Saturday, April 28, 2012

MURANO CHANDELIER: A GIRL CAN DREAM

Ted proposed to me in Venice, in a secret garden he had discovered on a trip there years before. The garden was ancient, and quiet, and green, and around the corner from Harry's Bar where we retired afterwards for celebratory bellinis. I realize that all of this sounds very romantic, and it was, but it was also a bit of a comedy of errors.

For example, I wouldn't shut up while Ted was trying to propose, because I had no idea what was going on, so he was struggling to even get a word in edgewise let along get down on one knee. He also became violently ill immediately following the big question (which is a story for another post), and we ended up having to cut our trip to Venice, and Italy, short.

All this to say that while we had planned a day trip by boat to the island of Murano, it never happened. (I am also the only person who has vacationed in Rome and never seen the Vatican, which we were saving for the last days of the trip.) But to get back to the point. As a result, perhaps, of this aborted visit, I became obsessed with Murano glass, specifically with Murano glass chandeliers.

There is one that I have on the brain right now, that I saw on the Interwebs and cannot for the life of me find again (don't you fucking HATE when that happens?); it was was so lovely and looked like it was made out of strips of pink candy ribbons. Just beautiful.

In the meantime, I gaze at these and dream:

Villverde

ABC Carpets

Pieces Inc

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While these are all classic-style, people also get all crazy up in the glass-making business, WHAT WHAT, and  not all Murano glass chandeliers are so predictable:

Alexander and Pearl
 I know what you're thinking, it looks like an octopus, and yes, yes it does, but it's still incredibly interesting and also comes in several colors if bright orange isn't your jam. (Who is writing this post? I have no idea).
Pieces Inc
This, I am aware, is not technically a chandelier, but rather more of a "flush-mount" (see, I know what the hell I'm talking about. I write a design blog, yo!). But it's very pretty and so here it is anyway. Suck it.

1st Dibs
I didn't even have the heart to look and see how much this one costs, because the prices on 1st Dibs only manage to depress me and I have a party tonight and want to be in a festive mood.

No Idea Where I Found This
Yes, very weird, very 70s, but still, imagine how it would look lit up, and the color! I love it. It should be in my Gracious Entryway even as I type. So cool.
Pieces Inc
I like this even more than the similar one from 1st Dibs and I guarantee you, while not cheap, the price will also not force you to up your meds so you don't put your head in the oven. And you know I have a soft spot for amber.

So what do you think, Dear Readers? Do you love Murano glass lighting as much as I do? Do you like the traditional ones, or the cracked-out, cray-cray ones? I love them all, and would have one in every room of the house if I could. So it's probably just as well that I can't.

XOXOXO
ABC
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13 comments

May 1, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I'm not a GYNORMOUS fan but that clearish/white one from 1st Dibs is winking at me! Reminds me of capiz shells. I actually have HUGE amber colored capiz shell thing I will NEVER use. http://www.atwestend.com/Catalogue/coastal_3/golden-capiz-mobile It's really more orange that it looks and our decor is not very orange friendly these days. I should sell yes?

May 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Jen, you clearly have expensive taste - a girl after my own heart. I do also love that 1st Dibs one - so pretty. As for yours you should DEF-initely sell it - those lamps are all the rage right now!

XOXOXO
ABC

May 2, 2012 at 2:10 PM

I love the old-fashioned ones on top. Funny story: TC and me honeymooned in Venice and took a boat to Murano. We didn't care for most of the stuff (most of it was garish and tacky) and didn't want to purchase anything (which clearly is what they expect American tourists to do). The guy quickly put us back on the boat and then proceeded to drop us off at some random stop, nowhere near our hotel. Hours of walking later, we made it back to our hotel--which was filled with the beautiful, old fashioned glass chandeliers!

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