Among the most rare and complex techniques designed by Paolo Venini in the 1950s, Mosaico Tessuto vessels have become some of the most desirable. Inspired by fabric design, the Mosaico Tessuti (literally, mosaic of fabric) demonstrate Paolo Venini’s ability to achieve dynamic visual effects by reimagining earlier Venetian stylistic conventions.
Venini’s choice to construct vessels in minimal forms composed of glass tesserae arranged in crisscross patterns speaks to his knowledge of contemporary art and design. It should also be noted that these Mosaico Tessuto vessels would not have been possible without the highest level of technical craftsmanship. Paolo Venini’s unique relationship with his designers and master craftsmen created an environment in which new glass forms and techniques seemed to evolve and appear almost organically from the Venini furnaces.
Designed at the height of his creative powers, the Mosaico Tessuto vases can rightly be considered among the greatest achievements in Paolo Venini’s fertile life as a glass designer.