Aldo Nason, Chain Lamp in glass, brass and marble, 1960’s
Aldo Nason for Mazzega Manufactory, attributed to.
Brass and glass lamp composed by two intertwined chain links in glass tubes and gilt brass rings, based on a brass cylindrical shaft. Murano’s glass called pulegoso, semi-opaque aspect with air bubbles and tubular form to create chains. Pitted patina.
White octagonal and moulded marble base.
Italian work realized in the 1960’s.
Original and functional lighting system.
Aldo Nason (1920) was an Italian designer coming from a great glassmakers family. He’s the son of Emilio Nason, one of the founders of the Arte Vetraria Muranes glassmakers masters collective (AVEM), created in 1932. Technical researches were focused on impressive chromatic effects with gold and silver inclusions. The collective used “pulegoso” glass, from Italian dialect language “pulega” meaning “bubble”, which was a technique invented at Murano by Napoleone Martinuzzi in the 1920’s. This semi-opaque and foamy glass with numerous and little air bubbles is created with the addition of sodium bicarbonate which gives to the glass a nice decorative effect with an irregular texture. Aldo Nason is known for his utilization of Murano’s glass in tubular lights declined in various shapes and closed to “Space Age” design.
Mazzega, Murano glassmaker, exists since 1946. In over 70 years, the company has revived and reinterpreted the Murano heritage by innovating and creating new modern shapes in collaboration with many designers as the Nason’s. With its experience, Mazzega realized complete projects from item creation to installation in customer’s house. Contrary to some re-edited Nason’s designs by Mazzega, this chain lamp remained a 1960’s exclusive edition not re-editer nowadays.
Giuseppe Cappa, Le génie verrier de l’Europe, Paris, Broché, 2001, p.474