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Vistosi Onion Pendant Lamp

Materials: Dark red hand blown Murano crystal glass. The inside is white (incamiciato). Bakelite socket with metal parts.

Cord Length: 100 cm / 39.37’’

Height: 34 cm / 13.38”

Width: ∅ 32 cm / 12.59”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But preferable a white/opaque or frosted one. Bright light bulbs cause streaks on the glass and therefore also on the walls.

Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Alessandro Pianon (1931 – 1984).

Manufacturer: Vistosi, Murano, Italy.

Other versions: Also made as table lamp and floor lamp. Made in many different sizes and colours.

Incamiciato: overlay lattimo glass (= milky looking glass) with a layer of transparent coloured glass.

Alessandro Pianon

Alessandro Pianon was born in Venice, Italy in 1931 where he died in 1984. He studied architecture at the Venice University. In 1956 he worked at Vistosi’s, designing its logo. In 1962 he opened his own design studio.

This spectacular hand blown bright onion shaped pendant lamp is characteristic of Alessandro’s design vocabulary: simple, geometric shapes and monochrome colours executed in the cased glass technique.

Alessandro Pianon designed this lamp in 1956, it was made for many years.

None of these lamps are identical and are all hand blown. This pendant lamp is an early edition: the 1950s – 1960s labels of Vistosi and Murano are present.


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 MagistrettiEnrico 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 AloxG2 and Triade. Today, the company still produces the most beautiful lamps, some of them old classics.

The sole survivor of the original founders, Lucianoborn 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:
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
Vistosi lamps on Vintageinfo
Murano lamps on Vintageinfo
Orange version of this Onion lamp on Vintageinfo

Vistosi Red Onion Pendant Lamp