Carlo Scarpa: Glass of an Architect
Glass was viewed as raw material for experiment and research by the famous Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa, who felt the challenge of this vastly ... Show synopsis Glass was viewed as raw material for experiment and research by the famous Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa, who felt the challenge of this vastly suggestive age-old art. The volume is the first catalogue raisonne and the entire index of the over four hundred artistic glass pieces executed by the great architect between 1927 and 1947 for the Murano glassmaking firms of Giacomo Cappellin and Paolo Venini. The works represent an important part of the early years of his activity: over three hundred pieces, often unique prototypes, they show Scarpa's exceptional designing inventiveness and an incredible variety of typologies and decorative types, from the "lattimi" (milk-white opaque glass) to the "a incalmo" (grafted) series, from "Phoenician" decoration to other famous styles such as "tessere" (mosaic-like pieces) and "a bollicine" (tiny bubbles). Essays by Marino Barovier, Tobia Scarpa, Luciano Gemin, Gigi Scarpa, Alain Irvine, Sergio Polano, Marina Barovier and Ferruccio Franzoia retrace Scarpa's singular artistic experience through his creations, which are outstanding in their research in materials, their synthesis of forms and early modernity. The book also provides an interesting opportunity to compare Scarpa's activity as designer and as architect, combining curiosity, meticulousness and the urge to experiment, whether in creating small object or in measuring himself with the most demanding architectural project.