36 Discs Murano Chandelier
Materials: 36 hand blown Murano crystal glass discs in different colours. Clear glass on the outside, coloured on the inside of the discs. Metal chromed frame. Bakelite sockets.
Chain Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’
Height: 58 cm / 22.83”
Width: 58 cm / 22.83”
Electricity: 8 bulbs E14, 8 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferably clear/bright bulbs.
Period: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Gino Vistosi (1925-1980).
Other versions: This 36 Discs Murano chandelier was made in many different sizes and colours: more or less discs, wall lamps, ceiling lamps, table lamps. Other disc chandeliers on this website: Disc Chandeliers.
This spectacular hand blown crystal glass disc chandelier is characteristic of the design vocabulary of Gino Vistosi: simple, geometric shapes and monochrome colours executed in the cased glass technique. None of these lamps are identical and are all handmade.
Despite the fact that Gino Vistosi designed these lamps, almost all of the light producers on the Murano island in Italy made these lamps. It was a big hit and they were made for more than 30 years. Few are marked with a label. Today new ones are also produced with old looking frames and sockets: beware!
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. 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. In the 1990s the factory closed for a couple of years. It was reopened by Matteo Moretti, Giancarlo’s son, who relaunched the Vistosi brand. During the same period Vistosi acquired the brands Alox, G2 and Triade. Today, the company still produces the most beautiful lamps, some of them old classics.
The sole survivor of the original founders, Luciano, born 24 February 1930, dedicated himself to research and glass sculpture until his death (in Venice) on 14 Mai 2010.
Luciano Vistosi, Lino Tagliapietra & Alfredo Barbini: Masters of Murano
Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the photos and the enthusiasm.