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Vi The “divine” chandelier

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VI chandelier is made up of 180 Franciacorta wine bottles that were cut down and hot-worked in the glassworks to be transformed by Venetian Master Glassmaker Fabio Fornasier into the component parts of a grand Rezzonico chandelier.

A work of art that, with each element, conveys artistic creation and the slow, tiring work of the artisan. Designed to celebrate the kinship between wine and the pure material in which it is held – glass – Vi is a chandelier commissioned by the Antica Fratta wine firm produced with bottle glass.

Art and design for two age-old Italian artistic traditions: the Venetian blown glass technique and the art of winemaking. A work of art that, with each element, conveys artistic creation and the slow, tiring work of the artisan.

Designed to celebrate the kinship between wine and the pure material in which it is held – glass – Vi is a chandelier commissioned by the Antica Fratta wine firm produced with bottle glass.

The collaboration between the Master Glassmaker from Murano and Antica Fratta is a meeting of like minds: the artwork is wonderfully successful in espousing the theme of the exhibition that the winery puts on every year, an exhibition focussed on “artistic, historic, industrial” glass pieces.

“Vi” is historic in its Venetian heritage, artistic as only a piece bearing the “made in Murano” label can be, and as industrial as the raw material it is made from, namely bottle glass. With this project, Antica Fratta enter the world of glassmaking, the expressive medium closest to their own product.

The first example of Vi was presented at the 2006 edition of the Venice Biennale of Architecture. A year later a work of art similar in concept but different in size was displayed at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale (South Korea), where it was awarded with third prize. In 2011 it was displayed at the Riga’s Glasstress, in the Riga Bourse Art Museum.

This year, at Milan’s Salone del Mobile 2015 (home furnishing expo), Vi – The Divine Chandelier – will leave the museum context for the first time to be presented to the public at large.

Vi, together with the LU Murano chandelier collection and other artworks by Maestro Fabio Fornasier, has been chosen to illuminate the Viganò furniture stand (Pavilion 2, stand 35) for the full duration of the event.

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