The vibrantly colored world of Murano art glass, designed by artists Carlo and Giovanni Moretti, was established in 1958 under the name of Carlo Moretti. Originally traditional in style, today it is a stunning collection of modern, clean, and essential pieces. In the 1970′s, they experimented both in the use of components and glass making tools and produced a beautifully transparent glass collection. Each a blank canvas for their thoughtful yet deliberate use of bold primary color and minimal design aesthetic that are iconic to the Moretti name.
When visiting Venice or Venezia, I happened upon the Carlo Moretti showroom, L’Isola. I have been an admirer for quite some time. My eyes lit up like a child discovering a candy store and were filled with surprise and delight. I wandered in with a brisk curiosity. Each piece handmade in limited number and signed personally by Carlo Moretti. The designs are not fussy, nor shy, with their generous use of color, varied line weights, and contrasting symmetry. The artists hand is evident in its’ imperfect lines, some controlled while others are free flowing. Purely eye candy. The middle photo is from the collezioni collection, i diversi, bicchieri or glass. The pieces above are from the colori collection, pirus, coppette or cup.
L’Isola is located in the beautiful San Marco area, located nearby Piazza San Marco and the lovely St. Mark’s Basilica. I absolutely love the historic Venetian Gothic architecture contrasted by Moretti’s modern art glass.
The main waterways were bustling with public transportation onto the old quaint island, while the smaller canals were lined with classic weathered wooden boats tied up by private residences. Venice is a maze of mineral green canals threaded through the city linked by bridges. Narrow cobbled streets or pathways were lined with shops, today mostly kitschy and catering to tourists, with an occasional exclusive home interior or designer handbag shop for the elite traveler tucked in between. After the better part of a day on foot, a steaming macchiato and chocolate hazelnut gelato sounded divine. Shall we?