Paolo Venini

The name of Paolo Venini (Cusano Milanino, 1895 – Venice, 1959) is synonymous with the excellence of 20th century Murano glass. After graduating in law in Pavia, in 1921 Venini founded Cappellin Venini in Murano with antiques dealer Giacomo Cappellin. Already in 1922, the company began to expand rapidly, opening in Rome, Milan, Venice and Paris, and participating in prestigious international events, including the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industrieles Modernes. In 1925, Venini founded the new Vetri Soffiati Muranesi Venini &C, entrusting its artistic direction to the director of the Murano Glass Museum, Napoleone Marinuzzi. Venini's entrepreneurial but also creative skills, brought the furnace to maximum notoriety; after the closure, due to the 1919 crisis, in 1932 Venini founded Venini s.a: from this period to the 50s, the brand undertook important and decisive collaborations with architects, designers and artists of great fame, from Gio Ponti to Tomaso Buzzi, from Piero Fornasetti to Carlo Scarpa, while the company began to produce not just artistic glass, but also spectacular glass lighting.

Designer items

Meet the designers

Gio Ponti

Piero Fornasetti

Fratelli Castiglioni

Joe Colombo

Nanda Vigo

Ettore Sottsass

Marco Zanuso

Luigi Caccia Dominioni

Ico Parisi

Charles & Ray Eames

Gae Aulenti

Pietro Chiesa

Vico Magistretti

Giotto Stoppino

Tobia Scarpa

Carlo Nason

Marcello Cuneo

Vittorio Dassi

Paolo Buffa

Max Ingrand

Gastone Rinaldi

Pia Guidetti Crippa

Gaetano Pesce

Richard Sapper

Ingo Maurer

Gabriella Crespi

Paul McCobb

Paul Tuttle

Nendo Design

Alvaro Siza

Carl Jacob Jucker

Ernesto Basile

Sergio Mazza

Osvaldo Borsani

Oscar Torlasco

Le Corbusier

Willy Rizzo

Gaetano Sciolari

Carlo De Carli

Angelo Lelli

Gino Sarfatti

Marcel Breuer

Carlo Scarpa

Massimo & Lella Vignelli

Claudio Salocchi

Toni Zuccheri

Aldo Tura

Verner Panton

Giancarlo Piretti

Gianfranco Frattini

Guglielmo Ulrich

Franco Albini

Philippe Starck

Angelo Mangiarotti

Enzo Mari

Tito Agnoli

Kazuide Takahama

Eero Saarinen

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Carlo Ratti

Alessandro Mendini

Mario Bellini

Cleto Munari

Carlo Mollino

Bruno Munari

Hans J. Wegner

Vladimir Kagan

Studio BBPR

Giovanni Michelucci

Norman Foster

George Nelson

Paolo Venini