My name is Giuliano, and this is my story. My family is from Veneto, the state of Venice. Since I was a little boy, on the weekends they took me for a walk to Venezia and to Murano, where they always bought me an ice cream near a furnace. Read the rest of my story here: Muranodirect.com
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 MuranoDirect.com, both as a homage and worthy heir to the first chandeliers initially manufactured there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When you’re looking for modern crystal chandeliers for your dining room, whether for an urban concept, loft, or classic shaped dining room, there’s plenty of chandelier styles to choose for your private or public space.
From the trendy and modern chandeliers with geometrical shapes, to the more anamorphic designs, finding the perfect chandelier can seem like a daunting task, unless you’re Jan Showers.
Fortunately, we live in a time where it’s easier than ever to get inspired by the visual web. So went in the lookout for some modern glass chandeliers for your dining room.
We focused our search in the trendiest and most modern styles of crystal chandeliers, especially those that offered a modern, yet comfortable and homey style more suited for a dining room.
While everyone of us has seen the traditional fruit or floral crystal chandeliers, it’s usually not very common to decorate your dining room with a trendy chandelier.
The meal is a ritualistic habit for many, and most people want to get their meals in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.
Looking at triangular shapes, or star-shaped glass pipes during diner may not be as enticing to some. Still, there’s something about modern chandeliers that classic styles can’t usually create.
We discovered finding a modern chandelier wasn’t as hard as we initially thought.
It all comes done to finding that chandelier that better suits and balances your space.
Either because of the welcoming light a glass chandelier can create. Or because of the subtle, yet elegant lightning, the perfect chandelier will not only lit and beautify your dining room. It will also make you feel in harmony with your meals.
1. Coco Cristal modern chandelier
The first pick is a aimed at creating a period uptown vibe. With cylindrical sheer silk plissè lampshades, this Coco-inspired glass chandelier is manufactured using a particular glassmaking technique, called rigadin.
What rigadin does is it allows to obtain straight vertical ribs, conferring to each vase the translucent surface of a peculiar lamp-shaped optical illusion.
The peculiar thing about this crystal chandelier is how its alignment can contribute to creating harmony and uniformity of the whole structure.
Offering a modern, yet comfy feeling, this Coco Cristal chandelier is suitable for modern dining rooms.
2. Chapeau glass classic/modern chandelier
What modern chandeliers can’t create, the timeless collection can. Sometimes you will want to integrate a chandelier that provides a modern look, yet with a classic flair.
Chapeau does this. It perfectly captures the timeless expression of a two-tiered 15 lights glass chandelier, with modern-looking handmade lampshades.
It’s tiered sections work in tandem with high ceilings or large spaces. As you can see from the picture, the contrast provided by the modern/classic chandelier along with the washed out walls of the urban loft, perfectly balance the elegance of a two-tiered glass chandelier, along with the informality of the wall painting.
The down graded atmosphere embellished with the opulence and style of Chapeau.
3. Atmosphera spheres chandelier
A unique twist to the classical chandelier is created with Atmosphera. A single-module handmade blown glass spheric hanging lamp.
With its purpose to reinterpreting the tradition of Murano lamps. Atmosphera is handblown and surrounded by a nickel structure, its shape allow it to create a certain dynamism with the surrounding space. Suitable for your modern dining room or avant-guard spaces.
It’s spheres, while creating a unique lightning fixture, can also add some charm due to its geometric and harmonic shape.
4. Mystique Gold retro chandelier
Not typically seen in a dining room. This retro looking golden square chandelier reminds us of the 1970’s exotic and sometimes chic charm.
It’s four sided, geometric body provides a faded light, designed to provide a lighting work with neat and simple volumes.
Each of the four gilded decorative plates has been handcrafted with exquisite detail in a lightly marble finishing.
Available in nine lights, this modern looking glass chandelier comes in 24k gold for an even more extravagant look.
5. Medusa extravagant chandelier
An extravagant looking chandelier, Medusa can be used to adorn an otherwise semi formal and minimal urban dining room.
Suitable to be used in an uniformed looking room. The chandelier can offset the otherwise boring design of a full wood-themed dining room. The dark and light cabinetry carried throughout the entire dining space will be emboldened with this extravagant looking chandelier.
Handblown and carrying 8 G9 leds, the lightning tentacles will give life and style to the dining space.
As you have seen. These are but a few suggestions in the never ending universe of modern glass chandeliers. While there are obvious reasons to buy a chandelier for your room. Finding the right chandelier for your dining room is not as easy as it may look, yet it’s also not impossible. No matter which decoration style you have in your house, there’s always a way how you can find a chandelier that can enhance your home.
If you’re looking to purchase a modern crystal chandeliers for your dining room, head to our store and see some of our current modern glass chandeliers. If you’re only curious or are looking for ideas, or are a regular visitor to our blog, welcome back!
And as always, feel free to reach out for anything regarding chandeliers.
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.
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.
While we couldn’t find the exact model she just, we found a couple chandeliers that match Shower’s stair rail entry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Lighting is one of the most underrated and overlooked factors when it comes to interior design. In particular when it comes to bedroom lighting, things get even more tricky, unless you’re a luxury lightning pro.
And if you think this wasn’t tricky enough, consider luxury bedroom lighting. As if it wasn’t already hard to right balance between ceiling, wall and bedside lamps in a bedroom, specially in large rooms. Now picture a lavishly decorated bedroom. How do you even light that?
Fortunately, there are some rules and ideas that if you follow you can be certain you will get the best lighting and design for your house.
As we usually advice on lighting for a lot of spaces in your house, a combined lighting strategy supplies layers of light and permit you to use each light for a particular job or utilize them entirely to set the state of mind.
Your bed room is your sanctuary, a location to loosen up and pull back after a hectic day. Bed room lighting ought to stimulate a sensation of pure convenience and show your individual design. Even more if you’re aiming for luxurious lightning sources and elegant lightning in your bedroom.
Luxury Bedroom lighting concepts
Bedside light options consist of alternatives with material (typically drum-shaped) tones for soft basic lighting, or adjustable frames to place light to match your requirements. The perfect height for a bedside light will have it casting light at the height that you would hold a book in bed.
This striking device maximizes the surface area for other things and design while supplying both ornamental and practical lighting. There are some extraordinary adjustable pendants offered which permit you to place the shade to direct light for jobs such as reading.
A modern-day bed room lighting pattern, is to suspend pendant lights above bedside tables. Ceiling lights offer an ornamental lighting source for bed rooms with low ceilings, where pendant lighting or chandeliers might not be an alternative. Guarantee you place down-lights thoroughly to light locations with mirrors, art work or surface areas, so that light is utilized successfully.
Ceiling lights supply an ornamental lighting source for bed rooms with low ceilings, where pendant lighting or chandeliers might not be a choice. While both of these can achieve the desired luxury bedroom lighting effect. We Guarantee you place down-lights thoroughly to light locations with mirrors, art work or surface areas, so that light is utilized successfully.
Wall lights can be made use of in numerous locations of the bed room to develop an environment, emphasize art work, or supply direct lighting for reading. Bedside wall lights offer adjustable function for a lovely ornamental appearance without jumbling up the bedside or the ceiling table.
Wall lights can be made use of in different locations of the bed room to develop an environment, emphasize art work, or offer direct lighting for reading.
There are a variety of ways that you can use a chandelier or any other stylish lightning source to light up your bedroom or private chamber.
Do you have a specific questions for having a bedroom chandelier? Have you found it hard to match luxury bedroom lightning settings?
Want to buy a bedroom light Murano chandelier? Call or email and I’ll personally answer all your concerns in record time.
We just finalized uploading some pictures from the most recent custom projects. Go check them on our Houzz profile page.
Along with our most recent custom projects, we’ll soon be have a store up and ready for everyone to purchase directly from the site.
Feel free to dropus a line and see what we’re working on next. It could be a murano glass mirror, or it could be a custom modern Murano glass chandelier. Who knows?
The only warrantee is that all of our products are hand-blown by expert artisans from Murano, Venice. And if this is not enough to get you enticed, you should also note that we’ve carefully selected only a handful of glassmasters to work with on a regular basis.
We’ve been locals from Murano glass since my childhood, and I’m totally aware of who’s a master glassman and who’s not.
From the pictures of our finalized projects, I hope you get a better idea of the type of work that we do.
And the best of it all. Is that you can get top notch quality at one of the lowest pries in the market for original Murano glass chandeliers, mirror, lamps and other lightning fixtures.
Simply drop us a line and see what we can do for your project and how our Murano work can put an eternal light of class and style into your space.
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This exclusive and original Murano glass chandelier is 100% handmade by expert glassblowers from Venice, according to the ancient tradition of Murano, Italy. Each Agazio Rezzonico chandelier comes with a certificate of authenticity expedited by the Murano glass master.
To order this model exactly like the picture please proceed to check out…otherwise, if you need to customize it, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or message us trough WhatsApp at +39 347 139 4152 Any chandelier is professionally packed and shipped from the furnace in Venice direct to you. If you live in Usa or Canada, insured shipping cost is included.
If not, please send me an email to confirm you my best final price. In the unusual case you receive a broken piece, don’t worry, I will send a free replacement part as soon as possible. All our chandeliers come with an adjustable chain and glass cup to be hung in the the ceiling.
Whether you are looking for a classic or modern lamp, I’m able to create the perfect model to brighten your home, office or any other space with a touch of class and timeless luxury. Like any original Murano glass chandelier, your model will be created after you have placed your order, so please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery time.
Any questions you have, I’m happy to assist you with. I can also help you with the installation of your chandelier or any other big projects with prior agreement.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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,