Barber & Osgerby’s Lanterne Marine
Published on November 12, 2016
Barber & Osgerby’s relationship with Venini started in 2002 when working on the architectural elements of Stella McCartney’s flagship store in New York. It was during that project that Edward & Jay met Architecto Roberto Gasperoto, the Creative Director of Venini, and were first introduced to the alchemic world of Murano glassmaking. They became fascinated by the elemental nature of making glass and the ancient craft skills of the Venini maestros, and worked on creating a series of new pieces for their collection.
The project, Lanterne Marine, produced a confluence of design themes that Barber & Osgerby had been experimenting with in their work. The project combined explorations of detailed handcraft with engineering; it expanded on their long-standing interest in nautical design, and finally, their fascination with colour composition.
The idea was to create a series of forms that in some way involved the layering and stacking of the famous Venini colours to create new, almost modular compositions. Large vases were designed that could support flower stems and also stand alone as striking sculptural pieces. Each modular glass base and top was blown in a range of special Venini colours, the recipes for which are known only to one man at the factory. The bases hold the open, calyx-like tops that are intended to enclose the water and flower stems.