Showcasing the very best hand-crafted, home décor direct from Italy, Sarsfield Brooke is the exclusive stockist of Arte Veneziana Glass products in New Zealand.
In Italy, the profession of wheeling a common sheet of glass into a work of art is considered a national treasure. In this tradition, everything Arte Veneziana creates is designed with attention to detail and craftsmanship that represents a modern expression of traditional Venetian glass engraving with elaborate designs.
Translated simply to “Venetian art”, family-run Arte Veneziana, has been producing artistic mirrored furniture for three generations. The modern glass engraving company was founded by the grandfather of current partner and qualified commercial engraving expert, Nicola Zanin in the 1950s. Since then, using traditional methods to produce glass decor, Arte Veneziana has been involved in some of the world’s finest design projects, including The Presidential Palace in Baku, Hotel Daniele in Venice and the Theatre in Milano – testimony to a fine producer of Murano glass (crystal) furniture.
“Each piece is blown from Murano glass; it’s made all by hand. If you take a look, each one is different from the other. That’s incredible,” says Zanin. Skilled artisans blow the glass, etching it with a custom Venetian design dating back to the 14th century, and putting it together to create incredible works of art such mirrors, chandeliers, mirrored walls, doors and unique handles. “Today, when technology is doing almost everything, we are able to work the glass a certain way that’s still craftsmanship,” Zanin says of the company’s dedication to producing everything by hand, even in the 21st century. “We are working in the same way that our ancestors were working. That’s incredible. We are very proud.”
The expert craftsmen that Arte Veneziana employs, opens up a world of possibility to its customers, who can dream up and customize just about anything they wish. “Today people want to have something unique,” says Zanin. And so can you.
For more on the exclusive Arte Veneziana collection, visit the Sarsfield Brooke website.