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AV Mazzega Table or Floor Lamp

Materials: Orange incamiciato glass base. White opal glass globe. All made in hand-blown Murano glass. Chromed metal (iron) ring in between the glass parts, ornamental screws. Bakelite sockets.

Height: 63 cm / 24.80”

Width: ∅ 22 cm / 8.66”

Electricity: 2 bulbs E27, 2 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. A frosted or white, opaque one is preferred for these type of lights.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Carlo Nason.

Manufacturer: AV Mazzega, Murano Italy.

Other versions: This AV Mazzega table or floor lamp is often named Mezzo Birillo (half cone). It exists in several different sizes and many colours. It is the small versions of the Birillo floor lamp.

Outstanding sculptured glass table or floor lamp designed by Carlo Nason for AV Mazzega in the late 1960s and made for many years. Some sources say that it was designed in 1969.

All these table lamps were 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 a floor foot switch.

AV Mazzega

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. The company is renamed in Mazzega 1946; the year AV Mazzega was founded. 

Designers that work or worked for AV Mazzega – Mazzega 1946 are among others Carlo NasonAldo Nason, Christophe Pillet, Michele De Lucchi, Giovanni Barbato, Paolo Piva, Sam Baron, Gasmi Chafik, Oriano Favaretto and Riccardo Giovanetti.

Incamiciato: This is a glass consisting of two superimposed layers of white (lattimo) glass and of coloured transparent glass.

A big model of this lamp (102 cm – 40.15”) can be found here:
AV Mazzega Birillo Floor Lamp

A Similar lamp like this one but entirely white can be found over here: AV Mazzega Table or Floor Lamp

Carlo Nason

Carlo Nason

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, LeucosAlt 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.

iTRE

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.

Other examples of this table or floor lamp

AV Mazzega Table or Floor Lamp - Red version AV Mazzega Table or Floor Lamp - Purple AV Mazzega Table or Floor Lamp

Lamps in the movies

An AV Mazzega table or floor lamp was used as a prop in the Italian crime TV mini series Maltese – Il Romanzo del Commissario from 2017. Starring Kim Rossi Stuart and Rike Schmid.

AV Mazzega table or floor lamp used as a prop in Maltese - Il Romanzo del Commissario (2017)

Photo of the old factory on the Murano island, taken in October 2014

AV Mazzega Table or Floor Lamp - Old factory of AV Mazzega in Murano Italy