Tomaso Buzzi at Venini
Tomaso Buzzi’s designs for Venini tend to fall into two categories: the surreal and the minimal. Buzzi’s surrealist pieces were largely inspired by the maverick architect, designer and publisher Gio Ponti, a close friend of Buzzi’s, who was a proponent of the surrealist style vis-a-vis Italian cultural and historic motifs. Buzzi’s minimalist work was inspired by Carlo Scarpa who, during Buzzi’s brief tenure, was also employed at Venini. Classical shapes drawn from Chinese ceramics were the inspiration for many of these designs, including the vase presented here. In this piece we see the use of Buzzi’s innovative Laguna glass atop a pale amber Incamiciato foot. This particular vase is one of only two known.