M. THORPE UNITY

M. THORPE UNITY

Designer

Marc Thorpe

Manufacturer

Venini

Circa

2019

Edition

Ed. of 49 | Signed by the Artist

Description

The Unity edition was inspired by the idea of cultural confluence through craftsmanship and design as New York-based designer, Marc Thorpe brings together his artisan collaborators in Dakar, Senegal, and the glass manufacturers of Venini in Murano. It is in Italy that Thorpe’s journey to West Africa started in 2015 when Patrizia Moroso introduced the designer to the weavers of Dakar. Deeply inspired by the cultural encounter and the shared respect for traditions, Thorpe bridges the design and craftsmanship legacy of the Senegalese weavers with the time-honored glasswork carried on by Venini’s glass masters. The Unity collection for Venini is a celebration of our shared humanity and cultural heritage.
The vessel portion is blown by Venini's master glassmakers and hand-cut using the battuto technique, invented by Carlo Scarpa through his collaborations with Venini. This technique involves the craftsman using a metal wheel to create an irregular faceted surface on the glass. The result is a textural and multi-dimensional piece that highlights the depth of color in the glass.

The base portion is crafted using a metal frame to provide a supporting structure for the threads to be woven across. This frame is wrapped with colored nylon threads, traditionally used for fishing nets, then woven across vertically and horizontally to create the textile form.

Materials

Hand-blown amethyst glass, painted metal base, and hand-woven amaranth/black polyethylene threads.

Dimensions

Ø 14.17 x H 8.24 in
Ø 36 x H 21 cm

Lead Time

Upon Request

Price

$6,710

M. THORPE UNITY
Venini

Venini

Founded in 1921 by Paolo Venini, a Milanese lawyer, and Giacomo Cappellin, a Venetian antiques dealer, Venini & C. has become an international reference for its contribution to the advancement of glassmaking techniques, and for its significant portfolio, which includes artistic collaborations with Carlo Scarpa, Gio Ponti, Massimiliano Fuksas, Ettore Sottsass, Peter Marino, and Tadao Ando, among others. 
 
Widely published and exhibited, the Venini collections are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Cooper Hewitt, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Fondation Cartier in Paris and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London among others.
 
Venini’s own museum in Italy holds precious archives including 45,000 drawings, 10,000 vintage photographs and 4,000 works of art, making their museum’s private collection one of the most significant archives of 20th century and Contemporary glass art in the world.

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