The Vistosi Story
The Vistosi name enjoys a long lineage of glassmaking in the Venetian tradition, dating as far back as the 1500s when artist guilds were the order of the day. Since then, the company has become one of Italy’s most prestigious and prolific glass lighting manufacturers, with a particular emphasis on exploring the strength, quality and versatility of hand-blown glass.
The brand evolved in 1945 when Guglielmo Vistosi opened a new glassworks studio in Murano, shifting the concentration of the company to designing lighting fixtures. Then in 1989, the artisanal expertise of Vistosi met the business savvy of the Moretti family, combining forces and forming the company we see today. As a result, Vistosi aims to meet the demands of advancing technology by investing in new methods of production compatible with the historical craft of glassmaking.
Why We Love Vistosi Lighting
A major breakthrough occurred in 1967, when designer Angelo Mangiarotti developed the now famous hand-blown crystal hook, taking on many different forms in Vistosi’s collection. This success displayed the quality and fortitude of Vistosi’s glass composition, putting a spotlight on the brand’s dedication to discovering new ways to work with the material. Constantly researching the illuminative properties of glass and rich metals, Vistosi is able to create a repertoire of inheritable designs with unparalleled quality.
Fun Facts About Vistosi Lighting
Since 1690 there has been a Vistosi crafting handmade Murano glass in Venice, Italy. This was further legitimized in 1791, when a Vistosi artisan was named the lead delegate of furnace owners on the island of Murano.
Noteworthy Products from Vistosi Lighting
A 1967 design by Angelo Mangiarotti, the Vistosi Giogali Pendant is composed of interlocking crystal hooks, each one handcrafted with a strong structural integrity and sparkling illumination. Each connecting piece is composed of Vistosi’s lead-free glass, reinforcing the durability and clarity of the material once lit. The bent hooks are suspended from a tiered structure, eventually tapering inward at the bottom to obscure the interior light source, emitting only the luxurious brilliance of the crystal.