Carlo Nason expo – Triennale Milan 2015
AV Mazzega old factory – photo October 2014
Lamps in the movies!
A big blue AV Mazzega LT216 table lamp together with a Medusa floor lamp, also designed by Carlo Nason, were used as a prop in the Italian cult horror film La Notte Dei Diavoli – Night of the Devils from 1972. You can also see these lamps in the movie fragment below.
AV Mazzega LT216 Table Lamp
Materials: Orange clear hand blown crystal glass “chalice” with a flattened round base. White opal hand blown crystal glass globe lampshade inside. Some chromed iron parts. Bakelite E14 socket.
Height: 25 cm / 9.84”
Width: ∅ 16 cm / 6.29”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But a frosted or white/opaque one is preferred. A clear bulb creates stripes on the glass.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Carlo Nason in 1968.
Manufacturer: AV Mazzega, Murano, Italy.
Other versions: This AV Mazzega LT216 table lamp exists in several colours and sizes. This table lamp is the smallest, often used as a bedside lamp. A series of larger lamps can be found here on Vintageinfo: Carlo Nason LT216 Table Lamps.
This table lamp was published in the book Italian light 1960-1980: cento lampade della collezione Cortopassi (one hundred lamps from the Cortopassi collection). Written by Paola Palma and Carlo Vannicola and published in 2004. EAN: 9788881258406
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 60s 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 characterizes all his projects. Carlo has always shown an attitude for innovation without loosing 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 60s and 70s 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 big AV Mazzega LT216 table lamp together with the smallest one. The table lamp on the left is made by Vistosi, you can find it over here.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Mazzega 1946 (AV Mazzega)
Google books: Italian light 1960-1980
La Notte Dei Diavoli – Night of the Devils (1972) – Wikipedia
La Notte Dei Diavoli – Night of the Devils (1972) – IMDb
LT216 Table Lamps – big blue versions
LT216 Table Lamp – big orange versions
Chrome and glass globes chandelier