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Tomaso Buzzi Chandeliers and Pendants

Tomaso Buzzi (Italy, 1900-1981)
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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Gold Leaf, Beige Murano Glass & Brass '30s Chandelier by T. Buzzi for Venini
By Tomaso Buzzi, Venini
Located in Varese, Lombardia
Rare and beautiful 1930s pendant lamp designed by T. Buzzi for Venini. The brass structure supports the decorative elements in transparent Murano glass and gold leaf, which alternate...
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1930s Italian Art Deco Vintage Tomaso Buzzi Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Tommaso Buzzi for Venini Monumenal Three Arms Chandelier in a Glass Sphere, 30s
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Historical Venini piece when director was Tommaso Buzzi. Small glass chandelier with 3 leaves and brass hardware included in a glass sphere with lower lid. As far as I know, the co...
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1930s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi Chandeliers and Pendants

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Tommaso Buzzi for Venini, Three Arms Chandelier Inside a Glass Sphere, 1930s
By Tomaso Buzzi, Venini
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Historical Venini piece when director was Tommaso Buzzi. Small glass chandelier with 3 leaves and brass hardware included in a glass sphere with lower lid. Venini blue catalog ...
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1930s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Tomaso Buzzi Ceiling Lamp in Murano Glass by Venini, 1930 circa
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Milan, IT
This amazing ceiling lamp designed by Tomaso Buzzi in the 30s for Venini. This item - the model 5204 - is made out entirely in Murano blown glass with diffusers in 'lattimo' (milk gl...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomaso Buzzi Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Silver

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 Chandeliers and Pendants

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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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