GLASS BEADS THAT COMPOSE THE FRINGES OF THE CHANDELIERS OF VENEZIA COLLECTION, THE MOST REPRESENTATIVE OF OUR BRAND AND OF OUR TERRITORY OF ORIGIN, THE VENETIAN AREA, HAVE RECENTLY RECEIVED AN IMPORTANT AND SPECIAL DISTINCTION.
In the month of December 2020 Unesco has declared the Venetian Art of glass beads an “Intangibile Cultural Heritage of Humanity”, including such art – and this is the first time for goods strictly related to the Venetian region – amongst the Italian elements registered in the official list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, regulated by the UNESCO Convention of 2003.
As reported by Unesco: “Such intangible cultural heritage is fundamental to preserve cultural diversity when facing globalization and the comprehension of such heritage supports intercultural dialogue and encourages the mutual respect of the different ways of living. The importance of such acknowledgement is not to be found in the cultural aspect as is, on the contrary it refers to the vast knowledge and expertise that are transferred from one generation to the other.”
To be part of this intangible heritage increases the awareness of the importance of such material and it gives to it an added value not only on a local level yet actually on a global level.
Glass beads: a long-standing precious material
In our article regarding Murano glass, that you can read again here, we recalled this ancient tradition, according to which “conterie”, that is Murano glass beads, were treated with a very complex process already starting in the late Middle Ages in Venice.
Such artisan manufacturing tradition obtained a great success in every continent, especially from 1800 until the first twenty years of the twentieth century, when Venetian craftsmen produced art objects more and more refined and precious.
It’s precisely in the first half of the nineteenth century, during the economic crisis that involved Venice and Murano island in particular, that the glass beads production managed to survive and actually expanded on a global level, testifying the deep value of a craftsmanship that remained the same as centuries went by, also surviving the hardest economic collapses.
Glass beads tradition within the collections by Patrizia Volpato
Thanks to our collection Venezia, we included this ancient art typical of the Venetian area, into lighting items that have a strong identity and that automatically transform themselves into design objects. For such reason, they provide an unedited appearance to any environment where they are inserted.
The lamps of Venezia collection pay tribute to Murano glass beads as they are made of fringes that elegantly drop down from each item of such range. The processing of Murano glass, entirely done by hand according to the historical technique passed down from generation to generation, combines with a contemporary and elegant design, that perfectly matches refined spaces also looking for originality.
Knowing that an ancient and precious working process, now also recognized by Unesco, has the chance to reach everybody’s house in the shape of a lighting item thanks to our collection Venezia, is a great honor for us all here at Patrizia Volpato.