Venini & Co

Venini & Co was founded in 1925 by Paulo Venini. Already from the start he employed well known artists to design the art glass: first Napoleone Martinuzzi, later Carlo Scarpa, Tomasso Buzzi, Tyra Lundgren during the 20-ies and 30-ies, and during the 40-ies and 50-ies Gio Ponte. With Fulvio Bianconi as designer Venini & Co reached an artistic peak which lasted during the 60-ies. Venini & Co continued at high level also during the 60-ies and 70-ies with Tapio Wirkkala and Ludovico Dias de Santillana, the owner of the company from 1959. In the following decades freelancing artists such as Dale Chihuly, Richard Marquis, Toots Zinsky, Ettore Sottsass and others have designed important art glass. Venini was often represented at the Art Biennale of Venice.

Venini & Co has changed owners and is still known for high level art glass, but many old models have continued to be in production and introduction of new designs have diminished.

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