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Venini, collection Acqua - limited edition by Michela Cattai

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apanese culture on one hand and on the other, traditional Italian craftsmanship. Thanks to this union, the artist Michela Cattai has designed a line of vases and bowls in hand-blown glass, made by Murano master glass makers. This limited-edition of one-of-a-kind pieces transforms everyday life into an artistic experience.

 

  • What is it Acqua e Contrasto by Venini, a limited-edition for 2019 in hand-blown Murano glass.
  • What is special One-of-a-kind pieces in hand-blown glass, made by Murano master glass makers and inspired by the traditional tea ritual. By combining the influences of two different cultures, the artist Michela Cattai emphasises this unique manufacturing technique, focusing on a tactile and chromatic experience intrinsically linked to water that transforms scrap glass into decorative gems. All the pieces of the collection were part of the exhibition Ridefinire la tradizione: l’arte contemporanea del vetro veneziano, held at the Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo, in May 2019 with the support of the Italian Embassy of Japan.
  • How is it made The collection includes vases and bowls in hand-blown glass, made by Murano master glass makers. The nuances and the etchings are inspired by water and besides, as the glass cools down it assumes different shapes and forms. The vases of the range Contrasto are embellished with gems that are made from scrap glass. In a perfect union of tradition and innovation, these one-of-a-kind pieces combine the Japanese tea ritual and the traditional manufacturing skills of the Venetian glass makers.  
  • Who is it by The Milanese artist Michela Cattai studied in Venice, cultivating her passion for glass. She’s the artistic director of Galleria Michela Cattai, started in 1992 and situated in the heart of Brera, Milan. Besides, she strives to promote Italian culture from the fifties and the sixties to create a dialogue that combines art, craftsmanship and design. Intrinsically linked to the city of Venice, Michela has personally experimented with hand-blown glass, entering her work in several exhibitions on the subject such as Ridefinire la tradizione: l’arte contemporanea del vetro veneziano, recently held in Tokyo.
  • We have chosen it because… This collectionrepresents afruitful union between different cultures. It reinterprets the traditional art of Muran glass making in a contemporary way, celebrating the beauty and harmony of everyday life with unique and evocative objects.

 

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