Since 1888 the Orsoni furnace has been manufacturing Venetian enamels and 24k gold leaf mosaics with a unique charm and a heritage of more than 3500 shades of color.
Which time would be more suitable than the Venice Biennale to visit a place of art, history and magic?
Among the protagonists of the #ArtBiennaleExperience event of this year, the Orsoni Venezia 1888 is the only real-fire furnace active in Venice, since 1888 dedicated to mastering the art of color. More than 3,500 tones and shades of glass mosaics have been developed from the dream of its founder, Angelo Orsoni.
Angelo Orsoni’s dream
Angelo Orsoni was born in the mid-1800s in Murano and he found a job in a glass production furnace. With a great passion for his work, he started specializing in the most demanding disciplines of the production processes: the manufacture of crystal, colored glass and aventurine.
Soon the famous mosaic artist Giandomenico Facchina, who had recently opened a furnace for the manufacture of mosaic tiles, became aware of Orsoni’s talent and he hired him to create colored mosaics.
In 1888 Facchina moved to France, however his student did not follow him not wanting to leave his beloved hometown.
1889 is the year of the Universal Exposition of Paris which brings together the creative excellences from all over the world and the year in which the Liberty style creates a higher demand for the use mosaics, initially used exclusively in the sacred field, then in private architecture.
When in 1889 Orsoni presented his pallet of colors at the Paris exhibition, the furnace was immediately assigned for prestigious jobs: the decoration of the École des beaux-arts, the Trocadéro, the Hotel de la Ville, the famous Teatro de l’Opéra, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Paris, and then the Sanctuary of Lourdes and the Cathedral of Saint Paul in London.
After Angelo’s death, his son Giovanni takes over, carrying on his father’s dream by creating the fabulous mosaic decorations of the Sagrada Familia spiers in Barcelona, the architectural genius project by Antoni Guadì.
The craftsmanship was handed down from father to son: Giovanni collaborated with his son Ruggero, who promoted a new activity: a study for the realization of finished mosaics.
The Color Library: more than 3500 tones and shades
The unique heritage of furnace Orsoni Venezia 1988 is now protected by Riccardo Bisazza,its President, and by Lucio Orsoni, its Honorary President.
Since 2003 the Orsoni furnace has been part of TREND Group, a design company specialized in artistic and industrial mosaic. It is a story destined to entlighed with magic, light and color, tile after tile.
A collection of more than 3500 colors and shades of glass paste enamels is kept in the Biblioteca del Colore of Fornace Orsoni Orsoni Venezia 1988. A library to catalog infinite colors, like precious books.
Among the nuances the most famous is the gold of San Marco, used for the mosaics of the most famous Basilica in the world, an exclusive production of Fornace Orsoni Venezia 1988.
From St. Christopher in Belgium to the Mausoleum of Ataturk in Ankara, from Westminster in London to the golden domes and Buddhas of Bangkok, from the palaces of the Kings in Saudi Arabia to the Forum of Les Halles and the Bassin de la Défense in Paris, to the Pagoda of Grand Palace of the Royals of Thailand, the mosaics of Orsoni are a symbol throughout the world of Venetian craftsmanship.
The furnace Orsoni Venezia 1988 is a unique place for Venice, an alive testimony of how the city shines through its artisan know-how.