Grete Korsmo

for Venini

The Norwegian jewelry designer Grete Korsmo was well known for her work with enamel and silver and won several medals of honor in the Milan Triennale exhibitions of 1954 and 1957. As a freelance journalist writing about art and design, Korso encountered Paolo Venini and a fruitful, but sadly short-lived collaboration began. Working closely with the master blowers at Venini, Korso created works composed of murrine and sliced canes. The glass elements were assembled at the important Norwegian goldsmith firm, J. Tostrup. Necklaces and pendants of various forms were to be exhibited in 1959, however the untimely death of Paolo Venini that year put an end to the project. While never shown, the series was illustrated in Domus, October, 1959.