Two characteristics distinguish the Murano glass company AVMazzega, now called Mazzega 1946.
The first is that their catalogue contains examples of every significant style of Venetian light. They do contemporary glass, such as the cleanly detailed Mirror pendant, with its mirrored, semi-translucent finish, that comes in three sizes (Ø14cm, Ø25cm, and Ø40cm).
The small one looks great in rows over a bar:
The simple, elegant Forme pendant (and table light, and ceiling light) comes in two (larger) sizes, Ø33cm and Ø49cm:
Stand Up (H178cm) is one of several tall, slim floor lights than can be clustered to brighten a dark corner, as here:
or they can animate a corridor:
Air can is a neat design, in two sizes (H33cm or H47cm)…
…that you can treat like a bucket of light, carrying it to wherever you need it:
But you are also going to be particularly thrilled by their vintage designs, some the real thing, others designed more recently.
This is Bios (which is also at the top of this post):
But AVMazzega are from Murano, so of course they do multi-arm chandeliers! A spectacular rezzonico, for example:
Or something smaller – Ca' Pesaro:
Or more contemporary Melissa…
…with shades if you prefer. This is Atlanta...
...and this is Richmond:
From a practical point of view, there are designs with different overall shapes, to suit various spaces. For example, Octopus is very shallow and therefore suited to our lower, English ceilings:
We particularly like Jackline – plain, but not too plain, thanks to those coloured spirals:
There are plenty of table lights, floor lights and wall lights in AVMazzega's catalogue (so not just chandeliers, then!), including the elegant, sophisticated Ca’Donà:
AVMazzega also have an impressive record when comes to custom feature pieces – here at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris:
Or this, in Wexford:
Or this, for Boutiques Catherine Malandrino:
The second reason to work with AVMazzega is because of the seminal rôle that the company played in the development of the lighting of today. About fifty years ago, a young Carlo Nason joined them and suggested that new kinds of glass light would be possible. The result was an amazing period of fertility that changed the design of lights for ever. One example of his work will have to suffice: Sixty, dating from 1971. A collection of glass C-shaped hooks that are knobbly (to pick up the light)…
…that can be hung on a metal structure to create light fittings of many kinds…