(jana zielinski) These fantastic, spectacular vases were designed by the British architectural duo of Barber and Osgerby for the prestigious Italian brand of Venini. Venini has its headquarters on the famous glassmaker island of Murano, which is close to Venice. The company masters ancient glassmaking methods, including glass colouring. Coloured glass has recently experienced a huge comeback - the unique blown vases by Barber and Osgerby, entitled Lanterne Marine, are the proof.
These vases, made by Murano craftsmen, who are able to blow a vase of this size, are produced in beautiful Murano colours that imitate the colours of precious stones. Barber and Osgerby have taken advantage of all the possibilities resulting from their collaboration with the best glassmakers in the world. The shape is inspired by old maritime lanterns and buoys discovered in Murano; the glass is surrounded with a net of aluminum wires. Altogether, there are three initial shapes in various colours. They are so gorgeous that they immediately catch one’s eye and lead you over the Grand Canal towards the islands far away…
If you would like to see the limited edition of vases with your own eyes, visit the Vessel Gallery in London during November.