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Vistosi Onion Table Lamp

Vistosi Onion Table Lamp


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Vistosi Onion Pendant Light


Condition: In perfect condition.

Materials: Dark red Murano crystal glass, inside is white (incamiciato).

Total height: 140 cm – 55.11”

Height: 34 cm – 13.38”

Width: 32 cm – 12.59”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27- 1 x 75 watt max – 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, preferable a white/opaque or frosted one.

Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Alessandro Pianon (1931 – 1984).

Manufacturer: Vistosi, Murano, Italy.

Other versions: Also made as table lamp and floor lamp. Different sizes and colours.

Incamiciato: overlay lattimo glass (= milky looking glass) with a layer of transparent coloured glass.

Alessandro Pianon was born in Venice, Italy in 1931 where he died in 1984. He studied architecture at the Venice University. In 1956 he worked at Vistosi’s, designing its logo. In 1962 he opened his own design studio.

Vistosi: This spectacular mouth blown bright onion shaped pendant is characteristic of Alessandro’s design vocabulary: simple, geometric shapes and monochrome colours executed in the cased glass technique.

Alessandro Pianon designed this light in 1956, it was made for several years.

This pendant is in a rarely-seen size in a crisp red. None of these lamps are identical and are all handmade (mouth-blown). This light is an early edition: the 1960s labels of Vistosi and Murano are present.

The Italian Vistosi family has been active in the field of art glass for over 300 years. Fascinated by the aesthetics and production methods of modern design, Gugliemo Vistosi opened his own glass works factory on the Murano island in 1945. By attracting excellent artists like Alessandro Pianon, Angelo Mangiarotti, Gae Aulenti, Peter Pelzel, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Adalberto Dal Lago, Vico Magistretti, Enrico Tronconi and many others the company became a well known name.

Under the guidance of Gino and Luciano Vistosi, Guglielmo’s grandchildren, the Vistosi production starts to focus on lighting items, achieving a considerable success. Whereas Gino’s designs tended to be quite formal, Luciano preferred a more experimental, sculptural approach.

The sole survivor of the original founders, Luciano, dedicated himself to research and glass sculpture until his death in 2010.

In 1989 Giancarlo Moretti, a businessman from Murano with a long experience in the glass sector with Vetrofond and Punto Luce, acquires the prestigious brand, giving birth to Vetreria Vistosi. The company still exist.

More info about the history of the Vistosi company can be found on their website:
Murano glass blowing Wikipedia:
Murano glass Museum:

Other Vistosi lights on Vintageinfo click here.

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Orange version of the Vistosi Onion pendant light, also on Vintageinfo. 

Gino Vistosi Orange Onion Pendant Light