Taking the reins of his mother’s beloved business, Marcantonio Brandolini D’Adda brings modern verve to Murano’s age-old craft.
Tell us about how you got to where you are?
I work and live in Venice for Laguna B, a Venice based company founded by Marie Brandolini in 1996 when she reinterpreted the Goto de fornace.
In 2016 together with Alvise and Tommaso I joined the company and maintained her original tableware designs while broadening the production scope to include sculptures and one-off commissions. Along the way we expanded the mission beyond glass production. We believe in Venice and Murano’s potential to be contemporary leaders in craft, culture and sustainability.
How would you describe your work in three words?
Endless / Shared / Fun
Where do you feel most inspired and who inspires you?
Nature inspires me more and more! Therefore, not sure what next creations will be. Nature gives you everything. You don’t need much more. Looking at ways to include plants in my creative thoughts.
What is your creative process?
I doodle most of the time till I have a drawing that could be translated into something concrete. Most of the time are just doodles.
What materials do you most like to work with? Does it differ depending on subject?
We work with glass most of the time. Looking at ways to change the composition of glass and make it less impactful. Might be a new material.
What’s your greatest achievement?
Working with students from Autonoma a project launched in 2017 and is a glassblowing exchange program in partnership with Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State, Over the last three years Autonoma has invited 15 glassblowers to attend its program in Murano and sent groups of Murano glassblowers to Pilchuck in the hope of injecting a renewed vitality into the lagoon island.
What does the next few years look like for you and what are you most excited about?
The coming years are going to be exciting but not more than the present and the past. I hope we will be able to achieve what we have in mind especially one particular project, at this moment ambitious but might become reality.