From the Catalogue:
The present model ceiling light was designed under the artistic direction of Tomaso Buzzi at Venini, circa 1933. The four bell-shaped shades were originally made in gold-shaded lattimo glass. However the present ceiling light features battuto glass shades, a technique introduced under the artistic direction of Carlo Scarpa in 1940. For that reason, we have chosen to present this “hybrid” piece as the work of Carlo Scarpa.
—Courtesy of Phillips
Manufacturer: Venini & Co., Murano, Italy
Franco Deboni, Venini Glass: Its History, Artists and Techniques, Catalogue 1921-2007, vol. 1, Turin, 2007, The Blue Catalogue (appendix), pl. 132
Marino Barovier and Carla Sonego, Tommaso Buzzi at Venini, exh. cat., Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 2014, p. 413 for a drawing
About Carlo Scarpa
Famed Italian architect Carlo Scarpa, best known for his subtle use of materials and light, was also a glass and furniture designer. Bringing together his love of materials and attention to detail, Scarpa’s furniture designs are elegantly subtle and share the same characteristics as his architecture in both language and style. Pieces such as Doge table (1969) demonstrate Scarpa’s treatment of furniture almost as a building; made from a drawn metal frame, the piece is held together with visible burnished screws and decorative brass inserts, with brushed satin surfaces lacquered over with protective transparent gloss. As with many of his works, Scarpa evokes a floating sensation gently positioning a glass table-top above the frame. Departing from the limits of Rationalism, Scarpa’s designs chose to highlight inner depth, phenomenology, and nostalgia.