Murano glass had its heyday from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, when the Venetian island of Murano became Europe’s glassmaking capital, but its popularity has ebbed and flowed over the years. Some may even believe the allure of this delicate art form has faded in the 21st century, but trends suggest otherwise. In 2018, popular design site Remodelista selected Murano glass—with items ranging from elaborate chandeliers to simpler drinking sets—as one of the top 18 design trends of the year.
Celebrated for its rich colors and unique shapes, Murano glass was developed in Venice in the 8th century before production shifted to the island of Murano in 1291 due to the threat of fires in the city. Though design sensibilities have evolved hundreds of years later, the elegance, mystique, and unmatched beauty of the ancient art glass remain. These days, designers and the design-minded are including the age-old tradition in their work, but from a fresh perspective. Rebecca Gardner, a Savannah, Ga., and New York–based events and interior designer, explains that Murano glass is “fine and delicate in form, but wild and confident in color.”