Venini Chandelier by Carlo Scarpa


Design: Carlo Scarpa


Venini Polyhedral Clear Glass Chandelier
Italy 1947


Venini was founded in 1921 in the Italian glass making capital of Murano-- in truth an island in the waters surrounding Venice. Venini is still active to this day producing high quality lighting and decorative objects for both individual collectors and major commercial projects. The Venini name is synonomous with great design, having worked with many major artists over the years including Gio Ponti, Carlo Scarpa, Ettore Sottsass, Fulvio Bianconi, and many others. Known originally as Cappellin Venini, the company hired the Italian painter Vittorio Zecchin to be its first art director in what proved to be the first of many wise moves made to quickly establish a reputation for excellence.

Early Venini glass reflects the "streamlined" Art Deco style which they helped to popularize, but Venini was known as a good place for artists to collaborate with Venetian glass artisans, free to pursue their own unique visions in glass with the help of Venini. Venini actively explored new glassmaking techniques, leading the Italian avant garde in moving beyond classic Murano glass blowing. In the 1950s, Venini was a pioneer introducing what today is known as mid-century modern design, especially lighting using glass in the colors of fifties modern. Venini designs are straightforward, clean, and simple, making a design statement with simple shapes and striking colors. Paolo Venini died in 1959, but his artistic tradition and his collaboration with talented artists of the time continues today in Murano.



Now the centrepiece of our new shop at 130 Shoreditch High Street London E1 6JE.

When the chandelier is on, the beautiful soft light is very subtle...







When the lights are off the chandelier still has a great presence....



We cleaned each precious and delicate hand-blown glass one by one.... before mounting over 300 of them back onto the framework of the light....






In the old tradition....




Marqueterie de Paille


We are currently showing some pieces for sale that celebrate the very old and little known decorative technique of straw marquetry or rather straw marquetry with a contemporary twist by Arthur Seigneur.

 The French Designer Maker Arthur Seigneur based in Paris...in his own words...

I was born in Paris, France in 1990. I grew up there with my father, who is an engraver artisan. During my childhood, I spent most of my time in his shop and the shops of other artisans. I decided this was the type of work I wanted to do after spending my years around others who could create beautiful items by hand. When I was 16 years old, I started an apprenticeship in a wood work school in Paris, there I won a competition as “Un des Meilleur Apprenti de France” (The Best Craftmen Apprentice in France). In and around Paris I worked in various shops including Reinhardt von Nagel - harpsichord maker, Michel Germond - high end furniture restoration and Serio Vittorio - high end furniture maker.    

After travelling around, I landed in New Orleans where I stayed and work for two years. I quickly fell in love with the city, the culture and the people. Surrounded by so much French history, I though about how I could bring my own “French touch” to New Orleans.

I was working with Heinz Gautschi in his mill shop when he gave me the opportunity to make my own project for the up coming Jazz Festival. I have always been amazed by “Marqueterie de Paille” (straw marquetry) and with my background of veneer marquetry, I wanted to give it a try, so I made a privacy screen with a traditional straw motif of a caricature of Ray Charles. Surprised by the overwhelming response by the people, I was pushed to enter a contest with my co-worker, where we made a Bar, designed with two salvaged fireplaces and fine straw detailing. It was an interesting project and thankfully, we won first place at the “Green Project Salvage Furniture”.


I returned to Paris after my visa expired and went to see Lison de Caune, the most renowned Straw Marquetrist in the world. In her shop I honed my skills and reached the decision to start my own project -. making furniture and up-styling salvaged furniture and always incorporating straw into each piece.....

Space Invader Screen. A tri-fold panel screen illustrated on both sides - advancing and exploding. 


An up-cycled vintage side table with a Straw Marquetry top...




A vintage trolley with a new look...

A new creative collaboration.....Cut and Straw: Pirate ships battle on the waves...







Home and Antiques Magazine August 2014


Our salvaged hardware shop drawers are featured in the August issue of Homes and Antiques Magazine. 

A practical and rugged bank of drawers in a good original colour with hardware as found. They were scratch built from old floorboards to provide the storage for the many bits and pieces for sale in a hardware shop. After restoration the carcass is solid and the drawers running smoothly. 

We have a couple of banks available with others currently undergoing refurbishment. Please get in touch for further details - shop@elemental.uk.com.



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