Founded in 1921 by Paolo Venini, a Milanese lawyer, and Giacomo Cappellin, a Venetian antiques dealer, Venini SpA, then Cappellin, Venini & C., would become a benchmark in the world of artistic glass, laying the foundations of that stylistic identity that still distinguishes it today.
Over the years, Venini has undertaken significant joint projects with artists such as Napoleone Martinuzzi, Carlo Scarpa, Vittorio Zecchin, and, after the war, with Gio Ponti and Mimmo Rotella, not to mention the contributions of contemporary designers and architects such as Tadao Ando, Gae Aulenti, Massimiliano Fuksas, Ettore Sottsass, Emmanuel Babled, Alessandro Mendini and Ron Arad. The forms and style of the original artistic production are thus continuously refreshed.
With its iconic projects and new creations, the glassworks presents its works in two collections: Art Glass brings together a series of extraordinary sculptural vases and objects for interior decoration; Art Light features chandeliers and important lighting installations for large public or private spaces. Creations bearing the Venini signature have become part of the permanent collections of museums of such calibre as the Metropolitan Museum and MoMA in New York, the Fondation Cartier in Paris, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Venini’s own museum contains 45.000 drawings, 10.000 vintage photos and 4.000 works of art, making it the most precious historical archive of modern and contemporary glass art in the world.
Since January 2016, the company has been controlled by the Damiani family, head of the international fine jewelry brand, with the aim of giving increased impetus to one of the most authentic examples of Italian-made excellence.
(c) Images courtesy of Alessandra Chemollo and Venini.