Carlo Zen

Italian, 1851–1918

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Carlo Zen

Italian, 1851–1918

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At the turn of the 20th century, Carlo Zen was the owner of the largest furniture workshop in Milan. Under his direction the firm created ornate pieces in the Stile Floreale, the Italian version of Art Nouveau. Like Art Nouveau in France, Zen’s Italian style showcased luxurious handcraft and materials like inlaid metal threads, mother of pearl, brass, and gold leaf. A typical piece from Zen’s workshop would feature sensually curving wooden lines decorated with Asian-inspired flowers or exotic motifs like inlaid palm trees and a gold leaf sun. His son, Piero Zen, was also a furniture designer.

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At the turn of the 20th century, Carlo Zen was the owner of the largest furniture workshop in Milan. Under his direction the firm created ornate pieces in the Stile Floreale, the Italian version of Art Nouveau. Like Art Nouveau in France, Zen’s Italian style showcased luxurious handcraft and materials like inlaid metal threads, mother of pearl, brass, and gold leaf. A typical piece from Zen’s workshop would feature sensually curving wooden lines decorated with Asian-inspired flowers or exotic motifs like inlaid palm trees and a gold leaf sun. His son, Piero Zen, was also a furniture designer.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more