Some of my favorite light fixtures and decorative accessories are made of Murano glass. Murano glass is hand blown glass, luminously colored and sculpted by artisans who have honed their craft and passed on generation after generation. The name Murano comes from the geographical location of the glass foundries, a small island about a mile from Venice. In the 13th century the ruler of Venice ordered all the glass foundries to move to the island of Murano so they would not pose a fire hazard to the city.
Here are a few of my favorites
above: Umbtello lamp by Otium
Ca Rezzonico by La murrina
This year there will be an exhibit “Venice: Three Visions in Glass” featuring three Venice based innovative artists. It will be at Barry Friedman, a gallery in New York’s Chelsea district, from Oct. 29–Jan. 16