A lawyer and an antiquarian might sound like an odd combination, but Paolo Venini and Giacomo Cappellin banded together in 1921 to found a glassmaking empire called Vetri Soffiati Cappellin Venini & C. – better known simply as Venini. They hired Venetian artist Vittorio Zecchin as an artistic director to create Venini’s innovative style. This style utilizes bright colors that highlight captivating shapes formed by expert glassmakers. For example, Venini’s famous Fazzoletto made its debut in 1949 with a unique silhouette mimicking a skirt moving in the wind. Such a contemporary design was so ahead of its time that Venini’s glassblowers continue to produce it to this day. However, this is not a rare occurrence for Venini pieces. Bolle, Pezzati, and Ninfea are just a few of the many collections originating in the mid-1900’s that are still made thanks to Zecchin’s inventive influence. Though the designs have been around for a long time, each piece is truly one-of-a-kind due to the hand-crafted nature of glassblowing.


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