DESIGN CONNECTED WITH TRADITIONAL ITALIAN CRAFT

 
 
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PIERRE GONALONS & STORIES OF ITALY

King Sun Murano - Lighting Project - Paris - Milan
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THE TECNIQUE – MACCHIA SU MACCHIA
Traditionally, in Murano glass blowing tradition, the macchia is applied in a single phase and it is subsequently coated with a crystal layer. Here, instead, it has been deconstructed and reassembled.
By completely removing the crystal, the artworks lose the sparkling effect – a characteristic of the traditional macchia pattern- in favour of an opaque one.
The chromatic motifs are created through repeated multiple applications of colourful pigments and flakes: layers on layers, macchie on macchie.
The opacity as well as the layers bring to life a soft and dense texture – a drastic departure from the formal canons of the Murano glass tradition – whose optical effect is reminiscent of the vast array of colourful glazes, marbles and pietre dure in vogue throughout ancient Italy, which were at the heart of this project’s research.
 
 
Our Macchia su Macchia tecnique meets french designer Pierre Gonalons in a collection which puts together our chromatic and tecnical glass research together with his iconic King Sun lamps.
This project marks another step towards Stories of Italy’s ongoing reinterpretation of Murano glass art, and it strengthens the brand’s vision as an innovative entity within contemporary Italian art glass.