LagunaB, the iconic Venetian glassware company founded by the late Marie Brandolini, is heralding in a second chapter under the leadership of her son, Marcantonio Brandolini d’Adda. As CEO and creative director, his vision includes investing in projects that support a range of initiatives, like the design community at large, the environment and the city of Venice.
How are you thinking differently at LagunaB? When my mother moved from Paris to Venice, glassmaking was a way of expressing her creativity. Today, we are releasing more limited-edition pieces but still honoring her vision. Sustainability is also top of mind for us with a new high-energy production facility that allows for more energy efficient manufacturing, in addition to a longstanding partnership with Green Future Project to offset our CO2 emissions.
What about the next generation? We have teamed up with the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington to establish Autonoma, an international glass artist exchange program in Murano. Face-to-face interaction is also important to me, so we have a multifunctional brick and mortar space in the works.
Anything else? Alongside We Are Venice, we recently introduced Vital, which aims to enhance the natural capital of the Venetian Lagoon. Without this important waterway, our company and city would not exist.
MARCANTONIO BRANDOLINI D’ADDA PORTRAIT BY ALESSANDRO TREVISAN; ALL OTHER PHOTOS COURTESY RESPECTIVE COMPANIES
IMAGINATION UNBOUNDThis story is part of a seven-part feature, which taps creatives from around the globe who are breathing new life into traditional craft. Check in as:
- Klove Studio pays homage to the artistic practices of India through lighting
- LagunaB embraces sustainability and revamps Venetian glassware
- Hamza Kadiri breathes new life into woodworking
- The talented artisans of Toast make enduring homewares
- Ecru preserves Arab and Indian craft legacy
- Sanayi313 redefines Turkish craft traditions and techniques
- Jomo Tariku reshapes American craft with global flair