Many people have claimed to be the designer of the Fazzoletto, or handkerchief vase, but the commonly held belief is that it was co-designed by Fulvio Bianconi and Paolo Venini between 1948 and 1950. The Fazzoletto went on to become the symbol of Venini during the post war years; its free-flowing form was a perfect canvas for all the varied colors and techniques of the growing Venini repertoire, and its sinuous lines captured the lively optimism of a world reinventing itself.

Fulvio Bianconi 1915–1996

Born in Padua in 1915, Fulvio Bianconi initially rose to prominence as an illustrator, graphic designer and caricaturist working for Italy’s top companies during the 1930s. Designing for big names like Fiat, Pathé and Pirelli, Bianconi employed his passion for drawing as the creative mind behind one of Italy’s most prestigious publishing houses, Garzanti for over 30 years. However, it is perhaps his post-war collaboration with Paolo Venini and experimentation with glass which best defines his legacy as an artist.