Gino Vistosi White Discs Chandelier
Materials: 36 hand blown crystal glass discs made of white and clear Murano glass. Metal chromed (iron) wire frame, chain and canopy. Bakelite sockets.
Chain Length: 60 cm / 23.62”
Height: 53 cm / 20.86”
Width: ∅ 47 cm / 18.50”
Electricity: 6 bulbs E14, 6 x 60 watt max + 1 bulb E27, 75 watt max, 110/220 volt. 2 circuits.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but clear bulbs gives the best result with these type of chandeliers.
Period: 1950s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Gino Vistosi (1925-1980).
Other versions: This “Gino Vistosi white discs chandelier” was made in many different sizes and colours. Produced with more or less discs, as a wall lamp, a flush mount and a 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, born 24 February 1930, dedicated himself to research and glass sculpture until his death (in Venice) on 14 Mai 2010.
This is how this chandelier looks like when not lit.