AV Mazzega Birillo Floor Lamp
Materials: 2 white opal Murano hand blown crystal glass parts. A flattened glass base, globe in bulb style on top. Chromed metal (iron) rings. 6 chrome ornamental screws. Brass rod and nuts. Two Bakelite sockets.
Height: 102 cm / 40.15”
Width: ∅ 34 cm / 13.38”
Electricity: 2 bulbs E27, 2 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a white/opaque or frosted one is preferred.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Carlo Nason in 1968.
Some sources say that it’s Sergio Mazzega who designed this lamp for Vistosi, but that is not true.
Manufacturer: AV Mazzega, Murano Italy.
Other versions: The AV Mazzega Birillo floor lamp exists in several sizes and colours. Many variations were produced.
Birillo: Italian word for bowling pin or cone.
All these lamps are hand blown and therefore all unique with a little difference in height and width. In the later editions of the 1970s the top and bottom illuminate independently or both together using the floor foot switch.
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. Today the company is named Mazzega 1946.
Designers that worked for AV Mazzega – Mazzega 1946 are among others: Carlo Nason, Aldo Nason, Christophe Pillet, Michele De Lucchi, Giovanni Barbato, Paolo Piva, Sam Baron, Gasmi Chafik, Oriano Favaretto and Riccardo Giovanetti.
Born in Murano in 1935 he grew up in one of the oldest families of Murano glass makers where experts introduced him to the most refined techniques. In the 60’s he worked for the family glass works Nason & C.
He quickly started to collaborate with other glass workshops, with special attention for modern design and achieving a combination of technique and craftsmanship which characterises all his projects. Carlo has always shown an attitude for innovation without losing his tradition.
From 1965 until 1980 he designed the complete collection of AV Mazzega, that today is an icon of vintage: the creation of the highest quality at the level of its design.
Carlo Nason designed for De Majo, Leucos, Alt Lucialternative, Gallery Vetri D`Arte, Murano Due, Vetreria Vistosi, Vetreria Carlo Moretti, Vetreria Livio Seguso, Gruppo Firme di Vetro di Salzano and several other companies.
Not only he designed glass objects, he designed ceramics for Baldelli, ski shoes for Garmont; consultant for Casinos Austria International in Vienna and worked on graphics for several companies.
In 1975 he founded his own company iTRE. Since 2002 the company is owned by FDV Group S.p.A., better known as LEUCOS. Many well-known designers worked for the iTRE company.
Not only is he a designer, He is also passionate about photography, in the 60’s and 70’s he has won numerous competitions.
Carlo’s work can be found in several museums. The Museum of Modern Art MoMA in New York, USA, the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, Italy. The Corning Museum of Glass in New York has a large collection of his works.
A huge collection, somewhere in Belgium
AV Mazzega Birillo Floor Lamp – Orange and White
Many thanks to Marc for the picture of the orange lamp.