Recognized artists of the 20th century decorative arts

Jacques Adnet
Jacques Adnet was born in 1900 in Châtillon-Coligny, France. He graduated from the École des Arts Décoratifs of Paris and started his career alongside Maurice Dufrène and Tony Selmersheim.

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Jacques Adnet

André Arbus
André Arbus was a French architect, decorator and sculptor of the 20th century. He belongs to an old family of Toulouse cabinetmakers. He joined the family cabinetmaking workshop after attending the School of Fine Arts in Toulouse and participates in 1925

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André Arbus

Gaetana Gae Aulenti
Born in 1927, Gae Aulenti graduated from the prestigiousin Milan Polytechnic 1953. During the 13th Milano Architecture Biennale in 1964, Gae Aulenti was chosen to design the Italian pavilion.

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Gaetana Gae Aulenti

Ercole Barovier
Born in a family of glass making tradition , Ercole Barovier becomes artistic director of the “Vetreria Artistica Barovier et C” aged of 26 and become a partner in his father’s company aged of 30.

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Ercole Barovier

Fulvio Bianconi
Miguel Ortiz Berrocal was a Spanish sculptor known for his "puzzle" sculptures that can be taken apart into a multitude of abstract shaped elements. 

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Miguel Berrocal

Fulvio Bianconi
Graphic artist, illustrator and later designer Fulvio Bianconi was born In Padue in 1915. Fulvio has a strong predisposition for drawing and attended courses at the Academy of fine Arts in Venice.

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Fulvio Bianconi

Madeleine Castaing
Roger Capron was born in Vincennes, France on September 4, 1922. He studied Applied Arts in Paris from 1939 to 1943 and then worked as an art teacher.

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Roger Capron

Madeleine Castaing
Madeleine is a creator of great originality. Over the years, she develops a particular vision of decoration to eventually lead to the “Castaing style” recognized as such today by the world of decoration.

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Madeleine Castaing

Ado Chale
Adolphe Pelsener called Ado Chale is a trained ironworker who made his first weapons in the creation of enamelled advertising plates. Ado Chale and his wife make a major contribution to the Belgian decoration scene.

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Ado Chale

Ado Chale
Pierre Chapo was born in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, in 1937 the family moved to Vierzon, in the Cher, the young man tried his hand at painting.

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Pierre Chapo

Antonio da Ros
Antonio da Ros enters Cenedese without any knowledges in the glass world in 1959. He designed heavy sculptures made from blocks of glass, using strong colors in unpreviously seen variations…

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Antonio da Ros

Laura de Santillana
Laura de Santillana was born in 1955 in Venice. She is Paolo Venini’s granddaughter and Ludovico Diaz de Santillana’s daughter, who took over the family glass production. Laura completed her training at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

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Laura de Santillana

Ludovico Diaz de Santillana
Ludovico Diaz de Santillana was born in Rome in 1931. He is Anna Venini’s husband (Anna is Paolo Venini’s daughter) and Laura de Santillana’s father. Ludovico de Santillana opened the company’s doors to young Americans (Thomas Sterns, Kennet (Ken) Scott, Benjamin Moore, …)

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Ludovico Diaz de Santillana

Ludovico Diaz de Santillana
Piero won a seat at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, but was promptly expelled; his creative spirit did not match the harsh discipline of the academy.

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Piero Fornasetti

Guido Gambone
Guido Gambone is considered as one of the most influential ceramists of the twentieth century, he defined an excessively personal style by mixing the ancestral techniques of ceramics with Etruscan or abstract decorations composed by with primary colors.

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Guido Gambone

Guggisberg et Baldwin
Couple in life and couple for work, they blow glass for more than over 35 years and are known all over the world for their vessels of large size in blown glass carved with « battuto » technique.

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Guggisberg & Baldwin

Guillerme et Chambron
Robert Guillerme studied design and architecture at the Boulle school (France). He graduated first in his class in 1934. Jacques Chambron graduated from the School of Applied Arts in Reims (France).

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Guillerme & Chambron

Riccardo Liccata
Riccardo Licata was born on 20th December 1929 in Turin, Italy. He moved to Venice in 1946, after graduating from the artistic High School, he began his studies at the “Accademia delle Belle Arti” in Venice.

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Riccardo Liccata

Alessandro Pianon
Alessandro Pianon was born in Venice in 1931. After his studies at the Architecture School of Venice, he joined Vetreria Vistosi in 1956. He had the job to create a new logo for the family-owned enterprise. 

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Alessandro Pianon

Flavio Poli
Flavio Poli (1900-1984) was an Italian artist, known for his designs in glass. Born in 1900, he was trained at the Istituto d’Arte di Venezia, then began work as a ceramicist. In 1929, he began working for the company “I.V.A.M.” as a designer of glassware.

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Flavio Poli

Lino Sabattini
Lino Sabattini (1925 – 2016), is a self-taught Italian silversmith and designer. He came from a modest family and began to take an interest in metalworking as a worker in a factory manufacturing copper parts during World War II.

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Lino Sabattini

Carlo Scarpa
Carlo Scarpa is an Italian architect and designer. After studying architecture in Venice, Carlo Scarpa has direct connections with glassmaking in Murano, Cappelin at first, where he took on the responsibility of artistic director.

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Carlo Scarpa

Tobia Scarpa
Tobia Scarpa was born in Venezia in 1935. He is the son of Carlo Scarpa. In 1969 he graduates as an architect at the university of Venice. Tobia with his wife Afra won numerous architecture and design prices.

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Tobia Scarpa

Ken Scott
Kenneth Scott, american, designed an acclaimed series of fishes for the exhibition « Made In Italy » organized in the fifties by Macy’s in New York. The set was originally commissioned by Venini to decorate to decorate a show case.

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Ken Scott

Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass was born in Innsbruck, Austria in 1917. He studied at polytechnical school of Turin as an architect and designer. From 1947 he opens is own Studio in Milan, his interests nearly go in every fields…

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Ettore Sottsass

Line Vautrin
After a short stay in Casablanca, she’s back in Paris in 1950 and discover a new material, cellulose acetate that she patents and renames “Talosel” and begins to produce her famous convex mirrors.

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Line Vautrin

Line Vautrin
)Paolo Venini was born in Milan in 1895, Returning from the war, he met Giacomo Cappelin in 1921, the owner of an old glass shop in Milan who offered him to start a new glass blowing company.

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Paolo Venini

Tapio Wirkkala
Tapio Veli Ilmari Wirkkala (1915 – 1985) sculptor and designer was a major figure of mid century Scandinavian Design. Tapio is well known for his of design of glass (Venini, Iitala), jewelry, cutlery, wood carving and stone carving.

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Tapio Wirkkala

Toni Zuccheri
Toni Zuccheri was born in 1936. He is the son of the painter Luigi Zuccheri, well-known for his illustrations of nature and birds. Toni graduated from the Academy of Architecture in Venice.

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Toni Zuccheri