Tomaso Buzzi (Italian, 1900-1981)

Architect, artist and designer Tomaso Buzzi was one of the key players in Milan which saw the birth of a modern Italian style.  Buzzi graduated in architecture at Milan Polytechnic and he was devoted to architectural design, furnishings, graphic design, set design and the applied arts. Buzzi was a friend and colleague of Gio Ponti and also belonged to a group of ‘neoclassical’ architects who were deeply interested in ancient history and architecture and in the applied arts. He produced glass inspired by ancient art, especially Etruscan, which was mainly produced using the glass-casing technique combining different colored layers, the fruits of his experiments in glass.  From 1932 to 1934 he was the artistic director of Venini & C., for which he designed a very sophisticated production characterized by elegant models of 1900 in lattimo, milky torquoise glass, and matte black finish, as well as branched crystals with reliefs. He also designed vases and cups in singular colours obtained through the elaboration of traditional techniques. Thus were born the glasses “Alba”, “Laguna” and “Alga”, in pastel tones, with application of gold leaf.

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