Carlo Scarpa’s glass plates

In 1951, Carlo Scarpa was praised by no less than the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who happened to visit the Venini glass furnace where Scarpa had been artistic director from 1934 to 1947. Scarpa had breathed new life into Venini’s production by designing glass plates, bottles, vases and bowls with extremely innovative techniques. His creations had great success in the most prestigious design exhibitions in the world.

Scarpa had started to learn the secrets of glassmaking in the late 1920s, as he worked with the masters of this art in Murano. He continued to experiment for years, combining the typical techniques and colors of Murano’s tradition with influences from different European craftsmen as well as with his own personal intuitions.

And after decades, his glass creations – such as the plates we showcase here – have stood the test of time and are still incredibly modern.

December 15, 2013