Aldo Nason 1970s Torpedo Chandelier
Materials: 6 long hand blown opal milky crystal Murano glass “torpedoes”. Nickel-plated and chromed metal parts made of iron and brass. Bakelite sockets.
Rod Length: 100 cm / 39.37”
Height: 50 cm / 19.68”
Width: ∅ 38 cm / 14.96”
Electricity: 6 bulbs E14, 6 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred. It is recommended not to use clear light bulbs for this type of lamp.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Aldo Nason (1920).
Manufacturer: AV Mazzega, Murano Italy.
Other versions: The Aldo Nason 1970s Torpedo chandelier exists in several variations. Made with more or less lamps. Made as a table lamp and a floor lamp. Wall lamps also exists. One of the biggest chandeliers uses 18 light bulbs. Many different metal parts, all with the same tubular glass.
Born in Murano in 1920 he grew up in one of the oldest families of Murano glass makers where experts introduced him to the most refined techniques. He was the son of Emilio Nason, one of the founders of the Arte Vetraria Muranese or A.Ve.M. company in 1932. Co-founders were Antonio Luigi Ferro, his sons Egidio and Ottone Ferro and Galliano Ferro. In 1939 Giulio Radi joined the company as art director.
The A.Ve.M. company is best known today for their very popular “Tutti Frutti” range of bowls and vases from the 1950s that are often wrongly attributed to designer Dino Martens. Martens never worked for A.Ve.M.
In 1937, Aldo Nason joined the company as a glass blower. His most well known design for the company is the Yokohama range of vases. In 1959 he became a partner upon the death of his father. In 1968 Aldo found a workshop of his own. Egidio Ferro‘s sons Luciano and Giulio Ferro became the sole owners of the A.Ve.M. firm. It exists to this day but it ceased production many years ago.
When Aldo Nason became independent he quickly started to collaborate with several other glass workshops such as AV Mazzega. He designed many chandeliers and lamps for the company. Many of them were designed in this “tubular” style.
Aldo is the cousin of Carlo Nason. In the late 60s & 70s Carlo designed almost the complete AV Mazzega light collection.
AV Mazzega was founded in 1946 by Angelo Vittorio Mazzega. In 1950 his son Gianni Bruno Mazzega started working in the family’s glass factory. Gianni Bruno Mazzega is responsible for the creation of many beautiful lamps.
Today, under the watchful eye of Andrea Mazzega, grandson of Angelo Vittorio, the company works together with high-level international designers. Andrea is the president of the company since 2000.
Lamps in the movies!
An Aldo Nason Torpedo wall lamp was used as bedside lighting on each side of a luxurious bed, probably Italian. They were used as a prop in the 1975 British horror film I Don’t Want to Be Born. In the USA it was named The Devil Within Her. The film is also known as The Monster. Featuring Joan Collins and Ralph Bates. You can see it for example at + – 1:21. The king-size bed appears many times in the film. The full movie is available for free on YouTube.
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Mazzega 1946 (AV Mazzega)