Luciano was constantly searching for absolute designs, leading him to put quality of materials first, closely followed by style. He had a strong belief that drawings were only the starting point of a design, eventually leading to the creation of his glass sculptures. Luciano Vistosi held a vast number of solo exhibitions and took part in various exhibitions around the globe.
Video: Masters of Murano
A portrait of the master glass makers Luciano Vistosi, Lino Tagliapietra and Alfredo Barbini. After a brief view of Venice and Murano, the three artists are displayed in the workplace. Lino Tagliapietra is shown together with sticks, Luciano Vistosi makes a plate and Alfredo Barbini makes a bowl with the use of sticks. While working, all artists discuss their work.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Vistosi company history – Vistosi website
Luciano Vistosi – Murano glass Museum website
Biography of Luciano Vistosi – Murano Glass Museum website
Inexhibit: The sculpture of Vistosi at the Murano Glass Museum
Murano glass blowing Wikipedia
Luciano Vistosi Onfale table lamp
Luciano Vistosi Nessa Table Lamp
Materials: White opal hand blown crystal Murano glass, terminating clear at the base. Chromed metal round adjustable joint to connect the silver painted Bakelite socket to the glass.
Height: 38 cm / 14.96”
Width: 40 cm / 15.74”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Preferably a white/opaque or frosted one.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Luciano Vistosi (1931-2010) in 1972.
Manufacturer: Vistosi, Murano, Italy.
Other versions: No other versions of this Luciano Vistosi Nessa table lamp exists. Similar lamps were designed by Luciano and made by Vistosi, but they all have a different name.
This lamp was designed by Luciano Vistosi for Vistosi in Italy in 1972. It is made of hand blown crystal glass, in milky/white and clear glass. None of these lights are exactly the same. The Vistosi and Murano labels are still present. It is a striking piece, being very modern but also at the same time fully displaying the design of the 1960s and 1970s.
Described in 1000 Lights Taschen 2005 Vol.2, page 286.
Luciano Vistosi was born February 24th, 1931 on the Murano Island. He died in Venice on May 14th 2010.
“…At home, I rarely heard anyone speak of sculpture: we would only talk about painting. And yet, the forms were there: they were created every day in the furnace. I might say that I have always thought three-dimensionally, in a sculptural way.” (Luciano Vistosi, 2003)
The electric parts of this lamp were made by VLM Components from Buccinasco, near Milan, also in Italy.
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, Alessandro Pianon, Michele De Lucchi, Marco Zanuso, Vico Magistretti, Enrico Tronconi, Eleanore Peduzzi-Riva, Albert Leclerc, Alberto Meda, Liisi Meronen Beckmann and so on.
Luciano Vistosi designed several items for the company using the pseudonym Michael Red.
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 Vistosi, born 24 February 1930, dedicated himself to research and glass sculpture until his death (in Venice) on 14 Mai 2010.