AV Mazzega White Table Lamp
Materials: Flattened white opal hand blown crystal Murano glass base. White opal bulb style glass globe on top. Chromed metal (iron) ring. Some metal parts and rods. Bakelite E27 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. Preferable a white/opaque or frosted one.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Carlo Nason.
Manufacturer: AV Mazzega, Murano Italy.
Other versions: This AV Mazzega white table lamp is often named Mezzo Birillo (half cone). It exists in several different sizes and many colours. These lamps are often used as floor lamps. This lamp is the small versions of the Birillo floor lamp.
This white version is the original design. Other colours are the “design” of the company. Carlo Nason says that he never authorized the coloured versions.
All these lamps are hand-blown and therefore all unique with a little difference in height and width.
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.
A big model of this lamp, the Birillo (cone or skittle) – 102 cm – 40.15” can be found here on Vintageinfo: AV Mazzega Floor Lamp
A similar lamp but orange and white can be found over here:
AV Mazzega Table or Floor Lamp
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 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 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 beautiful examples of this lamp
An orange and white 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.
Photo of the old factory on the Murano island, taken in October 2014