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Tomaso Buzzi

Sondrio in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, 1900-1981
Architect, urban planner, glass, furniture and landscape designer, and interior decorator, 20th-century. He studied at the Milan Polytechnic. Buzzi, along with his frequent collaborator Gio Ponti, led Italys Novecento Milanese movement of the 1920s and 30s. Buzzi is prized for his chairs, tables and other furnishings that expressed the majestic lines of 18th-century designs. The creator is best known for the remarkable, jewel-toned glassware he produced in a two-year stint as the artistic director of the Venini glassworks on the Venetian island of Murano. The forms of his wares were inspired by sources from antiquity as diverse as Persian urns and animal-shaped Etruscan jugs. Buzzi developed a complex glass-layering method that produced deep, glowing pastel colors that ran from pink to peach, to sea-green and slate blue.