IMPERO by FORMIA INTERNATIONAL
Impero is shape and colour: shape defined by the lines of the vase, by the bubbles that adorn its surface like an infinity of satellites; colour in its “sommerso” glass, in which the submerged coloured glass play off the reflective bubbles in an amazing light effect. This is not a simple vase, but a true furnishing accessory that can set the tone for a room. Impero is available in large and small sizes, both impressive in their particular, elegant design. The vases in the Impero line, like all products on out website, are handcrafted and prime production quality.
FORMIA INTERNATIONAL Srl - VIVARINI LUXURY Glass
Formia International was founded in 1962, and has grown to include 26 furnaces and 10 master glassmakers who work within it today.
Formia International continuously collaborates with high fashion names, creating products for the home decorating lines of Fendi, Cavalli, Dior and Armani.
Distiguished by a fusion of traditional craft techniques, artistic and design creativity, and innovative technical solutions, Formia's production is absolutely unique, subdivided into two separate brands: FORMIA Luxury Glass Murano and Vivarini.
Vivarini is an experimental, passionate brand. The lines are essential and clean, the colours are vivid and modern. Luxury Glass Murano offers a more traditional product selection, following classic aesthetic. The bottom line of this collection is "custom made", in step with the fashion world. A “prêt à porter” series runs beside "haute couture", which presents unique pieces according to consumer needs and tastes. Thus the Formia - Luxury Glass Murano brand proposes a product range in which classic Murano refinement meets modern taste, while maintaining the "charm of a timeless elegance", producing unique and cherished works of art.
Glass-blowing, which most likely originated in Syria between the first century BC and the first century AD, is a glass manufacturing technique that revolutionized glass production times by significantly speeding them up. This may be defined as the "classic" technique for creation of hollow objects.
Glass can be mouth-blown or mould-blown. In the first instance the master, aided by his assistants, shapes the object by blowing through a long hollow metal tube, the so-called "blow-pipe".
The glass is picked up from the center of the oven, blown and shaped by use of a "borsella", a pair of flexible tongs that can accomplish different tasks depending on their shape. Indeed, the borsella can be used to pinch the object, narrow it, remove imperfections, open it up or give it a precise shape.
During this work, the pipe is countinuously spun to avoid warping the glass, as it is still soft at this stage and can be warped by gravity.
Mould-blowing, on the other hand, involves blowing the glass into a mould which, in Murano, is built out of pear wood. It can be made out of two or three hinged pieces, used to shape the object, or by a single truncated conical piece, sometimes made of bronze or brass, used to imprint a decorative pattern onto the object.
This technique (meaning "submerged") involves dipping a thick glass object back into the melting pot to coat it with an equally thick layer of glass of a different colour.
The overlapping colours create a peculiar chromatic effect in the solid glass.
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