Carlo Scarpa Murano

Beyond the Architect: Carlo Scarpa and Murano Glass

Carlo Scarpa was an Italian architect, born and trained in Venice, where many of his most notable works - such as the Olivetti Showroom - can still be found. He had a great passion for detail within architecture and was also a glass and furniture designer with an exceptional understanding of raw materials.

Even before Scarpa began his career as an architect, he preferred to study with the master glass workers of Murano (one of the islands in the Venetian lagoon) rather than follow the traditional path of academia. From 1933 to 1947, he was artistic director of Venini - one of the most prominent producers of Venetian glass. Devoting himself to the technical study of construction techniques and the use of materials, his work surpassed the creative limitations implicit in them, designing works meant to elude time whilst using the vivid colours of the past.

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