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Venini’s Latest Artist Collection Is UNITY by Marc Thorpe

03.05.19 | By
Venini’s Latest Artist Collection Is UNITY by Marc Thorpe
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Venini’s latest artist collection is by New York-based designer Marc Thorpe. The series – UNITY – is made up of ten vessels that will debut at Les Ateliers Courbet’s New York gallery March 7 from 6pm to 8pm. The collection as a whole makes note of Thorpe’s interest in the ways cultural confluences and global culture heritage have the power to bring us all together.

To create UNITY, Thorpe introduced Italian glass manufacturer Venini to weaver artisans in Dakar, Senegal. The two worked together to create the vessels that are created from pieces that each made, using two materials and two honored techniques. Both parts – a woven base and faceted glass top of the same color created using the Battuto technique – nest together in a very fluid way. In fact, the vessels’ silhouettes could easily represent a traditional African headrest or Italy’s Memphis design, making this a true success.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.