Decorative Glass Plates
MAMEZARA AQUA by ERCOLE MORETTI
This collection was created for the project "J+I 6 Japanese Designers Collaborate With Italian Artisans" within the Fuorisalone Sarpi Bridge-Oriental Design Week event, held in Milan. Six japanese women designers imagined glass, translated it into a project and presented them to the master glassmakers in Murano, giving life to a collection of amazing products. Mamezara is a collection of eight small plates ("Mame-zara" in Japanese means "bean plate"), divided into sets of three and five according to Japanese tradition, designed by Kaori Shiina and created by Ercole Moretti.
The series of five plates feature dramatically contrasting shapes: a red circle, a light blue clover, a black decagon, an orange hexagon and a yellow rounded square. All are composed of a mosaic of monochrome murrine, culminating in a central black and white spiral: a mythological pattern from which life springs, with no beginning and no end. The wonder of the designers in front of the endless potential of glass will be mirrored in the amazement of everyone who lays eyes on the materialization of these projects!
KAORI SHIINA - DESIGNER
After earning a degree in Art and Literature from the University of SEIJO, Kaori Shiina got her diploma from the institute of design (Tokyo Designer Gakuin). She has been working with Studio De Pas DíUrbino Lomazzi since 1987. In 2005 she started to work on her own, opening a studio working in the field of design and interior design projects, in Italy and in Japan. In 2012 she began working with Riccardo Nardi founding "Shiina Nardi + Design". She has worked with companies such as Bonaldo, CISA Ceramiche (Gruppo Richetti), Fiam, Fasem, Tonelli, Legnomagia, Clenap(Japan) , Panasonic Italy, Sekisui Heim(Japan ), Ristorante KUSHI (Milan), ristorante KENTARO (Pesaro).
ERCOLE MORETTI & F.lli snc
Ercole Moretti founded his Company in 1911. His first outstanding masterpiece was the bead called "Rosetta", followed by the so-called "Millefiori".
The Ercole Moretti furnace has always preferred the Murrina manufacturing process, without overlooking other techniques linked to bead-making: today, as yesterday, production includes polished beads, "sommerso" beads, those made with "avventurina" glass, imitations of semiprecious stones. wo innovations borne of the Moretti family's creativity have shaped the history of Murano glass.
The first one was the adoption of a fine copper pipe instead of the clay-covered iron rod for the production of lampwork beads. The second innovation, dating from 1968, is that of using a thin copper strip to create a mold within which to arrange fragments of murrine rods. This arrangement, once melted, ground and polished, becomes a solid, completely smooth disc. Thus, the legendary Murrine were born.
Starting in the 90's, alongside classic jewellery, the company started producing a home decoration line: a spectacular collection of Murrine plates, inspired by antique designs.
"MURRINO" GLASS or HOT-WORKED MOSAIC
The hot-worked glass mosaic is based upon glass canes; they are produced in very few furnaces, due to the complexity of its manufacturing.
The master picks up a cylindrical mass of molten glass (the "paston") with the cane-making rod, and joins it to a smaller blob (the "conzaura") attached to a short rod. He then hands over one of the rods to his assistant, then they slowly walk away from each other lengthening the glass rope.
As the glass quickly cools, they carefully set down the hardened cane onto rough wooden boards on the floor. The evenness of the cane depends exclusively on the superior craftsmanship of the master. A special type of cane is called "millefiori"; it is a hollow or solid cane composed of concentric multicoloured layers which, in cross-section, form a typical star- or flower-shaped pattern.
These canes are produced by filling open moulds in succession, creating each pattern by layers of different-coloured glass. The finished cane is used by cutting into small segments and arranged onto a horizontal metallic plate, coated with purified lagoon-marsh mud -- this is the only substance able to isolate melting glass from metal. The arrangement is melted inside an oven and picked up for further processing, usually blowing and shaping with tongs. It is this initial procedure that determines the pattern and size of the object, whether one uses solid canes, geometric plates, filigree or aventurine, and creates an infinite variety of unique products.