Venini Glass Chandelier by Ludovico Diaz de Santillana (1931-1989)
Our massive and rare chandelier, approximately 60 in (152 cm) across, was designed by Ludovico Diaz de Santillana (1931-1989) for Venini, circa 1970. It features a chromium plated hexagonal shaped frame with 52 suspended tubes of clear glass arranged in four intersecting bands of 13 tubes, and four light sockets.
The artist was the husband to Anna Venini, daughter of Paolo Venini, and father to Laura Diaz De Santillana who designed glass vases for the firm. In 1960 he became the artistic director of the firm following the death of Paolo Venini. An accomplished designer himself, he also recruited notable American designers to Venini including Thomas Stearns and Ken Scott. He is also known for his collaborations with Tobia Scarpa.
This particular design was also produced in a smaller size, approximately 23.5 in, 60 cm across, with 20 glass tubes.