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Tomaso Buzzi

Tomaso Buzzi (Italy, 1900-1981)

Architect, urban planner, glass, furniture and landscape designer, and interior decorator — Tomaso Buzzi was a 20th-century renaissance man. Buzzi, along with his frequent collaborator Gio Ponti, led Italy’s Novecento Milanese movement of the 1920s and ‘30s — an approximate equivalent to France’s Art Deco movement. While Buzzi is prized for chairs, tables and other furnishings that modernized the majestic lines of 18th-century designs, he is best known for the remarkable, jewel-toned glassware he produced in a two-year stint as the artistic director of the Venini glassworks on the Venetian island of Murano.


     Buzzi was born in 1900 in the town of Sondrio in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. He studied at the Milan Polytechnic, and soon after he graduated joined a lively Milanese decorative arts scene. In 1927, he and Ponti joined fellow designers Paolo Venini and Michele Marelli to form a design collaborative called Il Labirinto (the Labyrinth), Italy’s answer to the Wiener Werkstätte. In 1932, when Venini's glass company lost the design services of the sculptor Napoleone Martinuzzi, who left to start his own factory, he turned to Buzzi. The young architect’s careful study of lighting design and a love for experimentation yielded major innovations in Murano glass fixtures. The forms of his wares were inspired by sources from antiquity as diverse as Persian urns and animal-shaped Etruscan jugs. Buzzi developed a complex glass-layering method that produced deep, glowing pastel colors that ran from pink to peach, to sea-green and slate blue.


     Buzzi furniture has a noteworthy elegance and nobility. Delicate chairs with arrow-shaped backs and elaborate burled wood armoires are typical of his aesthetic, and would add a sophisticated note to any room, modern or traditional. And an exemplary piece of Buzzi’s vibrant, lustrous glassware would merit a place of honor in every design collection.


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Tomaso Buzzi for Venini Vase in Purple and Lattimo Glass, circa 1932
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A purple Venini vase with lattimo inlay and glass base and ring on the neck. designed by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini, circa 1932. Murano Italy, model number 3473, no signature identifiab...
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Early 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tomaso Buzzi

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Art Glass

Italian Bar Cabinet by Tomaso Buzzi in Wood and Brass, Verified Archive
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Milano, IT
Rare and magnificent bar cabinet designed by Tomaso Buzzi, circa 1930. Verified by the Tomaso Buzzi foundation archive. The cabinet was designed on commission by a private Milanese h...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Brass

Tomaso Buzzi for Venini Vase
By Tomaso Buzzi, Venini
Located in New York, NY
“Incamiciato” vase by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini, 1933-1984. Designed in the 1930s this example was executed in 1984. Cased-glass vase of mauve exterior and white interior. Hand blown f...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tomaso Buzzi

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Glass

Model No. B-30 Floor Lamp by Franco Buzzi for Oluce
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Model No. B-30 floor lamp by Franco Buzzi for Oluce. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1950s. Enameled metal, brass, marble base. Original cord. We recommend one E27 100w max...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Marble, Metal, Brass

Two Rare Pendants by Tomaso Buzzi
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Two rare pendants by Tomaso Buzzi. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1950s. Enameled metal, brass. Rewired for U.S. standards. Original canopy. We recommend four E27 75w maxi...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Brass, Metal

Tomaso Buzzi Pair of Burr Walnut Display Cabinets Bookcases, Italy, circa 1929
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
Tomaso Buzzi pair of burr walnut display cabinets bookcases, Italy, circa 1929 Tomaso Buzzi a magnificent pair of rare and important Ferrara burr root walnut cabinets circa 1929, ...
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1920s European Art Deco Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Walnut

Vase by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini, Italy 1930's
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in New York, NY
Rose-colored baluster-shaped glass vase with gold fleck inclusions throughout, raised on a clear and gold glass base. Similar model pictured in Marc Heiremans’ Murano Glass” page 43 ...
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1940s Italian Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Blown Glass

Tomaso Buzzi Sconces for Venini
By Tomaso Buzzi, Venini
Located in New York, NY
Early pair of sconces by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini. Single arm sconces with interior painted metal supports, and brass mounts. Each arm wrapped with ribbed glass covering. Single Ediso...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Brass

Tomaso Buzzi Bottle with Cup
By Tomaso Buzzi, Venini
Located in New York, NY
Tomaso Buzzi for Venini Lidded bottle with cup. Lattimo glass, clear and white with gold painted foot to both pieces. Designed by Buzzi in 1932 and presented at the 18th century Veni...
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1930s Italian Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Glass

Tomaso Buzzi Murano Glass Italian Vase Aqua Green Venini, 1992
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Paris, FR
Large jacketed Murano glass vase designed by Tomaso Buzzi. The original round label, "MURANO MADE IN ITALY VENINI," is on the body and the base has the small full acid-etched signa...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Tomaso Buzzi

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Glass

Tomaso Buzzi Sconces for Venini
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Rovereta, SM
Early four of sconces by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini.
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Brass

Tomaso Buzzi Rare Rustic Table with Certified, 1928
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Milano, IT
Sandblasted oak, the only example made for the house R. 1928. Accompanied by a “Certificate of Authenticity” from the Buzzi archive and a letter from the project written by the autho...
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1920s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Wood

Rare Pair of Armchairs by Tomaso Buzzi
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Milan, IT
Mid 1930s armchairs by Tomaso Buzzi. Literature and provenance available upon request.
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1930s Italian Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Chandelier by Tommaso Buzzi, Produzione Donzelli
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in London, GB
Pair of chandelier by Tommaso Buzzi - Produzione Donzelli, 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Tomaso Buzzi

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Brass

Three Chandeliers with Brass and Metal Structure, Tommaso Buzzi by Donzelli
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in London, GB
Three chandeliers with brass and metal structure, Tommaso Buzzi by Donzelli.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Tomaso Buzzi

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Brass

Italian Mid Century Modern Venini White Glass Vase by Tomaso Buzzi, 1983
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
"Incamiciato" Italian art glass vase by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini. Stunning white glass in original Venini box and with "Certificate of Authenticity."
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Art Glass, Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Venini Sconces by Tomaso Buzzi in "Pulegoso" Glass
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Early pair of sconces by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini in Murano glass in the "Pulegoso" Technique and brass, circa 1935 Similar if not identical models can be found in Buzzi´s literatur...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Brass

Glass Vase by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in New York, NY
"Incamiciato" Italian art glass vase by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini. Cased glass, clear, white and grey, deep purple foot. Marked: Venini italia, 1983.
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

Tomaso Buzzi for Venini, Mid-Century Floor Lamp Signed "Venini Murano" 1930s
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Milan, IT
Exquisite floor lamp in Murano glass by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini relaized, circa 1932. The warm amber colored glass goblet is placed elegantly on the long turned glass column, with ...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Brass

"Incamiciato" Italian Art Glass Vase by Tomaso Buzzi
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in New York, NY
"Incamiciato" Italian Art glass vase by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini. Clear, white and purple. With original label. Signed: Venini Italia '85.
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Art Glass

Italian Burl Walnut, Walnut and Ebonised Desk, Tomasso Buzzi
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Miami, FL
The rectangular walnut top above five burled walnut and ebonised drawrs, the back finished with rectangular burl walnut- provenance- collection of Ed Hardy.
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Walnut, Burl

Mid-Century Modern Italian Murano Glass Floor Lamp by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini
By Tomaso Buzzi, Venini
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration, a Mid-Century Modern Italian Murano glass floor lamp by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini. All solid Murano glass in amber color with brass hardware. Venini label pres...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Murano Glass

Model 3321 Red and Black Glass Vase by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini, 1950s
By Tomaso Buzzi, Venini
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A rare Rosa e Negro model number 3321 glass vase by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini. 1950s or 1960s. Unsigned. (Likely originally bore a factory sticker.) Base has a rough pontil mark an...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tomaso Buzzi

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Art Glass

Tomaso Buzzi Surrealist Arrow Motif Chair
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Riverdale, NY
Surrealist iron garden chair with arrow motifs by Tomaso Buzzi. Brass arrow points and feather motifs contrast with the blackened iron. Draped metal "fabric" motifs along edges of se...
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1940s Italian Baroque Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Brass, Iron

Tomaso Buzzi Surrealist Arrow Motif Chair
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Riverdale, NY
Surrealist iron garden chair with arrow motifs by Tomaso Buzzi. Brass arrow points and feather motifs contrast with the blackened iron. Draped metal "fabric" motifs along edges of se...
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1950s Italian Neoclassical Revival Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Iron

Elegant Tomaso Buzzi Armchair, circa 1936
By Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Rome, IT
Elegant Tomaso Buzzi armchair, circa 1936 elm wood ,black laquered elm , cotton fabric Misure: h 87 cm 57 x 56 cm available with a pair of chair of the same original forniture
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1930s Italian Art Deco Vintage Tomaso Buzzi

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Elm, Cotton

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