"Polline" Murano Glass Vase / Tall

by Laura Sattin Switzerland


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Estimated production time: 6 weeks

Dimension LxWxH (cm): 23x23x37
Open Editions Material : Murano Glass
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“Polline” is a collection of delicate and elegant Murano Glass vases, mouth blown and shaped free-hand using “oro soffiato” technique (literally “blown gold”) on the clear glass. Tiny golden particles – at times copious, at times sparse – create unique patterns on the surface of the glass and give a warm golden glow in low light, and are brilliant in sunlight. This gold dust reminds of the pollen of flowers, therefore this collection is named “polline”.

Traditionally, in Murano, the masters often use gold leaf for decorating the clear glass, especially in the realisation of classic Venetian chandeliers or goblets. Indeed, the gold helps to keep the glass the right consistency, particularly suitable for complex manual work such as the realisation of small decorative details. The earliest recorded examples of Venetian gold leaf glass date back to the second half of the 15th century.

The gold leaves are generally 8 by 8 cm in size and the quantity of the leaves used depends on the desired final size of the object to be realised. The master glassblower organises the leaves on an iron plate, then the molten glass gets rolled on them and dipped again in the melt. When the master glassblower blows in the pipe, the gold leaves tear apart into small fragments or gold dust, giving a decorative effect.

The gold leaves used are 24k (99.9 % pure gold). Each piece is dated and signed. Sizes and shapes vary slightly and subtle markings and/or small air bubbles may be seen in the glass.


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Weight 5,5 kg
Dimensions 60 × 40 × 40 cm
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About the designer

Laura Sattin

Laura Sattin (1989) is an Italian architect and designer. Born in Vicenza, she studied Architecture between Italy, Switzerland and Japan and now lives and works in Basel. In 2015 she was awarded 1st prize in the international Glass Design competition ‘Un goto per Venezia’ and her set ‘Un giorno in laguna’ was acquired as part of the permanent collection of the Murano Glass Museum. This event marked the beginning of her work with blown glass, which since then she carries on in parallel with her career as an architect. Laura’s deep appreciation for the skills of the master glassblowers guides her research, which focuses on the study of the many different glassblowing techniques. Her glassworks, characterised by the careful combination of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary aesthetics, are objects with simple shapes, which aim to emphasise the peculiarities of the material and the handicraft process. In 2018 Laura Sattin was selected as 1 out of 5 young artists/designers ‘under 30’ invited to exhibit at DESIGNART Tokyo, the largest design event in Japan. Lately, in September 2021, she has been selected by the curator of DesignMiami/ and invited to exhibit her glassworks in a large installation at the DesignMiami/ Basel edition of the fair.

Curated by

Presenting “PROXIMITY”, a collection created in collaboration with Southern Sweden Design Days showcasing a selection of new work from ten designers and studios. As a whole, the collection contemplates the notion of proximity, interconnection, and belonging. Whether through contemporary references to traditional crafts techniques; the use of locally sourced materials such as wool, lichen, steel, and wood; or playful visualisations of the notion itself, the selected pieces illustrate the importance of closeness, interconnection, and kinship in uncertain times. Featuring pieces by Andrea Santivanez, Andréason & Leibel, Ebba Lindgren, Förstberg Ling, Jóna Berglind Stefánsdóttir, Lab La Bla, Lisa Darland, Louise Hederström, Moa Lönn, and Studio M. Organised by Form/Design Center in Malmö, Sweden, Southern Sweden Design Days is an annual event currently in its second edition, which highlights sustainability, collaboration, development, and innovation in design. This year’s theme, as described by the event organisers, “[reflects] on the notion of being close – the connection between people, cities, countries, species, professions, etc”. The physical exhibition of “PROXIMITY” will take place at Lokstallarna, Södra Bulltoftavägen 51, 212 22 Malmö from 19 - 22 May 2022.