design and arts

Gino Cenedese

1946 the glassmaker Gino Cenedese founded his own factory.

Between 1947 and 1950, he took the young Alfredo Barbini as a partner and master. The collaboration soon foundered because of Barbini's strong personality. He then founded his own factory.

At Cenedese, two main product lines are to be differenced. They had objects that were manufactured for the market and objects that were characterized by bright colours and traditional forms. On the other hand, based on the interest of Cenedese in Modern Art, one finds many connections to contemporary art. First Alfredo Barbini realized these objects and after 1950, Antonio da Ros took over these objects as artistic director. Some of them were produced in collaboration with outside artists and designers.

On the first Biennale after the Second World War Alfredo Barbini showed sculptures and vases in Coroso technique. Later Napoleone Martinuzzi referred to these series in his decorations. They decorated/spangled his showroom.

Fulvio Bianconi also worked for the Biennale in 1950 together with Cenedese and created a series of vases and objects with applications in Sommerso technology, which are often difficult to assign clearly, since much of the production was lost during the great flood in 1969.

Another outstanding figure was the painter Riccardo Licata, who designed the first 'Aquarium'. This consisted of a large block of colourless glass with abstract figures inside. From 1952 on this was one of the bestsellers of the factory.

In the 60s, abstract shapes and very massive shaped vases in Sommerso technology were typical for Cenedese. Antonio Da Ros made them and they are a stylistic reminiscent to Flavio Poli. Ermanno Nason also worked for Cendese at the same time, and transformed the design of e.g. Marc Chagall and Georges Braque.