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MURANO GLASS MASTERS & DESIGNERS: VEVE GLASS

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One of the wonderful things that has transpired over the past several years is that design, like many other industries, is truly global and you can conduct business with suppliers all over the world.  Being as eclectic as I am in my taste, I often welcome meeting with design companies who have sent their representatives to New York City looking  to introduce their products to the huge design market that exists here. Such it was that I had the great pleasure to meet the owners of Vévé Glass, and have the opportunity to see their fabulous collection of Murano glass products up front and personal in my very own office!

 

GAIL & DANIEL & THE VEVE TEAMIN OUR OFFICE

GAIL & DANIEL & THE VEVE TEAM IN OUR OFFICE

 

Vévé is a merging of the talents of two master glassmakers, Paolo Birello and Marco Scaramuzza. Located near Venice, the company specializes in making architectural glass that can be incorporated into contract and residential projects.   They are particularly known for their stunning abstract glass murals which frequently incorporate silver and gold as part of the glass design.

 

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Vévé  has the capability to design custom glass  panels to clad the walls of any space imaginable, including round columns and furnishings. I was particularly taken by their unique room divider called the “RGB Curtain.”  This is a curtain of different colored glass circles that hangs from the ceiling and can be the perfect way to divide two areas of a space.  I am really loving this…so chic and contemporary…and am wishing I had only known about it for a project I finished last year!

 

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They also make “to die for” bowls and dishes and art pieces for display as well as sculptural lights.  Many of these come in oversized versions which are particularly dramatic and appealing and just so Italian!

 

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The techniques they use vary from etching to engraving, to a rediscovered technique of fusing glass pieces together, much as a mosaic would be created.  Vévé also utilizes  ancient Venetian techniques  from the 15th and 16th centuries such as filigree…colored glass threads covered in crystal… plus they create “murrinas,” which   you may know as millefiori and incorporate zanfirico, reticello and milled glass…all classic glassmaking techniques…into their production.  You should definitely go to their website ( Vévé site) and read more about these various techniques  if you want to understand the difference between them and become more of a Murano glass expert.

 

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I’ve always loved Murano glass.  Visiting a glass factory when you are in Venice is undoubtedly a must do for one and all. When you think about how many centuries the master glassmakers have been delighting us with exotic pieces of Murano glass it is really amazing.  AND I would have to say that the modern pieces are as outstanding in their execution and beauty as are the old.

 

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BTW, here is a video…in Italian, but with subtitles…giving you a little bit of a personal tour of the Vévé factory and product line:

 

 

Now I have to decide which one I want in my house. Let me know which one you want!

 

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Ciao, ciao ’til next time!

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NUSA FURNITURE: MODERN LIFESTYLE…SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

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MOROTAI TABLE

 

The best thing that happens when you decide to finally clean out a bookshelf or closet in your office is that you always discover some small catalogue that got shoved behind the bigger, fatter catalogues and you go, “Oh, I completely forgot about this!”  Just love when Continue Reading…

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GARGOYLES! GARGOYLES! GARGOYLES!

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Gargoyles!  They are the sacred monsters one sees jutting out of medieval buildings and churches and castles all over Europe. I really never quite knew what they symbolized. Wild, Continue Reading…

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ONE CONCEPT…ONE GREAT PRODUCT: FORMATIONS COLLECTION BY J SCHATZ

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Formation Wall Tiles in Bright White

 

 

This is a short but very cool story today. Every once and a while you see some great design idea that has been created by a product designer and you have to yell out “Hip Hip Hooray” as it seems so clever and beautifully designed.  Such it is with Continue Reading…

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DISCOVERING CONTEMPORARY INTERIOR DESIGN IN MUMBAI

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Beautiful epoxy floors and furniture from Cassina adorn this chic Mumbai apartment.

 

One can’t have spent a month in India without commenting on the state of interior design there today.  At first glance I would say Continue Reading…

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A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE: “FOODIES DAY OUT” IN MADURAI!

 

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Dinner served on large leaves with newspaper for napkins!

 

Indian food is something you you either like or dislike.  It is full of all kinds of wonderful spices and unusual breads and exotic tastes that Continue Reading…

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ARCHITECTURAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM MY TRIP TO SOUTHERN INDIA

 

Looking out the window of the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, the first morning in India

Looking out the window of the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, the first morning in India

 

I must confess I have just returned from a long adventure to the south of India.  It was a trip I had been dreaming of for a long time. With a BIG BIRTHDAY on the horizon, my dear husband jumped on board and  plans were made. Before I knew it Continue Reading…

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THE TOP 5 MOST DEZIGNLICIOUS POSTS FROM 2014

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Ah, once again, another year draws to a close and seems to have passed quicker than a blink!

The year 2014 has been a great year dezign-wise and travel-wise.  I have completed several design projects, of which I am quite proud  and have traveled Continue Reading…

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A WONDERFUL DISCOVERY: THE MULTI-TALENTED VICTOR SCHRECKENGOST

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VICTOR SCHRECKENGOST, THE AMERICAN DA VINCI

 

Today’s post is about someone you just must familiarize yourself with if you have any interest in the world of design. I unearthed an article about him while rifling through my “must write about this!” stack of papers near my desk. I can’t help Continue Reading…

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MY FABULOUS ENCOUNTER WITH THE TALENTED JIM ZIVIC!

 

JIM ZIVIC

JIM ZIVIC

 

Okay, so I am out on a dezign-hunt with a favorite client/friend of mine…Jane Koryn…and we are looking for fabulous furniture for her apartment.  We decide to treat ourselves to a visit to the showroom of Ralph Pucci, which is located downtown in NYC. Pucci’s  showroom is

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