Carlo Scarpa at Venini
Tessuto is one of a number of series envisioned by Carlo Scarpa during a time when war was overtaking Europe. Designed in 1940 and exhibited and the Biennale of that year, Tessuto pieces were initially made in very limited numbers as Venini was unable to effectively distribute glass outside of Italy during this period.
Tessuto stands as a vivid example of Carlo Scarpa’s ability to pre-vision stylistic trends long before they arrived.
Ultimately, this series was not put into production until after the war, when it was immediately recognized as an embodiment of the fresh, vibrant, graphic style that came to be associated with Venini glass of the 1950s. In this way, Tessuto stands as a vivid example of Carlo Scarpa’s ability to pre-vision stylistic trends long before they arrived.
Occasionally, Tessuto vessels were brought to another level of quality through Battuto carving. The piece presented here is a fine and rare example of this costly and time consuming process which gives the piece a subtle, faceted matte finish and adds another layer of visual complexity.