A rare example of the 'Tessuto' series designed by Carlo Scarpa ca. 1940. Manufactured by Venini Murano Venice. Thin vertically fused glass threads in alternating turquoise, milkwhite and black. The surface finished with fine horizontal grinding. This example is a reedition dating to 1981 which was limited to 100 pieces. Incised signature 'venini italia 81 26/100' on the base.
Carlo Scarpa (1906 – 1978) was one of the most important architects of Italian modernism. 'Architecture must be precious' is a famous quote from him. Like his role model Frank Lloyd Wright, he was also a follower of organic architecture. Carlo Scarpa created the first Sommerso vases for Venini in the early 1930s. Further design ideas from his signature were presented at the 19th Biennale d'Arte in Venice. Carlo Scarpa explored the interaction of glass and light in his works. Several well known glass techniques such as murrine (patterned glass made from rods), penelatte (glass with brushstroke decoration), inciso (glass with cutted lines) and battuto (beaten glass) characterise his objects. In 1961, Carlo Scarpa created a large light installation with modular polyhedra in the form of free fall for the World Exhibition in Turin
Height: 8.86" (22.5 cm)
Diameter: 4.72" (12 cm)