I can’t believe it was almost three years ago that I was travelling the USA and Europe seeking inspiration for my One World Lighting collection and filming ‘Shaynna’s World of Design’.
My search took me to the most wonderful destinations, including the historic Orsoni glass factory in Venice, and Italy’s world famous home of glass blowing – Murano Island.
Home of a phenomenal library of glass tiles in every hue imaginable, Orsoni is rarely open to the public so I gained a unique insight into how they create their iconic glass tiles, and I was able to see glass that was originally commissioned for legendary Catalan architect Gaudi, famous for integrating ceramics and stained glass into his works.
Orsoni also holds a special place in my heart because it evoked memories of my Dad Basil, a dedicated craftsman who turned his hand to all sorts of artisanal pursuits including lead lighting. He would have loved to work in the Orsoni factory and make hand-cut glass tile pictures.
Travelling on a very rickety boat to Murano Island I witnessed the artisans hand blowing glass, and talked to them about creating a proto type for one of my lamps. Being among artisans and talking about form and colour was an incredible experience that I’ll never forget.
My mission to soak up the magic of Italian design paid dividends and I carried elements of what I observed en route through to the designs for my lighting range.