Barovier e Toso
Barovier e Toso was formed in 1936, after the merger of the Barovier Company and Ferro Toso’s furnaces. Ercole Barovier remained with the studio and continued to produce works that are considered today to be truly special and rare. Some of the more modern improvements to Barovier e Toso are credited to Angelo Barovier, the equally creative son of Ercole, who inherited the company in 1960. Angelo’s approach to managing the business also meant maintaining a connection to the constant changes, or improvements in glassmaking techniques, and displaying the ability to think creatively, to redesign older pieces or product customized designs to match the clients’ needs. Under his direction, Barovier e Toso adapted and took on modernized approaches while remaining heavily connected to tradition. They are now regarded as one of the largest and most reliable glassmaking firms, and can be found in art and fashion studios, hotels, or highly influential spaces around the world.
A prominent style and period in art that was developed in the early 1900’s and steadily spread across Western Europe and America until the 1930’s. Pieces made in this style were exhibited in Paris at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs Industriels et Mordernes from which the genre borrows its name. The emergence of Art Deco is most often viewed as the continuation or response to Art Nouveau, and was regarded as the antithesis to traditional art styles because its intention was to produce pieces representing luxury and elegance. Artists who were inspired by this style drew reference from styles, cultures or concepts that were often contradictory. Art Deco’s influence is visible across many art forms, from glass art to sculpture, architecture to fashion, dance to illustrative or graphic art. Art Deco, evoked a period of creation where artist attempted to go against traditional techniques, and sought out modernity and crafted pieces representative of excess, luxury and elegance. Art Deco is quoted as dying out by 1940, but its influence returned throughout the 1960’s and can still be seen in the arts, fashion and design of today.