The story of Unity is a story of the unification of cultures and craft. Thorpe has dedicated his life to use design as a means of connection, describing his philosophy as relational design. The story of Unity for Venini is a story of Thorpe’s travels around the world, particularly Senegal West Africa and Murano Italy. It was in Dakar that Thorpe discovered the beauty of African craftsmanship and culture. The concept to combine the time honored glass craft of Venini with the unique techniques and artisanal approach of weaving in Senegal would be symbolic of our shared humanity and pay tribute to the artisans. The collection for Venini is a celebration of the unification and humanity of cultures.
Venini | Unity
The story of Unity is a story of the unification of cultures and craft. Thorpe has dedicated his life to use design as a means of communication, describing his ethos as relational design. The story of Unity for Venini is the story of Thorpe’s travels around the world, particularly Dakar, Senegal and Murano, Italy. Thorpe has worked in Italy for the past 20 years, collaborating with his friends and partners and through his collaboration and passion for design in Italy, it would lead him to explore the African continent. It was in West African country of Senegal that Thorpe discovered the beauty of African culture and craftsmanship. The concept to combine the time honored glass craft of Venini with the unique techniques and artisanal approach of weaving in Senegal would be symbolic of our shared humanity and pay tribute to the artisans and their respected countries. The Unity collection for Venini is a celebration of our shared humanity.
VENINI’s story is a journey of art, design and passion for glass creations. Research, experimentation and artisan wisdom translate into evading the traditional rules, opening up to the artistic avant-garde, mastering decorative techniques, thanks to the contribution of the island’s finest glass masters. Back in 1921, VENINI & C. built the foundations of the stylistic identity which still distinguishes it today. Great forerunner of contemporaneity, even in the early years of its innovation, the brand worked with artists, architects and designers from all over the world. Alongside original artistic production, new product categories emerge, such as the famous chandeliers, often destined for large public and private works.
VENINI arrived in the 21st century with a wealth of creative and production experience, making it the “go-to” brand for the most extraordinary handmade blown glass designs. Each creation has a story which makes it completely unique and “memorable”, this is the beauty of working with great interpreters of design. Artistic collaborations with a series of major names have played and will continue to play their part in refreshing and extending the existing range. Venini has worked with Carlo Scarpa, Gio Ponti, Massimo Vignelli, Gaetano Pesce, Toni Zuccheri, Tapio Wirkkala, Tobia Scarpa, Ettore Sottsass, Gae Aulenti, Alessandro Mendini, Timo Sarpaneva, Claudio Silvestrin, Mario Bellini, Emmanuel Babled, Giorgio Vigna, Ben Jakober and Yannick Vu, Rodolfo Dordoni, Mimmo Rotella, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Barber & Osgerby, Fabio Novembre, Tadao Ando, Monica Guggisberg and Philip Baldwin, Atelier Oï, Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas, Aldo Cibic and Luca Nichetto to name just a few.