Venetian glass without air bubbles is almost impossible. To what extent to accept them is another matter. Every single has to find out for himself.
Aida Guemati's insight:
Even when you receive your set of 6 Murano glass flutes or wine glasses it could be that some of them include bigger or smaller air bubbles and even more than one. But why is that if you can get perfect crystal wine glasses, that are produced in Austria or some other country and these never have any air bubbles?
Many people do not realize, that the entire process in the Venetian glass furnaces is really totally handmade from the mixture of the silica blend until the packing. The ovens are like the ones used centuries ago, the only difference is in the fuel, but that does not change the working process. Fire is always fire and the melting pots are also always the same.
Venetian glass has always been important not only for its techniques but for its unlimited colors. Each color is obtained by adding metal oxides to the blend.
Aida Guemati's insight:
Venetian glass allows you to realize your dreams when it comes to colors. You can get any color from the color wheel and any desired nuance. When looking for standard items you will already have a great choice, but if you want a specific color, that matches the colors you already have in your home you will be able to get your glass drinkware, chandeliers, vases or sculptures accordingly.
Santoni, leader maison in luxury footwear, meets Rubelli, the noble Venetian firm that represents a point of reference worldwide for high-end fabrics since 1858. A shoe that brings to amazing companies together and combines two amazing products. The result is a small romantic masterpiece of pure Venetian taste, a capsule collection where baroque suggestions blend with the design mastery of Gio Ponti’s avant-garde spirit. “This capsule collection expresses at best the refined essence and heritage of both Rubelli and Santoni, two excellencies of Made in Italy sharing a passion for timeless elegance”, states Giuseppe Santoni, CEO of the company. The collection Santoni | Rubelli boasts a unique style always contemporary, and is intended for a sophisticated audience looking for objects of great personality that go beyond the trends.” Rubelli’s precious fabrics perfectly match with slippers and loafers, ballerinas and laced shoes. Santoni’s cultured tribute to history and passion for beauty, common to Rubelli, is a selection from the most evocative patterns chosen from the infinite archive of the Venetian maison. The most traditional lampas with bright floral patterns and colorful suggestions inspired by the 18th century are combined with Punteggiato fabric designed by Gio Ponti in 1934: essential and geometrical pattern softened by the preciousness of smooth velvet and balanced tones. “The project seeing Rubelli's fabrics, in particular precious lampas and refined embroideries, in the unusual role of stylish footwear designed by Santoni is the tangible example of a successful partnership between two major entrepreneurial Italian excellences ”adds Alessandro Favaretto Rubelli, President of the company. “The incredible know-how made of craftsmanship but also of constant technological innovation together with true passion are the core values of their work. The only way the value of knowledge meets the value of emotion, and this also makes the difference.” Exquisitely eccentric textures combined with extra luxurious leathers in three models for men and three for women: collection divertissement for an audience of connoisseurs. Available from December in selected Santoni boutiques and at the online shop with a special packaging featuring Rubelli’s fabrics. Price upon request.
Venetian glass wedding champagne flutes in acid green are made for you if you want to acquire the deepest knowledge and understanding as a spiritual being!
Because quality is a must for you, you will be very selective when choosing your guests . Success, achievement and high expectations are always among your thoughts, therefore the people at your toast will all be like-minded attracted by your magnetism and positive life attitude.
However sometimes you tend to overdo it, your passion and enthusiasm can be overwhelming causing you some extra stress and anxiety. Step back for a moment and approach the circumstance considering your sophisticated high ideals and standards, allowing your spiritual qualities to take over.
If acid green really is the color you like most, do not hesitate a second when looking for your wedding champagne flutes: get acid green ones, but make sure they are handmade of Venetian glass allowing you to acquire the deepest knowledge and understanding of yourself as a spiritual being on the most important day of your life!
Venetian glass wedding champagne flutes in brown are made for you if you wish to fully fulfill your deepest need for safety, security, simplicity and comfort !
You certainly do not have the aggressive nature of the brown bear, but you are steady, reliable and confident in whatever you do. People enjoy your friendliness and genuine, sincere approach to things. Your friends are naturally drawn to you when in need of comfort and support, because of your warm and encouraging manner, giving them reassurance.
Because your family and its life is extremely important to you and you always look for quality in everything – a comfortable home, the best food and drink and loyal companionship the toast at your wedding can only fall into that range if you choose the appropriate wedding champagne glasses.
You certainly do not like to waste money or time on unnecessary frivolities or extravagances, but on such an important occasion you will not neglect what is most important to you and at the same time you hate surprises, therefore you will only go for the best.
Venetian glass wedding champagne flutes in yellow are made for you if you want your logical order to peek through and to be able to express your individuality!
Because you love to dress smart all the time and you are good at impressing whoever comes to your house or goes out with you, your wedding party will perfectly reflect this trait of you and even more being a very special day you will not refrain on spending any extra money. You are as good at making money as at spending it rapidly.
If yellow really is the color you like most, do not hesitate a second when looking for your wedding champagne flutes: get yellow ones, but make sure they are handmade of Venetian glass allowing your logical order in your everyday life to peek through and to be able to express your individuality by using your logical mind to inspire and create new ideas.
Venetian glass wedding champagne flutes in orange are made for you if you want to be to be full of life, always on the go, determined, looking for challenges!
Do you really love the color orange? On the spectrum of light, and in the traditional color wheel used by painters, it is located between red and yellow. In the English-speaking world it was called “geoluread” meaning “yellow-red” and only after 1512 the word “orange” for the color was introduced named after the appearance of the ripe orange fruit.
If you really love that color you are not only warm, optimistic and extroverted, but overall flamboyant like a burning flame lighting up the party, exactly what you will do when toasting with your orange Venetian glass wedding champagne flutes with your family and guests.
Even the center of your wedding will be lived according to the burning flame style. You will not only be assertive and determined, but at the same time your light-heartedness will be a boost of energy, which will slowly turn down until you start next action.
You can find many wine glasses on the market, but why always go for the traditional crystal ones? If you consider all the features Murano wine glasses can offer you, you will not only have beautiful glasses you can serve your wine in, but at the same time you will have oustanding items to decorate your home and above all you have "art pieces" that will increase their value in time.
Wouldn't you be delighted to serve your prosecco wine in colored Murano champagne glasses? What about pouring your merlot in a beautiful Murano glass decanter before your guest enjoy it?
You have so many options to choose from and don't have to stick to the usual transparent crystal wine glasses. But guess what if you really want to stay traditional you can even get Murano crystal wine glasses!
If you want to do something different and stand out of the crowd now you can even get wedding champagne flutes made of Venetian glass. The beauty about it is that they come in many different colors and you can have your names and dates engraved on the bottom as it is done with all signature pieces from Murano.
Because of all the fakes on the market, the only advice is to make sure you find authentic Murano glass from a trusted source: what a pity if you would serve your wine in glasses that you have purchased as Authentic Murano Wine Glasses and they are not!
Venetian glass has once again been the spark for a new movement and trend in the US. If you happen to be in Chicago today and you are a glass lover make sure to visit the 19th annual SOFA CHICAGO 2012 at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall (600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, Ill. 60611).
It is the last day of the 50th anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement celebration. Harvey K. Littleton introduced Art Glass in the US after having visited Venice and specifically the island of Murano. There he saw more than 50 different furnaces and glass masters fully dedicated to the Venetian glass art, some working by themselves, others working in small groups of 3 or 4.
Most of the furnaces in Murano had a smaller place right outside their walls where they would set up a small demonstration furnace for the tourists with a maximum of two glass blowers performing their craft. Littleton was fascinated by this approach he had never considered before, as he was convinced until then that glass could only be made in an industrial setting, by a team of workers.
He thought about it and realized that it was possible as a glass worker to set up a one man show melting and working glass in a private studio.So as soon as he returned to the US he started his own experiments with glass, at first using his ceramics kiln being since 1949 a graduate student in ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art.
In 1958 he chaired a panel of glass at the Third National Conference of the American Craft Council and a few years later in 1962 he ran a one-week glassblowing workshop in a storage shed of the Toledo Museum of Art.
This is how the American Glass Studio Movement started... thanks to Venetian glass!
One thing we pride ourselves on here at Italia Living is sharing how to live the lifestyle of Italy in America. With that being said, we want to share a brand new App brought to our attention available for iPad – The Italian Way.
The Italian Way App will help you to live and enjoy the Italian lifestyle anywhere you go in America. Discover local places, create an itinerary of places to visit, and share your Italian-style experience with your social network right on the app.
The Italian lifestyle is everything that makes life worth living – eating fresh local food; slowing down, savoring life and enjoying simple moments with friends and family.
Highlighting more than 3,000 locations across the U.S., The Italian Way App will help you live the Italian way anywhere you go. Locate cafes, coffeehouses, gelato stands, neighborhood Italian restaurants, outdoor markets and public parks. Create your own Italian interlude or follow one of theirs. Develop a list of favorite locations and itineraries – then share them with friends via Twitter or Facebook.
The Italian Way App gives you an intuitive guide to living the Italian way of life, and it’s designed specifically for iPad.
When thinking of Venetian glass the first things that might come in your mind are probably classic Murano wine glasses or chandeliers, but would you ever think of modern living accessories?
This November don't miss the release of "Modern Living Accessories: 100 Years of Design", a retrospective trip from 2011 back to 1900 by editors Martin Wellner and Andrea Melhose highlighting the most important design developments of the past 100 years, among which some iconic ones made of Venetian glass:
-from 2010 a light sculpture by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec called "Lighthouse" for Venini and Established and Sons, marrying artisan tradition to modern manufacturing technology;
-from 1968 glass bottles by Tapio Wirkkala for Venini made with the Murano glass incalmo technique, where two different glass bodies are heated separately and then perfectly melted together.
Among the iconic glass pieces to be found in this 512 pages book of design are from 1932 the Cartoccio Vase by Pietro Chiesa, co-founder of FontanaArte and from 1936 the Savoy Vase by Alvar Aalto from Finland an evolution in the shape.
Right after the Second World War when young designer Fulvio Bianconi met Paolo Venini in Murano he designed the famous "Fazzoletto", made of Venetian glass, continuing the above tradition of sinuous glass shapes.
Wedding champagne flutes and champagne glasses made of Venetian glass can be a trendy affair.
Your Special Day is approaching and you are getting ready to make it the most memorable day in your life. The excitement is great, you have taken care of everything. The date and the venue are set, your guest list is completed. You have taken care of the photographer, band, florist and caterer as well. You got your dress, shoes, hair dresser booked. You have agreed on rings, cake and honeymoon… You are ready to dream… but…
You have not yet chosen your Wedding Champagne Glasses!
Champagne glasses are a must at every wedding.
Don’t worry you can really stand out of the crowd now by giving free room to simple elegance and restrained luxury. You can get truly one-of-a-kind toasting flutes masterpieces, all handmade of Venetian glass by masters in Murano, Italy.
Venetian glass wine glasses and Prosecco wine have a lot more in common than just being complementary one to the other, did you know that?
Aida Guemati's insight:
Even though Venetian glass has a longer history than Prosecco wine, they both come from the same region called Veneto. Families that were producing glass in the 14th century still do nowadays and families that were producing wines in Valdobbiadene in the 16th century are among the best Prosecco producers nowadays.
The history of Venice and Conegliano-Valdobbiadene has always intermingled. The noble Venetians had many of their summer residences in the hills of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene and have always been great appreciators of the wines there.
Today the best Prosecco producers have rediscovered a Venetian grape variety called “dordona” on the Venetian island Mazzorbo and have produced a limited edition wine “Venissa” in Venetian glass bottles with a golden label also made according to Venetian traditions.
Venetian glass color discrepancies should not be considered defects, but rather considered as its peculiar feature, making it special and therefore a beauty.
Aida Guemati's insight:
The beauty of Venetian glass is that not one piece is equal to the other, every single one is a unique art work. All of them are rigorously handmade by experienced Murano glass masters and comparing them with items, that are produced with machines, where everything has to be perfect, is a great mistake. There can be differences in color, air bubbles, difference in size and shape, but none of these should be considered defects. They rather are the signature of authenticity.
Venetian glass wedding champagne flutes in purple are made for you if you want to achieve emotional security and spiritual perfection now and always!
Aida Guemati's insight:
Because you have a commitment with anything that is unconventional, you will make sure that your wedding toast will be remembered not only because the choice of your champagne glasses will appear eccentric to some, but also because you will inspire your guests and friends with your creative thinking and ability to deal with any special circumstances.
You will really stand out of the crowd. Everyone will notice you because of your individuality, but at the same time also because of your generosity. You will certainly be the giver you are used to be even on your wedding and all your friends will reward you with their friendship, showing special attention on this outstanding day.
Wedding champagne flutes made of green Venetian glass are for you if your main aspiration is to love, be outstanding, special even on the most important day!!
Not loving to go into details, but always having great ideas you will perfectly organize your wedding plan and then delegate it to someone else, so that he or she may execute it in order to take care of every single little aspect.
Because you are good at business and making money and you love quality and high priced items even on the most important day of your life you will astonish your friends and guests, showcasing a series of other items perfectly in tune with the champagne glasses you have personally selected.
If green really is the color you like most, do not hesitate a second when looking for your wedding champagne flutes: get green ones, but make sure they are handmade of Venetian glass if your main aspiration is to love, be loved and at the same time be outstanding and special even the most important day of your life!
Wedding champagne flutes made of black Venetian glass are for you if you always want to keep your power, control and prestige even on the most important day!!
Staying on the bright side of the moon, just like the black cat you are independent, strong-willed and determined, liking to be in control of yourself and situations. The wedding toast will be one of those occasions where you will be able to shine. Having rehearsed every single detail with your champagne glasses as usual you will astonish your guests and relatives.
Devoted to elegance and sophisticated surroundings you like to maintain a distance, thus creating an impenetrable barrier between yourself and the others and an aura of mystery and intrigue. Sometimes you take it to a point where you may appear intimidating to your closest entourage, because of your authoritarian and demanding attitude.
Nevertheless because of your discretion and the desire to retreat and hide from the real world you do not stress your intimidatory appearance over long and most of the times your friends and relatives are more attracted to the completeness of every single act you do, where everything is weighed and studied down to the last detail because of your methodical work.
If black really is the color you like most, do not hesitate a second when looking for your wedding champagne flutes: get black ones, but make sure they are handmade of Venetian glass allowing you to always keep your power, control and prestige even the most important day of your life!
Wedding champagne flutes made of blue Venetian glass are for you if you do not want to give up your viewpoint and beliefs to maintain inner peace and truth!
\You are a great thinker and never speak or act before having thoroughly dwelled over everything. Sometimes it is a way to keep your vulnerable spots to yourself. When you are with your friends or in public you always appear confident and self-controlled.
Because of your stubborn nature and your rigid approach to things – loving to stick to what is familiar to you and following your own pace in your own time- you will not have any problems to toast with your blue wedding champagne glasses the most important day of your life, even if your mother or some relative might have tried to dissuade you when you chose them.
f blue really is the color you like most, do not hesitate a second when looking for your wedding champagne flutes: get blue ones, but make sure they are handmade of Venetian glass never giving up your viewpoint and beliefs in order to maintain your inner peace and truth even the most important day of your life!
Wedding champagne flutes made of periwinkle Venetian glass are for you to feel in harmony and at one with the Universe, an aware and intuitive spiritual being!
Do you really love the color periwinkle? Not everybody has heard of periwinkle. It is a color in the violet family, which sometimes is also called lavender blue, as a pale tint of blue or indigo. It is named after a flower called “Vinca Minor” also known as lesser periwinkle or myrtle flower.
The periwinkle flowers, made of 5 petals, have beautiful colors ranging from pink, through different violet tonalities, to periwinkle, which by some is commonly called darker purple, all the way to different blue tonalities.
When looking at them the first thing that comes into your mind is integrity and structure, the same feeling you will have when toasting with your periwinkle Venetian glass wedding champagne flutes with your family and guests.
You love order and tend to be inflexible when you have to organize something as important as your wedding. Even though you are understanding, your love for rituals and traditions will strongly prevail, therefore as usual you will look to the past when planning for the future.
"Wedding champagne flutes made of grey Venetian glass are for you if you like to make use of your fair and balanced judgment thanks to your emotional detachment!"
When you look into the eyes of the grey wolf they evoke calmness and self-control, the same feeling you will have when toasting with your grey Venetian glass wedding champagne flutes with your family and guests.
Because you are neutral about life and do not love the chaotic outside world you will opt for a rather balanced, stable not overwhelming wedding. Your toast with your grey wedding champagne flutes will be in a rather reserved “pack”, only closest friends and family.
You are practical and calm in everything you do and people know they can rely upon you, because of your coolness, conserved and composed attitude. Nevertheless because it is also for you the most important day in your life you will add a touch of elegance at your toast by exhibiting your Venetian glass wedding champagne glasses, showing that you are not that dull after all.
Venetian glass wedding champagne flutes in red are made for you if you want to reach your fulfillment, satisfaction to experience life through the five senses!
It is known, that red is the most difficult color to produce in the Venetian furnaces. It contains gold in the sand mixture, which easily burns, thus making the red become brownish. During the melting process the blend has to be carefully watched and there is a precise timing when the glass needs to be worked otherwise your work is done for nothing.
Red is a precious color and is not necessarily associated with wedding champagne flutes, but when it comes to Venetian glass you can allow yourself to be different and outstanding.
Red is the color of roses, which are traditionally used as symbol for love and romance, closely tied to the goddess of love in Greek and Roman mythology. The color red itself is a metaphor for deep emotion. The use of red roses to decorate marriage ceremonies as traditional wedding attire can be found in many early cultures.
So there must be nothing wrong when you toast at your wedding with red Venetian glass wedding champagne glasses!
Wedding champagne flutes made of aquamarine Venetian glass are for you if you like to make your own way in the world under your own terms!"
Traditionally wedding champagne flutes are mainly made of crystal clear glass with a common flute shape, which could be easily called "déjà vue". Today it is possible to stand out of the crowd by looking for something different like colored Venetian glass wedding champagne glasses.
The beauty of Venetian glass, also known as Murano glass, is that it is possible to come up with any RAL color you desire. It is obvious that if you are only looking for a pair of champagne glasses made in a specific color of your choice only for you, this will have a high price and a long lead time.
The reason why it costs so much is that besides the fact that they are handmade you will need to mix the color blend and heat up a glass mass where about 70% are waste if you have no other use for it.
So the best option is to pick your favorite color among the many existing ones carefully choosing it based on your personality. lf you are always friendly and love to talk to different people exchanging opinions, you do not have anything to hide to yourself as you normally speak from your heart, sharing your inner thoughts, then aquamarine wedding champagne flutes are the right pick for you.
Venice has been hit once again by "Acqua Alta", high waters flooding the city mainly between October and February every year.
Today it was about 120cm, which means that about 29% of the city was flooded. Venetians are used to it and are normally alerted when the tide is going to be +110cm with acoustic signals or an sms service they have subscribed to.
If you are not in a hurry you can just wait a few hours to allow the water to go back down. The water rises and goes back down in 6 hour cycles, which means, that every 6 hours a flood in Venice could occur if the water would rise over the mareographic zero. 5% of the city gets flooded if the tide is +100cm, but this normally happens only in fall and winter and of course not every day.
If you want to experience live "Acqua Alta" you can just take your shoes off and roll up your pants and walk over flooded St. Mark's Square. Another option is to buy the typical Venetian boots for $15-$20 and walk around.
The city of Venice is well organized and will set up walk ways for those who are not prepared and if you are going to Venice tomorrow 28th October to participate or watch the 27th Edition of the Venice Marathon take your boots along as "Acqua Alta" will be more than +120cm again!