The goal of ARCHEO VENICE DESIGN is to select the designs of objects from Venetian museum collections. While conserving the charm of their history, both aesthetic and functional elements are easily introduced in a contemporary context.
ARCHEO VENICE DESIGN, introduces the Mariano Fortuny inspired-design, originally conceived in silk, in Murano glass. The material by its very nature allows illumination while maintaining the original fascinating effects.
ARCHEO VENICE DESIGN has carried out rigorous technical research in order to reproduce these objects that are likewise durable over time.
Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (1871 – 1949)
Born in 1871, Mariano Fortuny moved to Paris after his father’s death to live with his uncle, Raymondo de Madrazo, along with his mother and sister.
It was in Paris where Fortuny was first introduced to the world of art and theater.
In 1889 he moved to Venice with his family to attend the Accademia di Belle Arti. His interests soon shifted towards painting in such an environment.
In 1896 he received his first award for his paintings exhibition in Munich, but his primary interest was in theater.
Fortuny executed numerous set designs and registered patents concerning indirect lighting systems, and the dome that would carry his name in 1904.
Assisted by his wife, Enriette, they devised a system in which they could print on fabric and follow the pleats plissè of the silk. During the same period of activity he began to produce lamps in decorative silk, initiating studio production that culminated in the opening of a factory on the Giudecca in 1919 as well as showrooms in Paris and London.
An exhibition of Mariano Fortuny’s designs opened in Barce1ona in 1923, giving particular prominence to his fabrics and silk lamps. From this point forward Mariano Fortuny’s designs were made famous by numerous exhibitions and cultural activity, which brought him prominence in the European art world in addition to the other side of the Atlantic.
In 1925 the lamps of Mariano Fortuny were apart of the the “Trajes Regionales” exhibition in Madrid.
In the following years Fortuny was nominated as a committee member of the Venice Biennale, awarded the silver medal for his work with the Spanish Ministry of Labor, appointed as Honorary Vice Console of Spain, and made a member of the Ateneo Veneto.
The activity of Mariano Fortuny, however was interrupted during the crisis of 1929, thus his work would continue only with alternating periods of activity until the beginning of the Second World War. Due to such wartime difficulties and Fortuny’s deteriorating health, his work declined until his death in 1949.
ARCHEO VENICE DESIGN invented the technical means for glass production of these lamps inspired by the designs of Mariano Fortuny. While maintaining the formal aspect of the original designs of Museo Fortuny ARCHEO VENICE DESIGN utilizes different materials.
Through experimentation of heatformed materials in relationship to the decorative glass, ARCHEO VENICE DESIGN has obtained results, which allow the company to obtain the industrial patent due to the substantial difference in material. (Press Office Archeo Venice Design)
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