Simone Cenedese's father Giovanni was born into a family of glassmakers on Murano...and as is often tradition in Italy, son followed in his ancestor's footsteps. In the 1970s Giovanini opened his own furnace, wishing to combine ancient tradition with modern technology and know-how. His son Simone was born on Murano in 1973, and learned from his father the secrets of Venetian glass blowing and art. His unique passion, creativity and artistic vision has lead him to become one of the most in-demand artists working in glass on Murano today, and his work can be viewed in collections all around the world.
We didn't know any of this walking in to his factory and showroom, but it didn't take long to realize we were seeing true artistry at work!
After viewing smaller pieces in one showroom, we were asked if we wanted to see more elsewhere. Absolutely! Although the small pieces were beautiful, they weren't exactly what we were looking for. The next room, however, was filled with chandeliers and lighted glass pieces! Some were ultra-modern in style, while others blended traditional Venetian styles with a more modern touch.
My sweetie David and I both were drawn to one piece almost instantaneously. It had the classical look he loved, with a whimsical unique and modern sensibility that appealed to me. We weren't sure we wanted to ask "how much" at first, but when we did we were honestly surprised by the price. No, it wasn't cheap, but it was actually less than what we had been quoted elsewhere, and not directly on a factory floor. The price would also include shipping and insurance, and we would only need to put down a portion in order to have our order placed and for work to begin on the piece.
We debated for a while, looked at a similar but slightly larger design, wondered if we should think on it and return later. But I think we both just had the feeling this was the right one for us. It would be a considerable investment for our home, but something that would be an absolute treasure to enjoy for the rest of our lives. We decided to go for it, and the next step was deciding on specifics of glass color, style, and size of the piece. We mulled over different possibilities for a time and decided that the showroom model would actually match perfectly with our wall colors at home - and if it didn't, we'd rather repaint the walls than pick a chandelier color that wouldn't work!
Before finalizing the order and paperwork, we were also able to take a tour of Simone's factory floor and assembly facilities. This was wonderful as Simone himself was there and working on an order, and we were able to watch him at work for some time - David even got a photograph with him when he finally could take a break from his work. We then were shown how the glass pieces were polished and finished after coming out of the furnace in one room; then how the metal and electrical pieces were assembled and tested in another; finally a shipping preparation room where all orders were packaged for shipment around the world on a regular basis. All of this openness and professionalism really convinced us that we were definitely making the right choice with our purchase.
We left that afternoon with a receipt, a lot of anticipation, and a promise that we should have our chandelier ready for shipment within two months time. Of course, the next step would be actually installing it in place...