellini murano glass vase grey

Murano glass blended yellow cups by Mario Bellini

3. Carlo Scarpa

Another retrospective that took place during Venice glass week, and that deserves its own space, is what was done with the Italian architect Carlo Scarpa.

Born in Venice in 1906, the career of the architect was influenced by both Venetian and Japanese culture.

Carlo Scarpa architecture

Brion Cemetery by Carlo Scarpa
Brion Cemetery
Brion Cemetery staircase
Brion Cemetery staircase

Carlo Scarpa architecture detail Carlo Scarpa cemetery staircase

His most recognized work is in the art of glass and furniture, where the artist demonstrates his interest in history, regionalism, and inventiveness in traditional techniques.

Even before Scarpa began his career as an architect, he preferred to study with the master glass workers of Murano (one of the islands in the Venetian lagoon) rather than follow the traditional path of academia.

Carlo Scarpa Murano glass vases

Carlo Scarpa Murano glass vases
Carlo Scarpa Murano glass vases
Carlo Scarpa Murano glass red vase
Vase in coral red pasta vitrea with amethyst decoro fenicio and finishings in coral-red pasta vitrea. Photography: Enrico Fiorese
Carlo Scarpa green Murano glass vase
Corroso a bugne

Carlo Scarpa Murano glass chandelier

Carlo Scarpa murano glass chandelier
Carlo Scarpa Murano glass chandelier

Carlo Scarpa Murao glass chandelier detail

4. Maria Grazia Rosin

Finally, we will return to the present with a contemporary exhibition by the hand of Maria Grazia Rosin, resident artist in Venice whose work mixes pop and fantastic influences, elaborated with the traditional technique of blown Murano glass.

Among her most relevant Murano glass modern chandeliers we can mention its Octopus candelabra, Loredan chandelier, and Cosmospora.

Octopus chandelier by Maria Grazia
Octopus chandelier
Cosmospora chandelier by Maria Grazia
Cosmospora chandelier
De Majo chandelier by Maria Grazia
De Majo chandelier
Loredan chandelier by Maria Grazia
Loredan chandelier

In addition to her chandeliers, Maria Grazia has developed a series of works in jewelry, object art and decoration inspired by the Murano technique.

I leave some pictures of your work.

Maria Grazia Murano glass art objects

Detergens murano glass piece by Maria Grazia
Maria Grazia jewelry
Maria Grazia jewelry
'Ossessione tentacolare' murano glass chandeliers and candleholders
Ossessione tentacolare
'Ossessione tentacolare' murano glass chandeliers and candleholders
Ossessione tentacolare candleholders

The Fragility and Resilience of Murano Glass

Resilience (noun)

  1. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. “the often remarkable resilience of so many British institutions

  2. the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity. “nylon is excellent in wearability, abrasion resistance and resilience.

We have presented two scenarios to you. While on the one hand the world of Murano seems to be in decline, in the face of new competitors and less harsh and hybrid techniques.

On the other hand, the last decades have seen a kind of renaissance in this millenary art. Artists and creators of all fields are still inspired by the appeal of Murano and its exquisite technique.

It is your decision if you want to continue supporting the resilience of Murano glass.

Do you want to tell the next love story with Murano? Call or email me with that specific Murano glass request and I’d love to give you the best price and service.

New Partnership for Original Murano Glass Mirrors: Ongaro & Fuga

Muranodirect is proud to announce its partnership with the historic furnace of Murano glass, Ongaro & Fuga.

Ongaro & Fuga are two masters of Murano artistic glass, specialists in the creation of classic and modern Murano artistic glass mirrors.

Ongaro & Fuga glassmasters are also recognized by the Promovetro Consortium that promotes and supports the authentic glass masters of Murano.

Venetian style Mirrors from ONGARO & FUGA

Design mirrors

Luxury mirrors from Murano

Micro-mosaic mirrors

Story of Ongaro & Fuga

The Ongaro and Fuga company was founded in 1954 by Franco Fuga and is presently run by his sons Giuliano and Francesco.

We can testity Ongaro & Fuga is indeed one of the few Murano glass companies that has kept the tradition of the refined Muranese art alive, in particular the Venetian glass mirror.

This is achieved by employing the same techniques and materials used in bygone days.

Thanks to the immense experience accumulated over the years by the founder Franco Fuga, whom still works as a Murano glass consultant; the company is able to transmit emotions that industrial products cannot.

Ongaro & Fuga manages to create the correct balance of both modern and old techniques combined.

The company specializes in hand-made manufacturing of Venetian-styled glass mirrors.

Their experience is wide and encompasses a wide variety of lightning and decoration projects, such as rooms, dining rooms, ceilings kitchens, etc.

The also provide manufacturing of pieces designed by acclaimed architects and designers worldwide.

Because they have all the necessary production methods and materials within the company’s reach, such as engravings, plating and aging; they are also dedicated to the difficult art of restoration and reproduction of antique mirrors.

In the 1960’s, the company restored mirrors of the Fenice theatre, and worked in close contact with many Venetian and foreign antique dealers.

Due to their honed skills, Ongaro and Fuga are presently able to satisfy any type of request in the field of artistic mirrors.

Original Murano Glass, new storefront

In MuranoDirect you will find the original Ongaro & Fuga mirrors, directly from our new store front

Our new store is seamless, fast loading and easy to navigate. You’ll find it easier to shop when you’re looking for Murano glass.

Feel free to use any of our store fronts, either or, we will make our best to provide you with the best Murano-made mirrors, chandeliers and lamps.

One thing is certain, you will be getting the quality of the original Murano glass at factory price!

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A Look Into the Kardashian-esque Chandelier Selection

If you follow some tabloids surely you will have read a headline about Kim Kardashian, or her sibling, Kyle Jenner. Both super figures of the entertainment world that break the internet with almost every word or action.

From a new dress, a new artistic collaboration, to a new piece of furniture that will make you sigh for its beauty and exclusivity. They are good Trump contenders in the media-shattering business.

For this reason, this time we focused on researching a bit about the interior design preferences of both stars.

We find that both have a preference for extravagance in design. However, their interest in opulence is not associated with bad taste, as we are used to by so many Hollywood stereotypes of the new rich. Woody Allen’s “Small Time Crooks” story on a couple of former crooks turned newly rich comes to mind.

In the case of Jenner and Kardashian, both have turned to award-winning interior designers to take the reins in the creation of their living spaces. Such is the case of Martyn Lawrence Bullard as well as Jeff Andrews. The former “a multi-award winning Los Angeles-based interior designer renowned for his broad range of styles and eclectic, yet sophisticated and inviting interiors“. The latter an award winning designer with regular collaborations with celebrities who creates “an innovative and refreshing approach that makes him one of the most sought-after interior designers in the industry“.

We loved their work and thus we’ll share our findings.

Full disclosure, we do not have any access to the houses of the famous, let alone any contact that gives us this information. We are only passionate about the Murano glass world and we want to share it with you.

Jeff Andrews / Kardashian’s work

One of his first choices for covering this Murano chandeliers/Hollywood icons special was to select Jeff Andrews, “Internationally celebrated interior designer who creates sophisticated and livable interiors for families and celebrities alike“.

In the vespers of season 6 of their show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians“, Kardashian asked Jeff Andrews if he would design her Mediterranean style mansion in Calabasas, California. Home of the Cheesecake Factory headquarters and other former technology companies in the greater LA area.

The obvious lighting choice for their kitchen was Murano glass. Probably the most beautiful crystal in the world, with an omnipresence in the homes of the rich and famous. And widely chosen by designers, architects and home-owners alike, Murano crustal is worldwide identifiable by its trademark seal and its Italian charm.

For the kitchen, a sparkly white-on-white space, the designer opted for a herringbone-patterned antiqued-mirror backsplash and double islands lighted by matching Murano glass chandeliers.

While we could not find any photo that showed us this chandelier, we noticed that the Jenners Kardashian’s predilection for candelabra in the dining room is a classic contemporary choice, as in our Alchemy or Latte models.

Lara chandelier for dinning room

Latte chandelier for dining room

Both white or of neutral colors, with cups or vases on a single tier that gives a harmonious effect.

Previously we talked about how well this type of chandeliers beautifully lighten modern dining rooms and kitchens, or even as how they are the favorite choice for interior designer Jan Showers.

Martyn Lawrence / Kardashian’s work

Perhaps the most regular and recent Kardashian-collab is the one with the award-winning designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

Martyn Lawrence is one of those designers/artists who play with the overcharging of elements. He incorporates styles and objects in ways that, if not for the trained eye, could fall into a ridiculous or exaggerated style.

Fortunately, the designer has no qualms in experimenting with this maximalist design philosophy, in stark contrast with the minimalism of past few decades.

The maximalist philosophy, by the way, has also been recently incorporated by Swedish design juggernaut Ikea.

This new maximalist design philosophy allows the designer to incorporate pieces that were otherwise relegated for the sake of simplicity.

Murano chandeliers are a perfect example of design pieces that, despite the minimalist trend, have kept its charm slightly intact.

The most recent Lawrence / Karadashian collaboration took place in the homes of Khloé and Kourtney in California.

We love the work he did for these homes and for that reason we will let the photos speak for themselves.

We believe that there is still much to explore in the avant-garde and eclectic design so distinctive of its brand. For the same reason, we wish you to continue with that path and extend our sincere thanks and congratulations to the designer.

The next glam-chandelier could be yours

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7 Artists and Designers Inspired by Murano Glass

We have written before of some artists who, under the brand name of Murano glass, have developed new products that go beyond the confines of the technique.

This time we will talk about how the designers are breaking schemes to implement the Murano technique with new environments, designs or elements.

Artists Making an Impact for their love of Murano glass

One of the most important changes that have impacted the world of Murano crystal is how it has been imbued with new concepts. Thus, we see that on the one hand the most contemporary designers have decided to retake the classical school of Murano and incorporate it into their creations, generally found in less traditional environments.

Another type of designers have resorted to the same Murano techniques to produce objects that harmoniously combine this millenary technique with new materials and techniques.

Manish Arora

The first of them is the renowned fashion designer, Manish Arora, one of the most celebrated and inspiring contemporary designers in the fashion world today.

Manish Arora is known for his astute craftsmanship and unique play on colors, such as his trademark palette of pink and gold.

He recently participated in a collaboration with other designers, in the crystal studio, Soneva Fushi, to produce some artistic elements inspired by the Murano blown glass technique.

As you can see, the artist’s passion for the feminine and colorful elements, so characteristic of his work is evident on his Murano-inspired creations.

Vincenzo De Cotiis

Italian designer, Vincenzo De Cotiis, decided to use the Murano technique to design his collection of coffee table tops, lamps and mirrors.

marble, silvered cast brass and Murano glass with industrial components like fiberglass.

Incorporating marble, silvered cast brass plates, fiberglass and Murano glass, he makes a work that projects a diffuse harmony.

The mixture with fiberglass gives non-pure properties to the glass, which, however, do not cease to amaze for its execution and aesthetic beauty, as well as by the fusion of techniques and materials.

Discs of metal and Murano glass

Fred Wilson

The following example of how the Murano world impacts the world of art comes from the hand of renowned artist Fred Wilson, with his exhibition Afro Kismet at the Pace Gallery in New York.

The artist is presenting a series of sculptures based on the technique of Murano glass, which show a deployment of evolving shifts in scale, color, and complexity, which has allowed the artist to return to themes such as blackness, death and beauty.

Afro Kismet - Fred Wilson installation 1/4

Emily Current and Meritt Elliott

But the Murano world has not only impacted artists, this week we discovered an LA duo formed by Emily Current and Meritt Elliott and their fashion brand.

The Great, a so-called casual-cool brand, recently opened a store in West Hollywood (WeHo), incorporating a Murano chandelier as part of its decoration.

The Great tries to incorporate a Boy-meets-girl décor with vintage accents that mirror the brand’s aesthetic.

WeHo The Great Murano Chandelier

In particular, I love how the Murano world is a constant source of inspiration for designers in search of elevating the vintage concept.

Love for Murano Glass is Love for Life

Finally, I leave you a sample of how the love for Murano chandeliers can be combined into something much larger and inclusive.

Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu met for their love of Murano glass, and now they maintain the Magazzino gallery of contemporary Italian art.

As you can see, the world of Murano is for many the beginning of their love story for life.

Do you want to tell the next love story with Murano? Call or email me with that specific Murano glass request and I’d love to give you the best price and service.

Four Seasons Cyprus Bespoke Chandelier for Buffet

Hydiscus dinner buffet 4 seasons Hydiscus buffet chandelier Hydiscus uneven discs Hydiscus lightning zoom-in Hydiscus bespoke lightning profile Hydiscus bespoke lightning closeup

Hydiscus bespoke lightning
Hydiscus bespoke lightning

Every time the 4 Seasons Hotel is mentioned, one can only think of the luxury and grandiose evoked by this internationally recognized elite hotels brand.

The Canadian company is synonym with best-in-class hotels and resorts, with top of the line quality and exclusivity.

Many of its properties are considered landmark buildings, and often have a positive impact on the environment or neighborhood they’re in.

Few  companies in the world can claim this level of artistic, social and cultural influence.

As such, it’s only understandable that sourcing for every new building or property is meticulously taken care of.

Each 4 seasons supplier has to past a rigorous vetting phase in order to become approved.

Hydiscus, A Unique Bespoke Chandelier

For their most recent project, the 4 Seasons Hotel management, went looking for a partner that not only was able to deliver as expected, but that would also be able to provide an artistic and unique bespoke lightning chandelier for their dinner / buffet area in their new Cyprus Hotel complex.

Four Seasons chose Murano glass due to its timeless beauty and master crafting technique, perfectly matching their brand name.

As with most Murano glass artifacts, the new chandelier aims at becoming not merely a modern lightning fixture, but also becoming an artistic and iconic piece.

The chosen supplier was Multiforme, a Trebaseleghe-based, italian glass manufacturer of chandeliers and lamps.

We couldn’t be prouder for this mention, because the glassmaster in charge of creating the new Hydiscus chandelier for Four Seasons Cyprus, is one of our closest glassmasters and friends.

The piece’s value relies on its unique emotional and scenic impact, achieved by its multilayered plates aimed at simulating plants and uneven discs.

As requested by 4 Seasons Cyprus team, they not only wanted a modern chandelier, but wanted to create a warm, tropically colored atmosphere that would transmit lively and cheerful vibrations whether it was lit on or off.

The glass master fully achieved this with this unique chandelier Hydiscus.

Hydiscus is composed of a top mirror, with more than 400 mouth-blown artistic glass discs hanging below a stainless steel structure. Uneven discs in yellow, red and crystal discs are included along with drop-shaped pendants.

Introducing Our New Murano Glass Partner Program

Since its inception, Murano glass masters have been very cautious abut their craft, realizing what they have mastered needed some kind of secrecy in order to ensure top quality and heritage, and to a lesser degree, to ensure a price monopoly.

For this reason, throughout its history, Murano glass has seen a lot of forgery, as well as having served as an inspiration for many crystal or glass families.

Tiffany glass, Millefiori, Swarovski, Baccarat, Riedel, Steuben, Waterford, Edinburgh, Ajka, etc., are but a few examples of internationally recognized lead glass making companies. While each one has their unique characteristics and differences, they usually have the same commonality of providing top quality and manufacturing techniques, and hardly matched beauty.


As you might have imagined, forgery has accompanied the Murano world throughout its history. Even nowadays you’ll most likely find Murano replicas or Murano fake products throughout the world. All Murano ripoffs usually fall on these categories:

  1. Fake Murano products claiming to be authentic.
  2. Murano replicas labeled as such.

While we won’t talk much about the merits of either, we’ll say that fake stuff is warrantees to be low quality. Always.


If you have seen our homepage video, by know you might have acknowledged that we are not amateurs, and that we’ve been dealing with Murano glass for decades. As such, we have established long lasting friendships and commercial relations with some of the best glass masters in all of Murano, Venice.

Our agreement lets us give you prices that no one can match, along with the top quality in Murano chandeliers.

When you buy a Murano product with us, you’ll realize that you won’t pay all of the overhead costs that you would by doing business with any of the traditional Murano glass retailers located throughout the US.

With us, you simply are literally a call away to some of the best glass masters in Venice.

And if this is not enough to get you enticed about handling us all of your Murano glass needs. We have also some logistic arrangement sin order to give you highly competitive rates in shippings, along with the usual insurance and protection from international parcel companies.

Simply put, when you do business with Murano Direct, you are doing business with a company that has over 20 years reputation in the Murano glass business.


Recently we decided to create a partner program aimed at interior designers, architects, real state developers, design houses and similar parties dedicated to interior design and decoration.

If you’re interested in applying to our partner program or simply need additional information, please fill in the form below so that we can arrange a call and send you further documentation.

As always, we strive to give you world class service in Murano glass products. Remember, with Murano, you are one step away from heaven.

5 New Hotel Lobby Lighting Fixtures feat. Murano glass

This time I bring you five hotel lobby lighting fixtures that will give you the goosebumps. It’s beauty, charm and above all, price sets these apart. From classic, to contemporary, and unique, these hotel lobby objects d’art embellish every place. See what the past few weeks brought in the wonder world of Muranolust.

We’ve talked about Murano glass chandeliers on board the SS Beatrice in the past. But we haven’t talked about the boat lavish interiors. For a closer look visit this page and see the wonders that designers match with the magic of Murano.

1. The Siren Hotel (Detroit)

Candy Bar chandelier, Detroit
Candy Bar chandelier, Detroit

A stunning vintage Murano chandelier made of dozens of spiral glass pieces make this a wonderful addition to this Detroit, Candy Bar at The Siren Hotel.

Hidden inside the Wurlitzer Building, this cocktail lounge may go unnoticed unless you know what you’re looking for. Luckily for us, we have a radar for all Murano art glass and we didn’t miss the chance to write about it.

Although I give it to you, the photo just does not do any favor. I don’t have a better pic, so i’m hoping it’s an authentic Murano glass chandelier and not a cheap copy, given its size.

2. Hotel Lutetia (Paris)

Hotel Lutetia Lobby, Paris
Hotel Lutetia Lobby, Paris

We weren’t lucky enough to get a glimpse of the recent reopening of Hotel Lutetia in Paris, the classic Parisian hotel is again opening shop “108 years after its debut” on the bitterly cold evening of Dec. 28, 1910.

Alas, the hotel looks charming and lavish enough as to host a Marie Claire event every once in a while. The postcard hotel houses modern contemporary style, that matches the newer trends in Murano glass chandeliers.

3. Blantyre Hotel (Berkshire, MA)

If you’re into big, bushy, green, yellow and red gardens, you’ll be awed by this luxury retreat in western Massachusetts’ lovely Berkshire hills. Not only will you be inspired by its long beautiful and timeless gardens, but you’ll also be reminded that good taste and class can perfectly be paired with comfort and coziness.

Blantyre Bar with Murano chandelier
Blantyre Bar with Murano chandelier

The views are magnifiqué, in and out. Inside, they obviously picked Murano glass chandelier for their lighting fixtures. It’s dizzyingly gorgeous beauty exudes joy and elegance.

If you’re in the Lenox, Massachusetts area, don’t miss this jewel. But if Lenox is really not your thing, no need to worry as you can still enjoy the timeless beauty of Murano glass chandelier brought directly to you from Murano, Italy.

4. Hotel Café Royal (London)

We’re fascinated by the new lobby area and restaurant in Hotel Café Royal in London’s Piccadilly. Designer by renowned Italian architect Piero Lissoni, the lobby features double revolving doors and spectacular views of a bespoke Murano chandelier. Long-vertical white crystal strings form this two stories high chandelier.

London’s Hotel Café Royal unveils new lobby and restaurant


5. Hotel Splendide (Italy-Switzerland)

For the ultimate royal experience you might want to check this circa-1887 wonderful neoclassic villa turned 93-room lavish lakefront haven.

Hotel Splendide Royal Lugano, located between the borders of Italy and Switzerland, perfectly meshes old world architecture with wealthy, modern flair. Gorgeous vistas and splendid decoration make this a place to admire the majestic green cliffs. What we like is their, as the Hotel’s name implies, splendid Murano chandelier. Many to be admired, I particularly liked the lobby, topping the piano and creating classic, yet cozy atmosphere in the main hall room.

Murano chandelier
Murano chandelier

If you’re serious about your chandelier sight seeing, or want to get your hands on a Murano glass chandelier of your own, just call or email me. I’ll seriously do my best to give you the best price and customer service. Heck, you might even find that I’m a pretty charming guy (although be warned, I’m already married).




Designer Profiles: Fabio Fornasier, Lu Murano Chandeliers

Breaking the rules of tradition with style.

Fabio Fornasier is an internationally acclaimed Murano glass master who has transformed the traditional Venetian chandelier into one with futuristic elements of elegance and extravaganza, intended for classic and modern settings.

Lu Murano light fixtures, crafted by Fabio Fornasieri, are renowned worldwide. Their amazing styles being the outcome of endless experiments and also ideal balance in between glass and light, a synchrony birthed from custom yet always motivated by innovation.

The expression of excellence as well as technology showcased by these light fixtures brought them at the initial enhancement of Maison & Objet Americas which is where I came across several of their iconic styles.

The chandeliers are hand-made by Master Fabio Fornasier, each of them being a special piece of art. The brand name’s collection remains in continual development, being both advanced and conventional, maintaining undamaged the historical and also cultural origins while also looking in the direction of the future and all the splendid explorations and opportunities it brings with it.

Ruthless enthusiastic research study as well as trial and error led the musician responsible for these one-of-a-kind creations to reach brand-new levels of style as well as improvement. His distinct chandeliers are entirely hand made as well as shaped by blowing. They’re fed with oil, completely clear and available in various dimensions and in more than 20 different colors.

VENEZIA 31/05/13 – Fabio Fornasier IlLUsion evento al Liassidi Palace.
©Andrea Pattaro/Vision

Using traditional techniques Fabio produces modern styles, being able to produce such items as the cLUb light fixture which is a suspension lighting fixture, developed for the lighting of bar areas, clubs, resorts, dining establishments and also private homes. The version is based on 60 elements and also has an adjustable layout.

An additional fascinating piece is LUngo, a vertically developable chandelier with a fundamental, three level model showcasing a total amount of 36 components in blown and etched glass, 12 on each degree.

Yet there’s a much more fascinating job which became referred to as the TechnoLUgy chandelier. This is a carbon fiber prototype standing for a separation from Murano light fixture making but, however, infused with the unique attributes that specify each of these amazing tasks.

The design was made from moulds drawn from an initial LU blown glass chandelier. The developer’s constant research for ingenious suggestions led him to experiment with different materials of glass. The experiments also culminated with this best synergy between modern technology as well as contemporary art.

Translated in a much more present-day fashion, the TehnoLUgy chandelier is closer to both design and art as stated by him “the beginning of a brand-new voyage in the matching of varied materials“. Fabio reanimates tradition and history, yet is able to present them in a new lenses that blends modern style with carbon fiber manufacturing, an avant-garde product with a solid feeling and extremely light.

The chandelier thus surpasses the confines of glass to become something new, something unexpected as well as totally out-of-the-box. Much easier to install and weighing just 4 kg (8.8 lbs) which is substantially less than the 40 kg (88 lbs) traditional Murano glass chandelier. Something that mostly tailor-made fixtures or high-end private yachts could incorporate, a modern trend I’ve already mentioned.

These type of chandelier is probably addressed to a younger audience, Millenials perhaps? Them being less sensitive to the frailty of glass and more interested in cutting-edge materials as well as styles. Very similar to what is happening with Millenials switching to synthetic diamonds over traditional ones. I wont get into an argument into whether one is better than the other, specially because fortunately for us Murano has does not have a negative history unlike the so called blood-diamonds.

In any case, if you love Murano glass you might appreciate Master Fabio Fornasier’s work. If you would like to get a similar piece like his work, or buy a classic Murano chandelier just write or email me. I’d be happy to answer all of your queries as promptly as possible.


PS. If you’d like to find our more about Fabio Fornasier I suggest you read this interview on discover.places.

What is Murano Glass and What’s so Special About it?

Crystal palace chandelier
Crystal palace chandelier

Many people have heard the name of Murano, often associated with something Italian, stylish and old. But do you really know what is Murano glass? And do you know what’s so special about it?

Read on as we present you some facts and history surrounding this magical timeless piece of art and craft.

Into the Light

Chandeliers, that is, multi-limbed lights that hang from the ceiling, can provide an exquisite lightning for every environment.

Chandeliers received the shape in which we know them at the end of the seventeenth century. Therefore, two hundred years before the invention of Thomas Edison’s first marketable incandescent lamp in 1879.

They were once considered as one of the most important civilizing steps of mankind, the triumph of man over darkness.

A Memory of Light

Initially used as a candle holder, a source of light that evolved from animal tallow and beeswax to paraffin, the chandeliers were custom made, majestic pieces of metal or quartz, which illuminated the nobles’ immense dining tables.

Beginning in 1676, they became more accessible when English master George Ravenscroft, after adding lead oxide to glass, created a crystalline, quartz-like, highly refracting, more easily manipulated material.

The new material was soon widely adopted for the production of chandeliers in Murano. Many of which can be obtained directly from, both as a homage and worthy heir to the first chandeliers initially manufactured there.

What is Murano glass?? Murano glass is technique, history and location
What is Murano glass?? Murano glass is technique, history and location

The Glassblower of Murano

Starting in the 1940s, Barovier & Toso were the first to bring back the opulence of classic Murano chandeliers with more modern designs, also influenced by Art Noveau and other art, design and decorative art trends of the time.

But Barovier’s history does not actually started in the 1940s, instead, it has been manufacturing specialty glass for over 700 years, since 1295, year when the house was founded.

Contrary to what many think, Murano is not a glass brand, but the name of an archipelago of seven islands, joined by bridges, 1 km away from Venice, on the Adriatic Sea.

my friend the Murano glassmaster
my friend the Murano glassmaster

It’s widely known that in 1291 the city’s mayor forced local glassmakers, already famous throughout Europe, to move to the islands to avoid fires in what was then an urban center built mostly of wooden buildings, and thus protect the secrets of glass art.

This situation achieved both advancements in their chandelier and glass making manufacturing, as well as more secrecy which in turned was monopolized in order to increase profits.

Important and old names of master glassmakers subsist in place, such as Seguso, Venini, Barovier & Toso, Cenedese, Mazzegga etc.

Soon, the best and more renowned glassmakers began obtaining noble titles and building small fortunes which had the dance elbow to elbow with both local and foreign royalty.

As it usually happens in poorly regulated industries, these glassmaking houses began over profiting and over charging for their art.

While this ensured top quality in their craft, it also ensured many new comers would not be able to learn or equally profit from their avant-garde skill.

So, several glass maker apprentices soon fled to the UK and other remote places and started building their own glass making houses. While at the same time taking some of the Murano secrecy with them.

What is Murano Glass?

Murano glass is one part technique, one part location and one part history.

While most people think of Murano as a brand, it actually has more similarities with champagne.

Champagne derives it’s name from Champagne, France. The internationally known province in northeast France, immortalized by its sparkling white drink.

For centuries, the Murano name has remained as the top name in luxury glass making.

There have been several efforts from local and regional governments to create a Murano seal that’s given to all glass made in the Island.

Nonetheless, this has turned not very fortunate and has provoked the same alienating mistakes as in the past.

Giving the Murano seal to some glassmakers, while at the same time not being totally able to fully certify the inherited Murano craft.

Anyway, this is it for now. Please read our previous post on Modern trends in Murano chandelier selection.