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.

Modern Trends in Murano Glass Chandelier Selection

Hardly a day goes by without us finding out about how people all over the world discover their love for Murano glass. While most of us like traditional Murano chandeliers, it’s notable what some interior designers are doing when incorporating modern trends in Murano glass chandelier selection.

4 Trends in Murano Glass Chandelier Selection for Modern Atmospheres

Their beauty, majestic, and everlasting charm attracts everyone, from classically trained interior designers, to wholesale interior decorators. From real state moguls to tv personalities. And from rappers and boat owners to restaurant owners and more. Everyone has found their love for Murano once they see one.

Providing both a glamorous look with a bit of eccentricity. Murano glass chandeliers worldwide make a statement that’s hardly matched by any other lightning picture.

1. Joan and Erika favor Murano

The most recent example comes reality TV star, from Erika Jayne, from the real housewives of Beverly Hills as she shares her worth, along with her fondness for Murano art in her interview with the LA Times.

Erika Jayne’s, from TV show Real Housewifes of Beverly Hills
Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Erika Jayne’s

It’s to note that she also likes Wayfair, Anthropologie and Lamps Plus chandeliers. But what really attracted us was that she chose world class interior designer Joan Behnke & Associates to help her decorate her 17,000 square foot Beverly Hills home.

Although we recently talked about Jan Showers chandeliers, we are quite fond of Joan Behnke non-traditional style when choosing lightning, as seen from her collections on her website. We hope we get to see what she picked for Erika.

We wouldn’t be surprised she chose a modern-looking and extravagant $25,000 hand-blown Murano glass chandelier from Murano. Who needs vacation when paradise is right here at home?

Anyways, the second example we got to know recently, comes from an all-day wine bar in Houston, Texas. Located in the heights -area, Postino Wine Cafe recently acquired a vintage Murano glass chandelier as part of their retro decoration.

2. Crystal Chandelier in Postino Cafe

Located in a historic building that once was an old post office as well as a warehouse of Pappas Restaurants. The fancy cafe is open from dawn till dusk, for all Houstonians to meet, celebrate and enjoy their well crafted beverages as well as their relaxed and urban atmosphere. We celebrate their taste in choosing a non-traditional, yet, retro chandelier from Murano.

3. Aye Aye, Murano Chandelier in a Ship

Keeping up with the non-traditional chandelier style, we got to know S.S. Beatrice added a Murano chandelier as part of their decoration. Topping its grand staircase, Uniworld’s Super Ships signature design element.

This one is definitely one of those trends in Murano glass chandelier selection that we are seeing more often, as even yacht owners are incorporating them as well.

SS Beatrice grand staircase chandelier
SS Beatrice grand staircase chandelier

For the lucky few who get to make their Budapest to Giurgiu trip, we can only add you will not only be awarded by their gorgeous white Murano chandelier with blue shades, but you’ll get awarded by some pieces from Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Pino Signoretto.

4. Luxury Chandeliers for Realty

Last but not least, we wanted to point out how some modern realty developers are incorporating Murano chandeliers in ways hardly seen before.

The Needham Homefront tudor, located in 810 South St, Needham, in the county of Norfolk, in Massachusetts, has included a variety of chandeliers in their decoration.

Beginning with their dinning room, featuring a white crystal chandelier, with 8-lights and five tiers. Gorgeously adding accent and charm to the property and in beautiful contrast with the carefully selected furniture and carpeting.

A second chandelier has been chosen for their casual dining room, along a circular eat-in area. The two tier chandelier perfectly balances the circular room and spectacular views.

If this wasn’t enough, the realty has added a third chandelier, and this is the one we’re more fond of. As part of our selection of non-traditional crystal chandelier selections, the Needham folks have selected a stunning Murano chandelier inside their bath tub, an elevated stand-alone centrally located steam shower.

What we like here is not so much the chandelier itself, but how they decided to incorporate it inside the tub. Even though it’s been already elevated. It’s probably a custom chandelier as it’s intended for under water usage. But that’s hardly a problem for expert glass masters in custom Murano chandeliers.

Having a chandelier on top of your elevated bathtub can only put the royalty in their place.

That is all for now. But we’ll keep covering current and modern trends in Murano glass chandelier selection.

We keep a close eye on what designers and buyers are incorporating. And we will of course comment and bring you the best and most creative ideas in the Murano world.

Hope to see you next time.


Interior Designer Profiles: Jan Showers Chandeliers

Jan Showers office with Murano chandelier
Jan Showers office with Murano chandelier

Jan Showers recently showcased her home in Dallas. In case you don’t know who she is, she’s also known as the best interior designer in the world. While we won’t argue she’s a fantastic designer, we hardly believe she’s the best in the world.

But still, her style is fantastic and she has a fondness for lightning that not many interior designers share.

Her bedroom interior showcases a couple of vintage blush Murano lamps sitting side by side of her bed, on top of two Jan’s commodes 405 from her own Jan Showers collection.

They make a great effort in providing a nice contrasting look that matches the contemporary mirrored finishing.

One thing that we like about her bedroom is how the whole pink gives both a balance and an atmosphere into her room. With soft pastel tones that match everything, from the rig, carpeting, drapes, lamps, furniture and mattress.

A Stunning Modern Chandelier With a Royalty Seal

Another feature that we liked was her stunning and rare fifties chandelier, designed by world class Italian glass masters Mazzega. One of the oldest Murano glass-art houses in Italy.

Showers stair rail featuring 1950 Mazzega chandelier
Showers stair rail featuring 1950 Mazzega chandelier

While we couldn’t find the exact model she just, we found a couple chandeliers that match Shower’s stair rail entry.

Mazzega Large Chandelier with Molded Glass Panels, 1950s
Mazzega Large Chandelier with Molded Glass Panels, 1950s

Molded glass seems to give shape to a large style Mazzega chandelier hanging high above her house entry stairs. Available on 1stdibs, we also feature a couple modern chandeliers that could match Shower’s style.

First is two variants of our Bebop modern chandelier (160 and 170), with its tubed structure in several tiers, housing 12 lights.

Bebop 170 chandelier
Bebop 170

A second suggestion, that is not similar to Jan’s chandelier, but that could provide an even more eclectic entry is our Galactic chandelier. With dozens of pipe structures framed by a gilded circled ring in mirrored gold.

Galactic suspension lamp
Galactic suspension lamp

Classic Chandelier for a Home-Office

While we won’t say we loved her chandelier pick for the house office. We do love her pick for her breakfast room. A minimal style chandelier with six cilinder-shaped frames.

The piece does create a nice job in setting the tone for an inspiring space that also provides a beautiful look and magnificent lightning.

Her Elizabeth chandelier is a 6-light minimal chandelier available both in factory-made glass canopy. She also offers an Italian Murano glass version, which we’re more fond of.


We chose two designs to complement her home-office and breakfast room. We did noticed she uses a more classical style chandelier in her dining room. Which is interesting how she picks the contrasting minimal chandelier for the breakfast room, while she picked a more classic look for her dining room.

Serenade 9-light chandelier from MuranoDirect
Serenade 9-light chandelier from MuranoDirect
Domino Murano Chandelier with eight lights
Domino Murano Chandelier with eight lights

Domino coloring is not a style that most would welcome, as its’c ontrasting looks might take away strength from more subtle decorations, specially if it’s the breakfast room.

Still, we think a custom made Domino chandelier, with the current looks, painted with a single tone of white would improve the desired look.

Chandelier lightning for breakfast room
Chandelier lightning for breakfast room

Finally, we couldn’t help but notice how she carefully choses every item to compliment and accentuated every aspect of each room. For her nursery room, an 8-light transparent white glass chandelier was selected. Creating a very soft, clean and neutral atmosphere.

What about you? Is there a designer that you’d like us to profile? Are you in need of buying advice for your home/office chandelier? Leave a comment below!