An amazing world of Arte Veneziana takes its origin from the fragility of glass and play of the mirror reflections, where silhouette of a mysterious beauty reveals. A timeless aesthetics, that people admired in the past, personifies a true luxury of the present. Arte Veneziana is more than art…
Form Arte Veneziana history
History of Arte Veneziana began in a small Venetian workshop a long time ago. During the Renaissance time such workshops were placed in the traditional “squero”, or ancient Venetian yards, or at the territory of a dockyard. These were special places with a unique atmosphere. The craftsmen were making the most various handmade objects in these workshops. One could watch their work freely, but some special ancient technics of a unique handicraft are still a mystery. And today all their beautiful pieces represent a true aesthetics and unique artistic values, that began with passion to art and beauty. So, this was an atmosphere, from what the history and philosophy of Arte Veneziana began.
Following original traditions of the Venetian craftsmen, three generations of Zanin family realize all authenticity of the Italian culture and art, creating amazing glass objects. Besides Arte Veneziana presents collections of luxury Venetian mirrors, reproducing the aesthetics of XVII-XVIII centuries, that was the best time of glassmaking. Soon Alessandro and Nicola Zanin proposed to create a unique furniture with an exquisite mirror applications.
In spite of attention to the modern tendencies, craftsmen of Arte Veneziana keep true values of the ancient handicraft, minimizing any mechanical work. That’s why each detail of their pieces has its own charming aesthetics. The furniture collections, lighting and accessories by Arte Veneziana differ by a rare beauty and unique style: these are not just some interior objects, but they become more likely the elegant “jewelry”, that creates a unique image of the furnishings, revealing a delicate silhouette of the past, deco “notes”, eclectic and luxury view of the interior.
Next Deco Collection by Arte Veneziana
“Next Deco” Collection was created in collaboration with an architect Giovanni Ferreri. This line is marked with the exceptional decorative elements, precious materials and a unique style that combines elite Art Deco motives and a delicacy of the artistic details.
For example, look at the design of a sideboard: an elegant ebony wooden texture with glossy finishing is combined perfectly with the elements of black glass, chromed brass and delicate engravings with silver inlays. Top of the sideboard is made of black Marquinia marble. Design of this object has an eclectic composition and it is closely related to Art Deco style. A contrast framing and gloss inlay with ribbed surface make an emphasis on the strict geometry and contours of the composition elements. But a delicate artistic detail, that became a leitmotif for the whole collection, completes its general image with an amazing grace.
This is an engraving, that was made due to using the silver inlays on the contrast black background: we can see silhouettes of the graceful animals among the abstract floral drawings. Consoles in this collection have the same style, but they have also the elegant “legs”, which were made of “torchon” glass. “Next Deco” Collection includes also the upholstered furniture, that is made with the ebony wooden inlays, that is combined with steel elements. On the back side of the sofas and armchairs we can see charming engravings.
Lagune Collection by Arte Veneziana
Design of “Lagune Collection” was created in collaboration with Giovanni Luca Ferreri. Each object of this line has its own unique style and aesthetics that were revealed due to the unusual decorations. It is about mirror surfaces with unique textures: it seems to be “ancient” or “antique” with lots of some “shabby” sections and imperfections. This creates an amazing play of light shades and reflections.
Structure elements are made of glossy stainless steel, and the inner finishing could be made of Oak. Mirror surfaces are combined perfectly with glass inserts that creates a special visual effect. For example, this could be a dinner table that has quite a strict geometry and proportions, but we can see transparent glass fragments against a “worn” mirror surface of its top.
Riflessivo collection by Arte Veneziana
Riflessivo Collection by Arte Veneziana was created in collaboration with Leo De Carlo. An artistic realization of a true Venetian aesthetics in a modern context was the main idea of this collection. For example, look at the sideboards that are marked with the delicate decorative details, modern colour set and eclectic image. Its external finishing is made of the various rectangular “rags” that have different decorations and colour shades (from deep green to light-green or even yellow). Each of these fragment is decorated with the elements of some ornament or mirror applications with unusual textures. It seems that such a combination of vivid colours and spontaneous decorative elements creates come eclectic mosaic that contrasts with the delicate curved legs. Each object of Riflessivo Collection by Arte Veneziana becomes an accent of interior that has its own individual style.
Parentesi Dorica Collection by Arte Veneziana
A special modern image and unusual design of this collection was created in collaboration with Giovanni Luca Ferreri. Traditionally, structure elements of the furniture are made of solid wood – for example, it could be oak. But an external finishing of these objects is made of the special glass applications that have uncommon shapes. Moulding of glass fragments is done in the special ovens with the high temperatures (+600C). So, each glass element becomes curved.
Unusual visual effect of facet figure reveals when these fragments are placed on the surface. Due to play of reflections a simply geometry of the object loses its statical character and finds its own sense of rhythm, dynamics and changes its image constantly.
Shining Stripe Collection by Arte Veneziana
Shining Stripe Collection by Arte Veneziana has its own image that was based on the revealing of elegance in a special geometry. For example, a sideboard has an uncommon and eclectic composition: it consists of trapezium-shaped base, “broken” handles and colour contrasting details or some framings that make an emphasis on rectangular doors.
Mirror inserts, wooden surfaces with black glossy finishing and shining steel elements of the base are combined perfectly. Mirror insert with beveled edges becomes a distinctive detail for the whole composition. This element contrasts with the upper part, that differs by black glossy surface. Coffe table from Shining Stripe collection has the same steel base and its top is made of the “ancient” black Absolute marble and it is also completed with “shining stripe” or some mirror insert that becomes an accent for the whole collection.
Églimosé decorations by Arte Veneziana
All the objects that are decorated with églimosé elements have a special aesthetics. This artistic technique was used in Ancient Egypt, and this method of decoration has been revived in works by Jean-Baptiste-Glomy at the end of the XVIII century. Glass objects were decorated with amazing engravings due to using golden leaf.
Today craftsmen of Arte Veneziana reproduce this technique very accurately following the authentic traditions. We can see these unique decorative details in design of furniture pieces with mirror surfaces. At first craftsmen create drawings on the glass using all the necessary instruments, after that they cover them with golden leaf for contour accentuation. So, all the drawings become expressive and charming. As a rule, pieces with églimosé decorations by Arte Veneziana are made for order.
Arte Veneziana mirrors
We can see delicate details and true elegance of Venetian aesthetics in a special design of Arte Veneziana mirrors. All these objects are decorated with unique floral engravings, inlays of multicoloured murano glass or with precious golden details. Arte Veneziana mirrors have also delicate decorative elements that are made of transparent glass. They seem intangible and create visual illusion of play with materials and transformation into something new.
These unique combinations of murano glass, golden elements and “ancient” mirror surfaces create an amazing and charming image of the past. Each Arte Veneziana mirror is a unique handmade object, which each detail or “imperfection” becomes an amazing aesthetic accent, involved into the play of reflections.
Venetian Style Collection by Arte Veneziana
Craftsmen of Arte Veneziana pay a special attention to reproducing true style features of Venetian aesthetics. Venetian Style Collection appeared in collaboration with an architecture Matteo Fossa.
Delicate shapes or laconic geometry with déco elements are typical for this line of furniture by Arte Veneziana. These features complete an individual image of each object with eclectic motives. Objects from this collection differ by an unusual combination of materials: for example, solid wood could be used for creating general structure, but we can also see glossy steel details, mirror surfaces with the unique handmade engravings with “ancient” finishing. Venetian Style Collection by Arte Veneziana differs by delicate decorations and its own individual image that reveals from the past, but it has a special aesthetics, which is typical for Arte Veneziana only.
Arte Veneziana chandeliers
The main feature of Arte Veneziana chandeliers is delicacy of the details and a true aesthetics in spite of the style. For example, in the line “lighting’700” we can see lots of decorative elements that have complicated but at the same time elegant details and colour shades.
Look at the chandeliers that reproduce Rezzonico style: each chandelier is decorated with the elements of murano glass in a deep black colour. Lots of delicate handmade details such as the floral curves, sinuous lines or decorative pendants are combined perfectly with the massive glass arches that have a shape of stalks. These Arte Veneziana chandeliers differ by a mysterious but at the same time a luxury image, that is beyond “its” time.
Arte Veneziana chandeliers collections include also the objects that are mainly decorated with floral elements of the murano glass. These objects have their own unique sense of rhythm due to an accuracy of the details. Their composition is like becomes “alive”, and light changes it instantly…
Upholstered furniture by Arte Veneziana
The upholstered furniture by Arte Veneziana is presented by exquisite, elegant and at the same time the uncommon images.
For example, look at the design of “Cappriccio” sofa: an unusual “architecture”, delicate details and luxurious upholstery become the main features of this object. High back of the sofa is combined with the lateral elements that have curved shapes. This composition has a very unusual view. Delicate frills make an emphasis on the massive base, and we can also see the mirror applications along the edges. This nuance completes the general image with a special dynamics. Look at the decorative details of the lateral sections: at the upper side we can see interesting elements that are made of murano glass and have a spherical shape. At the frontal sides we can see amazing engravings that are placed on the mirror surfaces with an “ancient” effect.
An armchair (model “Q1”) with round rotate base and oval back is one more unusual model of Arte Veneziana upholstered furniture. We can see the mirror inserts with handmade engravings at the frontal side of the back. There are amazing drawings with delicate floral motives.
“Gondola” line includes the sofa and poufs that were made in the same style. Nubuck and cotton are used for the upholstering of these objects. We can see capitonne stitching in the upholstering of the base, and a little curved lateral elements that are decorated with the mirror inserts. The design of these objects includes classical details that create an exquisite image which completes harmonically any luxurious interior.
Look at the line of the upholstered furniture “Fiere Palace”: at first it seems to be simple, but at the same time an elegant and unusual design of this furniture differs by noble materials and interesting decorative details. Back has a shape of fan and it rounds the seat. A light “veil” of the “old times” reveals due to the using of light-brown nubuck.
Amazing handmade “legs” become the main feature of “Fiere Palace” armchairs: these elements are made of blown glass in light-blue colour shade that is combined perfectly with the upholstering. Plastic shapes and elegant decorations are typical for “Rose” sofa: a sinuous lines of its back and base, figured lateral sides – all these elements complete a harmonic composition, which the main feature is a grace. We can see unique engravings at the frontal sides.
Rivalto by Arte Veneziana
Rivalto brand by Arte Veneziana was created in collaboration with Luca Ferreri. It is about a unique line that differs by an unusual and exquisite aesthetics and represents some original view of luxury, a true Venetian elegance and modern techniques. Exclusive objects are made of the best materials, such as glass, mirrors, noble kinds of wood and elegant textiles. Unique handicraft techniques are used for creation all the decorative elements, due to this each detail turns the design of furniture into art.
A fascinating play of light shades and reflections that appears from the glass and mirror surfaces becomes the main Rivalto leit-motif. So, each object appears in its own special way, revealing a unique silhouette of beauty that completes the whole composition, which changes its image constantly… An elegant, exquisite and luxurious interior, that becomes “alive” in its own charm and in a unique aesthetics of each detail, becomes the main Rivalto conception.
For example, decorative elements of the chairs seem to be a true jewelry: against the background of the velvet back we can see handmade blown glass medallion with female side-face.
Design of Rivalto kitchen is out of our usual way we see the furniture and it is beyond our imagination. Can you imagine an amazing space that is elegant and luxurious: we can see handmade glass handles that are decorated with engravings.
The table tops were made of the rare kinds of marble, and they combined perfectly with the glass and mirror surfaces. Such an image of kitchen is unique, because it reveals the other side of luxury, a subtle silhouette and visual fragility.