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Simplicity is an art. LU Murano, exclusivity and imagination in a limited edition.

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A medley of air and fire. A medley of transparency, style, creativity that, while spawned by tradition, breaks the traditional mould to assert itself as an innovative concept of prestige, partly through the use of “unusual” materials.

We’re talking about the chandelier LU, that exclusive entity whose simplicity is concentrated in that essence of light and luxury. 100 pieces a year for a select few. And a price that sets the seal on its absolute added value, becoming a distinguishing trait.

An involuntary marketing operation for all intents and purposes but one that was immediately popular worldwide.

Starting the day Fornasier, in a fully frescoed Austrian church, lit the wick of the impressive oil chandelier, marking the real fusion between the historic nature of an almost forgotten action, the Venetian glass-working technique and the experimental bent of a sui generis artist.

I’m not swimming against the tide. I simply believe in and ride the wave of new ideas. The more complex a Venetian glass creation is, the more beautiful it is considered: the way I see it, the more simplified an object’s manufacture, the more difficult it becomes. Because it’s hard to devise.

And so the concept according to Fabio Fornasier took the international audience by storm. One of the most exciting moments was winning the first prize at the Venice Biennale in 1996, in the young glass artists section and, in 2007, securing a podium place at the Cheongju Biennale in Korea, out of 1000 contenders. Not to mention that, in 2006, he was the first glassmaker from Murano in many years to also be invited to the Architecture Biennale.

Fabio Fornasier took 180 Franciacorta wine bottles and used traditional methods to fashion them into an original high-design piece: Vi The “divine” chandelier.

Now more than ever what makes something successful is the idea: as prestigious as it may be, the material no longer makes the artist.

Meanwhile, he can look to the future with the strength of a registered decorative design patent, awaiting only to be revealed when the time is right.

by Chiara Marsceglia, published in November 2010 in the CODICE CD supplement in collaboration with Italian business paper Il Sole 24 Ore.