Monday, March 10, 2008

Night blooms

The Pamela pendant lamp - like a tiny glass beehive of 24kt gold-dusted Venetian glass, with gold and topaz-colored glass leaves and flowers
14” x 6.5”

About ten years ago New Yorker Dorian Webb went to Italy to study architecture, but passing a shop window in Venice one day, spotted a bowl-full of tiny, colorful Murano glass beads... she was hooked.

She's now designing a range of beautifully detailed and feminine lighting fixtures for Viaggio. All of the designs incorporate blown or lampworked glass, sterling silver and white or yellow gold, and often semi-precious stones. Her passion for Italian culture and design is a reflection of the country's own pride and spirit. They have an "appreciation of things that make life pleasurable," she says. The right lighting always helps.

The Spring pendant reminds me of a raindrop, of a bird's nest, even of a dainty Easter basket, with its prism-embellished frame, light and dark green glass leaves and freshwater pearls
9” x 9”

Vita, a trailing, vine-like sconce disguises five light bulbs within its topaz and 24k gold-dusted glass flowers and leaves. White freshwater pearls dance like tiny blossoms when brushed by the slightest breeze
62” x 34”

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