Fabio Fornasier was born in Venice, Italy on the 16th of August 1963. He learned glassmaking in his father Luigi’s glassworks where he demonstrated his talent for design and an innate ability to transform glass into awe-inspiring art chandeliers. He became a Master Glassmaker at a very young age, opened his own glassworks on the Venetian island of Murano and started creating refined antique and modern chandeliers that immediately stood out for their innovative design.
Inquisitive by nature and drawn to different inspirations, he taught at many glass and design schools, such as the Royal College of Art in London, the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington DC, the Abate Zanetti Glass School on Murano, and others in France and Denmark. An exacting aesthete and multi-faceted artist, he took the traditional Venetian artisan techniques, with which he had become intimately familiar, and pushed them to the limit, ultimately experimenting with audacious, innovative shapes. Awards and praise flooded in from early on in his career.
Fabio’s relationship with contemporary art lies behind the creative work that has led to LU Murano: experimenting with creative processes in different fields is an integral part of his background and the continuous evolution of his work. Fornasier has personally taken part in art exhibitions, performances and workshops, either as an artist or performer, alongside the most interesting names on the contemporary art scene, as part of international art and design exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale, Aperto Vetro, Vitraria, the Cheongju Biennale in Korea, Milan Design Week, and in galleries in Italy, Europe, North America and Asia.
The LU Murano chandelier came about in 2004 and marked both a culmination and starting point of the brand’s new path. It was exhibited for the first time at the international show by Rosa Barovier Mentasti organized by the IVSLA Veneto arts and sciences institute and held in Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, a Venetian palace on the banks of the Grand Canal. Entirely hand blown, lit with oil and completely transparent so as not to impede the view of the altar frescoes, the chandelier is unique and revolutionary in concept yet, at the same time, stands as testimony to the age-old Venetian glass tradition: craftsmanship of the highest level meets contemporary art. Multiplied over the years into countless colours and shapes, LU Murano is Fabio Fornasier’s alter-ego: in motion, evolving, unique.
Fabio Fornasier interviewed by the Cologni Foundation21 March 2018
LU Murano at Majson & Objet Paris28 January 2011
LU Murano chandeliers, between art and design19 January 2011
New LU Murano chandeliers at the Hotel and Spa Design 201014 November 2010
Simplicity is an art. LU Murano, exclusivity and imagination in a limited edition.1 November 2010