Elle Décor (USA)

F&M BALLARIN

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FOUNDERS Francesco and Mario Ballarin

HISTORY Brothers Francesco, 90, and Mario, 80, still actively participat­e in the business, working alongside their offspring to oversee new designs. Since 1997, Mario’s son Angelo has run the company; his children Lisa and Cristian have now joined him.

SIGNATURE STYLE

Old-world respect meets experiment­ation. The company continues to push the boundaries of Murano glass, for example, by manipulati­ng borosilica­te (Pyrex) to create contempora­ry forms while employing historical Venetian glassblowi­ng techniques, such as molatura (grinding), engraving, and gold leaf.

NEWS Even during the beginning of the pandemic, Ballarin kept the furnaces running to produce glassware for online orders. The forthcomin­g Avventura line of vases, lamps, glasses, and bottles, launching in July, will fuse two methods: murrinas, or millefiori, small cylindrica­l glass rods that are melted, cut, and arranged into floral compositio­ns; and the Canne technique of glass rods melted and blown together.

 ??  ?? FROM LEFT: Carnevale vase by Angelo Ballarin, 2013; cofounder Francesco Ballarin; a selection of tools.
FROM LEFT: Carnevale vase by Angelo Ballarin, 2013; cofounder Francesco Ballarin; a selection of tools.

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