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Venice Gift Guide for the Venetophile in your life!
Many Venetian artisans and small businesses suffered extensive damages in the unprecedented acqua alta flooding in November, so when you invest in their creativity, you are helping them to repair, restart, and recover.
By JoAnn Locktov
December 18, 2019
Editor’s note: JoAnn Locktov is the publisher of the “Dream of Venice” trilogy of photography books about Venice as a contemporary living city.
1. Give the gift of legendary lamp-work beads, handcrafted by Alessia Fuga on the island of Murano. Or book a class and learn to make your own.
2. Give the gift of Venice through the eyes photographer Fabio Bressanello. Or sign up for a photo walk with Fabio when you come to Venice.
3. Give the gift of Venetian vision, OTTICA URBANI has designed handcrafted glasses since
1953. Yes, that's Carlo Scarpa wearing the Tondo glasses.
4. Give the gift of Venetian exuberance with the hand-painted textiles of Helene Ferruzzi.
5. Give the gift of knowledge with an e-course from La Venessiana. History, legends,
market walks, videos, recipes – this collection of e-books will teach you about
the heritage and culture of Venice from the profound perspective of Venetians Iris
Loredana and Lina, her 97 year old beloved nonna who has been studying the
art of Venetian cooking since 1945.
6. Give the gift of modern Murano glass jewelry made by Perlamadre Design using closely-guarded
7. Give the gift of Burano, Italy, seen through the eyes
of photographer Maurizio Rossi.
8. Give the gift of legendary luxury with a handcrafted velvet tote bag from the weaving workshop of Tessiture Bevilacqua Venezia, founded in 1875.
9. Give the gift of precious ceramics, lined in gold from Danghyra.
10. Give the gift of Venetian hospitality; greet your
guests with a quintessential hand-forged doorknocker from the Valese foundry.
11. Give the gift of Venetian sculpture with a hand-carved fórcola (gondola oarlock) from Il Forcolaio Matto di Piero Dri, the youngest remer (oar craftsman), a trade that began in 1307.
12. Give the gift of contemporary graphic design with a silk-screened poster from Small Caps.
13. Give the gift of Venetian decadence with chocolate from VizioVirtù Cioccolateria.
14. Give the gift of handmade wearable
art (and more!) from Raffaella
15. Give the gift of a whirling Dervish vase, from the
architectural minds of KANZ Architetti Design Studio.
16. Give the gift of illumination with a Fortuny lamp, handcrafted in Venice and inspired by Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949).
17. Give the gift of restoration with a membership to Fondazione Querini Stampalia Venezia.
(Editor's note: See: "Scarpa and Botta Interventions Severely Damaged in Venice Floods: Fondazione Querini Stampalia initiates fundraising for restoration of its architectural and cultural treasures," by JoAnn Locktov, on ArchNewsNow.com.)
18. Give the gift of anonymity with a mask from Ca'
19. Give the gift of adventure, book a private "Arts & Crafts" tour with Luisella Romeo’s See Venice guided tours – meet the finest Venetian artisans and learn about their process.
20. Give the gift of 15th century romance with a tabarro (cape) and il cappello di “Ezra Pound” from Tabarro San Marco.
JoAnn Locktov is the publisher of the Dream of Venice trilogy, including Dream of Venice Architecture. A portion of the proceeds from every book sold is donated to Fondazione Querini Stampalia. See Saxon Henry’s “Raw Elegance in Black and White: Q&A with JoAnn Locktov” on ArchNewsNow.com, an interview about the final book in the trilogy, Dream of Venice in Black and White.
Also by Locktov on ArchNewsNow: Scarpa and Botta Interventions Severely Damaged in Venice Floods: Fondazione Querini Stampalia initiates fundraising for restoration of its architectural and cultural treasures.
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1. Alessia Fuga handcrafted glass beads
2. Striking images by photographer Fabio Bressanello
3. OTTICA URBANI has designed handcrafted glasses since 1953 (Carlo Scarpa wearing Tondo glasses)
4. Helene Ferruzzi hand-painted textiles
5. La Venessiana collection of e-books about the heritage and culture of Venice
6. Perlamadre Design modern Murano glass jewelry
7. Dramatic photographs by Maurizio Rossi
Tessiture Bevilacqua Venezia
8. Tessiture Bevilacqua Venezia weaving workshop offers handcrafted velvet tote bags and more
9. Danghyra ceramics lined in gold
10. Valese foundry offers hand-forged doorknockers and more
11. Il Forcolaio Matto di Piero Dri offers hand-carved fórcola (gondola oarlock) hand carved by Dri, the youngest remer (oar craftsman) in Venice
12. Small Caps publishes contemporary silk-screened posters
13. VizioVirtù Cioccolateria chocolates (Venetian decadence at its best)
14. Raffaella Brunzin handmade wearable art
15. KANZ Architetti Design Studio offers architectural decorative accessories (Dervish vase pictured), lighting, and tableware
16. Fortuny lamps handcrafted in Venice
Fondazione Querini Stampalia
17. Fondazione Querini Stampalia membership will help with the restoration of the flood-damaged cultural complex (including interventions by Carlo Scarpa and Mario Botta)
18. Ca' Macana Venetian masks handmade from papier-mâché using classic techniques
19. Luisella Romeo’s See Venice guided tours include "Arts & Crafts" tour of some of the finest Venetian artisans
Tabarro San Marco
20. Tabarro San Marco offers a range of tabarri (capes) and cappelli (hats - "Ezra Pound" pictured)
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