Italy

Carlo Scarpa’s works

The unique and unconventional works of Carlo Scarpa elevated Italian craftsmanship to an intellectual dimension, thanks to his ingenious and refined technological details along with a strong sensibility. Starting with the iconic Olivetti Showroom, Orsoni Venezia 1888’s Venetian Smalti are among the materials used in many of Scarpa’s architectural projects.

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Showroom Olivetti, Venice

In 1958 Adriano Olivetti, an enlightened and visionary entrepreneur, commissioned Carlo Scarpa to create a prestigious exhibition space in Piazza San Marco, Venice. Scarpa designed an ambitious project, a synthesis of technological avant-garde and cultural value. With great harmony, the Olivetti Showroom combines Venetian tradition and architectural modernity, giving life to one of the most important masterpieces of contemporary architecture.

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Using Orsoni Venezia 1888’s Venetian smalti in this project was particularly significant for Carlo Scarpa, who then decided to use them again for new works.

Endless, hand-cut tesserae decorate the Showroom’s floor changing colors and sizes according to the area, in a game of transparencies and reflections that recalls the iridescent surface of the water.

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Brion Tomb, Altivole

Commissioned by Onorina Brion Tomasin, to honor the memory of her late husband, the Brion Tomb and Sanctuary was built between 1970 and 1978 in San Vito d’Altivole, not fare from Treviso.

The 2,000 square meter architectural project includes various elements: flowerbeds, water basins and an elegant garden.

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The identity of this project is characterized by the combination of different materials as concrete and Venetian mosaic.

Conferring a minimalist elegance, Orsoni Venezia 1888’s tesserae cover the perimeter walls; the ceiling of the arch in reinforced concrete, where the tomb is placed; and the iconic double circle, two intertwined circles symbolizing love and encounter.

Hence, the hues of the surrounding environment are reflected and reverberated by the shades of the Venetian smalti and colored golds chosen for the decoration.

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Querini Stampalia, Venice

Architect Carlo Scarpa’s restoration work for the Querini Stampalia Foundation building is based on a balanced combination of new and old elements, along with a great mastery in the combination of materials.

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Small Venetian mosaic tesserae – all handcrafted, unique and different from each other – can be admired in the concrete walls that run along the perimeter of one of the most beautiful gardens in Venice.

Italy

Carlo Scarpa’s works

The unique and unconventional works of Carlo Scarpa elevated Italian craftsmanship to an intellectual dimension, thanks to his ingenious and refined technological details along with a strong sensibility. Starting with the iconic Olivetti Showroom, Orsoni Venezia 1888’s Venetian Smalti are among the materials used in many of Scarpa’s architectural projects.

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Olivetti Showroom, Venice

In 1958 Adriano Olivetti, an enlightened and visionary entrepreneur, commissioned Carlo Scarpa to create a prestigious exhibition space in Piazza San Marco, Venice. Scarpa designed an ambitious project, a synthesis of technological avant-garde and cultural value. With great harmony, the Olivetti Showroom combines Venetian tradition and architectural modernity, giving life to one of the most important masterpieces of contemporary architecture.

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Using Orsoni Venezia 1888’s Venetian smalti in this project was particularly significant for Carlo Scarpa, who then decided to use them again for new works.

Endless, hand-cut tesserae decorate the Showroom’s floor changing colors and sizes according to the area, in a game of transparencies and reflections that recalls the iridescent surface of the water.

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Brion Tomb, Altivole

Commissioned by Onorina Brion Tomasin, to honor the memory of her late husband,
the Brion Tomb and Sanctuary was built between 1970 and 1978 in San Vito d’Altivole, not fare from Treviso. The 2,000 square meter architectural project includes various elements: flowerbeds, water basins and an elegant garden.

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The identity of this project is characterized by the combination of different materials as concrete and Venetian mosaic.

Conferring a minimalist elegance, Orsoni Venezia 1888’s tesserae cover the perimeter walls; the ceiling of the arch in reinforced concrete, where the tomb is placed; and the iconic double circle, two intertwined circles symbolizing love and encounter.

Hence, the hues of the surrounding environment are reflected and reverberated by the shades of the Venetian smalti and colored golds chosen for the decoration.

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Querini Stampalia, Venice

Architect Carlo Scarpa’s restoration work for the Querini Stampalia Foundation building is based on a balanced combination of new and old elements, along with a great mastery in the combination of materials.

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Small Venetian mosaic tesserae – all handcrafted, unique and different from each other – can be admired in the concrete walls that run along the perimeter of one of the most beautiful gardens in Venice.