AV Mazzega Contemporary Lighting at Euroluce 2013 –
Andrea Mazzega talks about the history of the company.
AV Mazzega Orange Crystal Chandelier
Materials: Metal (iron) chromed frame. 10 crystal hand blown glass plates/petals. The glass is orange and transparent coloured and it is made with small bubbles inside the glass. The technique is named pulegoso.
Chain Length: 80 cm / 31.49’’
Height: 40 cm / 15.75”
Width: ∅ 50 cm / 19.68”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 screw base can be used, but a globe lamp is preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: In all probability Carlo Nason who created numerous lights for AV Mazzega.
Manufacturer: AV Mazzega, Murano Italy.
Other versions: Bigger and smaller lamps, different colours. All these lamps were hand made and therefore all unique with a little difference in height and width.
The glass is not only made pulegoso, but the underside looks and feels like someone has sprinkled sugar on it.
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, maybe this one.
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.
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. 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.
He has chosen AV Mazzega most of all in the 70s and 80s to develop all the collection, that today is an icon of vintage: the creation of the highest quality at the level of its design.
Pulegoso: Italian word taken from the dialect word pulega, which means bubble. The glass is containing numerous bubbles of all sizes, produced by adding bicarbonate/soda, gasoline, or other substances to the glass. The bubbles make the glass semi-opaque and give the surface an irregular texture. The technique was developed in the 1920s by Napoleone Martinuzzi (1892-1977) on the island of Murano, Italy and used for the first time by the famous Venini company.
Same chandeliers, different colours
Photo of the old factory on the Murano island – October 2014