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.