Gino Vistosi Blue & Pink Discs Chandelier
Materials: 36 hand blown blue crystal Murano glass discs. Metal chromed (iron) wire frame, chain and canopy. Bakelite sockets. Purple/pink when this chandelier illuminates, blue when not lit.
Chain Length: 80 cm / 31.49’’
Height: 53 cm / 20.86”
Width: ∅ 47 cm / 18.50”
Electricity: 6 bulbs E14, 6 x 60 watt maximum. 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum. 110/220 volt. 2 circuits.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But clear light bulbs are preferred.
Period: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Gino Vistosi (1925-1980).
Other versions: This “Gino Vistosi blue & pink discs chandelier” was made in many different sizes and colours. Made with more or less discs, as a wall lamp, a flush mount or table lamp.
In Germany and some other countries in Europe acrylic discs chandeliers were produced among others by Aro Leuchte (Arnold Licht GmbH) from Borken.
It is always said that Gino Vistosi designed these lamps, but all of the light producers on the Murano island made them. It was a big hit and they were made for more than 50 years. Few are marked or have a label. The largest producer was AV Mazzega.
Today (2019) new chandeliers are in production. Also spare discs can be ordered. But if it has to be certain colours, it is obviously more difficult to produce them.
Vistosi was created by Guglielmo Vistosi in Murano in 1945 focusing on lighting. After his premature death his sons Gino and Luciano, joined their uncle Oreste in the founding of the Vistosi company.
In 1956 Alessandro Pianon, a Venetian Architect, joined the company and together with second generation Luciano and Gino Vistosi they gave a swing to the company focusing on innovation and design.
The company has employed some very relevant designers such as Angelo Mangiarotti, Gae Aulenti, Peter Pelzel, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Adalberto Dal Lago, Vico Magistretti, Enrico Tronconi and so on.
In 1989 Giancarlo Moretti, a businessman from Murano with a long experience in the glass sector with Vetrofond and Punto Luce, acquires the prestigious brand, giving birth to Vetreria Vistosi.
The sole survivor of the original founders, Luciano, dedicated himself to research and glass sculpture until his death in 2010.
Links (external links open in a new window)
More info about the history of the Vistosi company can be found on their website: www.vistosi.com/company/history
Luciano Vistosi in the Murano glass Museum
Luciano Vistosi – Wikipedia
Vetreria Vistosi – Wikipedia
Biography of Luciano Vistosi on the Murano Glass Museum website
Inexhibit: The sculpture of Vistosi at the Murano Glass Museum
History of Murano – Wikipedia
Murano glass blowing Wikipedia
Murano glass Museum
Mazzega 1946 – Today’s name of AV Mazzega
This is how this chandelier looks like when not lit.