Gino Vistosi White & Amber Discs Chandelier
Materials: 36 Murano hand blown crystal glass discs. Metal chromed frame. 28 white and 8 amber discs, Bakelite sockets.
Chain Length: 60 cm / 23.62”
Height: 58 cm / 22.83”
Width: 46 x 46 cm / 18.11 x 18.11”
Electricity: 8 bulbs E14, 8 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but clear or bright bulbs are preferred.
Period: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Gino Vistosi (1925-1980).
Other versions: Different sizes and colours, more or less discs, wall lamp, flush mount, table lamp. Other disc chandeliers on Vintageinfo: Gino Vistosi Disc Chandeliers. In Germany and some other countries in Europe acrylic discs chandeliers were produced among others by Aro Leuchte (Arnold Licht GmbH) from Borken.
This spectacular hand blown glass discs chandelier is characteristic of Gino’s design vocabulary: simple, geometric shapes. None of these lamps are identical and are all handmade.
Despite the fact that Gino Vistosi designed these lamps, all of the light producers on the Murano island produced them. It was a big hit and they were made for more than 30 years. Few are marked with a label.
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. 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.
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 on Wikipedia
Vetreria Vistosi on 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
This is how this chandelier looks like without turning on the light bulbs.