PRECISION AND MANUAL ART

Murano Glass, blown, sculped and polished by hand

The Mandruzzato family has developed a particular style to the traditional and unique blown, printed and polished Murano glass.

The brand that identifies us is the result of the precision craftsmanship of the cold carving of Murano crystal; we have enriched our ideas in collaboration with great architects and artists as Pablo Picasso, Marx Chagall, Marc Ernst, Karim Rashid and exhibited in the world’s best galleries such as Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf&Goodman, John Salibello, Christian Dior, Armani, Fendi, Ajmal Parfume Dubai, Flair Firenze, Mogul L.A. etc.

view of venice from a gondola

Our Family Legacy

My family has been crafting decorative accents for decades now. And I couldn’t be any prouder or any more enthusiastic to carry on a family tradition that has been passed down generation after generation.

The age-old tale of our company all begins with my great-grandfather, Benjamin Mandruzzato. He himself founded the family business back in 1934 and then taught my grandfather, Luigi Mandruzzato the carving and styling techniques he would use. Luigi Mandruzzato proceeded to raise his own son with the in-depth knowledge he obtained from his father, and the rest is history.

My father, Gianfranco Mandruzzato, had the opportunity to work on projects for global phenomenons like Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Max Ernst. His expertise and his once-in-a-lifetime experiences inspired him to begin creating unique geometric designs that were unlike any others at the time.

Ever since I was a young boy growing up in Italy, I knew I would one day have a career in glass grinding. After all, I was set to one day take over the family business. While children were not permitted to be near the fire, the diamond wheels or the drills, I was intrigued by them early on as I would watch my family harmoniously produce amazingly beautiful pieces out of the finest Murano glass.

To sharpen and refine my carving skills as a professional artisan, I took part in rigorous training and various workshops. Once my training was completed by 2000, I decided to fuse together my newly learned skills along with my family traditions to go forward and make a name for myself as an independent sculptor. This is when I began mixing mediums with the Murano Glass to give it a contemporary flair, including wood, stainless steel and a variety of precious metals.

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by Beniamino Mandruzzato 1878 – 1954

The Murano Glass Sixties collection is the result of several years of research, capturing the charm of past creations without appearing old-fashioned.

Inspired by exuberant Venetian gardens, these decorative mouth-blown pieces are hand-sculpted by Master Beniamino Mandruzzato and his son Luigi Mandruzzato. The Mandruzzato family has worked with Murano glass for more than four generations. The artisanal works are always painted with traditional Venetian decorations, on the vases, chandeliers, plates, and bowls. Beniamino Mandruzzato selects any changes for the new works and has developed the Moleria technique with his son Luigi.

The skill of Alessandro Mandruzzato’s great-grandfather Beniamino showcases his unique personality in the handmade decoration of “everything” on the sides of the glasses, bowls, or centerpieces. These are a real technical feat, taking about 28 hours of work for each piece in the collection. The collection is the result of several years of research, capturing the charm of past creations without appearing old-fashioned. Tradition and avant-garde are reconciled in the same style.

Today, Beniamino’s great-grandson Alessandro Mandruzzato fuses aspects of baroque design with the stylized forms of the Mandruzzato family in the Sixties Collection.

Murano Glass 1970 Collection

by Luigi Mandruzzato 1910- 1978

A large part of vintage 70s Murano Glass signed Mandruzzato was inspired by the advances of the first world war, the United States was the country whose music, literature, and lifestyle made it synonymous with modernity in the eyes of the world.

As a tribute to all these symbols, Luigi Mandruzzato called this Patron Art Deco “America.” And together with his father Beniamino Mandruzzato, he decided  to venture into the improvement of the Moleria technique by incorporating simple forms, such as rectangles and squares, thus creating fascinating light and shadows while maintaining the painting style. Since his father was the seventh generation of Murano glass painters, he decided to investigate new styles, discovering the old technique of Moleria in Murano glass and making ceiling lamps, vases, ashtrays, and lighters filled with angular cornets, beveled edges, and pure lines into designs inspired by the architecture of the thirties.

Today, Alessandro Mandruzzato blends Art Deco America designs with the stylized forms of the Mandruzzato family in the Vertice Collection.

Discovering the old technique of Moleria in Murano glass and making ceiling lamps, vases, ashtrays, and lighters filled with angular cornets, beveled edges, and pure lines into designs inspired by Patron Art Deco “America”.

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Murano Glass 1980 Collection

by Gianfranco Mandruzzato 1939 – 2020

The work of his father Luigi, who passed away prematurely, continues and finds himself managing the family business at a young age.

Through Costantini’s Fucina Degli Angeli, he has the great opportunity to finish some sculptures by the great artist Pablo Picasso, later by other artists such as Chagall and Ernst.

Murano Glass 1980 Collection saw the production of  Gianfranco’s designs. Tulipano, Goccia and San Marco, become iconic vases well-known in the glass factories and shops of Murano and Venice in the 80s.

Participates in the first international fairs in Milan, in the 70s / 80s and always an accomplice of Murano glass associations.


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