Lanterne Marine by BarberOsgerby
for Venini



Milan 09: Italian glassmakers Venini launched a collection of hand-blown vases by London designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.


Aluminium frames are attached to the vases by a ring where the upper glass component (intended to hold flower stems in place) is inserted into the lower one.


These frames were inspired by vernacular lanterns seen hanging from boats in the Venetian Lagoon when the designers travelled from the mainland to Venini's workshops on the island of Murano.


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The following information is from BarberOsgerby:


Lanterne Marine by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Launched at the Salone Internazionale Del Mobile 2009, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s first major commission for Murano glassmakers Venini are on display at the Venini Showroom in Milan. The six, limited edition, hand-blown, glass vases comprise three vase designs, each available in two colour versions.


It was through the frequent boat trips from the Venetian mainland to the island of Murano that this project was conceived. ‘We were inspired by the metal frames that are used for protecting hanging lamps on boats around the Venetian Lagoon. Metal bands are also used in the construction of the timber posts and buoys that mark the traffic lanes,’ says Osgerby.


The aluminium frames surrounding the vases are intended to evoke the vernacular nautical objects found around Murano. The circular frames are attached to an aluminium disk that separates the base and top. Each base and top are blown in a range of special Venini colours which interlock to create new colours through layering. The open calyx-like tops are intended to hold the flower stems.


Barber and Osgerby’s relationship with Venini began eight years ago whilst designing architectural elements for Stella McCartney’s flagship store in New York. Through the ongoing working relationship, Barber and Osgerby have become fascinated by the elemental nature of glass making and the ancient craft skills of the Venini experts.


‘Lanterne Marine extends the themes that we have been experimenting with in other areas of our work. The project combines explorations of detailed handcraft with engineering. It expands upon our longstand-ing interest in nautical design and our fascination with colour composition, transparency and layering,’ says Barber.


The three vases come in two colour sets:

Set 1:

Vase 1 - green base (white foot), opaque white top, turquoise frame. Size – 591x337mm
Vase 2 - opaline light green base (black foot), opaline orange top, anthracite frame. Size – 520x322mm
Vase 3 - tapla base (black foot), opaline black base, anthracite frame. Size – 471x372mm
Set 2:

Vase 1 - titanium/carbonium base (white foot), opaque yellow top, anthracite frame. Size – 591x337mm
Vase 2 - opaline black base (white foot), opaline light green top, silver frame. Size – 520x322mm
Vase 3 - aquamarine base (white foot), opaline green top, anthracite frame. Size – 471x372mm

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Posted on Thursday May 21st 2009 at 8:32 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • everything is in cage…in Paris, Milan , London , Eindhoven ,Cologne, New York ,Basel, Miami… Everybody is in cage (sometimes a golden luxe cage) even good british designers… this cage is Trend….

  • modular

    I don’t know… there is something on this that I totally love! Great job.

    And yes Z… the cage is a trend these days, but who cares?

  • Bernard

    You should be pit in a cage!

  • lovely…

  • Fish fingers

    The nicest thing they have done imo

  • I like the cages, but wish the vases had come in more interesting shapes.

  • steen 3

    Absolutely beautiful. On the contrary I thing the shapes are super elegant and contrast well with the cages. Great colours too, would be good to see more colourways too….

  • steen 3

    Absolutely beautiful. On the contrary I think the shapes are super elegant and contrast well with the cages. Great colours too, be good to see more colourways…

  • I saw other photos …and i change my previous comment ( but the trend cage is everywhere in lighting and object design)
    It’s not a cage , it’s more a modernize metal structure of XIX venetian ? english? dress on a very Barber Osgerby form + colors (as there are Bouroullec’s forms+ colors…)= identity +differenciation.
    It’s more difficult for designers as Barber Osgerby or Bouroullec because they dunnot use overdecorated design as Wanders and Hayon….but i like the hayon cage “turk” vase too …

  • Nathan

    Strikes me as extremely Bouroullec. That being said, they’re beautiful. I may have missed in the text the reason for the cage — purely aesthetic?

  • Piero S

    I saw these vases in Milan in the Venini showroom. I think that the bottle form comes back from the marble table they did for Cappellini.
    The cages is a very strong concept coming from the language of nautical artifacts and the shapes are really very Barber & Osgerby – Beautiful.

  • hedin

    Wow these are so incredible and new looking. I like these guys. Really powerful shapes and I agree with Prof Z about the Barber Osgerby forms and color.

  • Well i think its a wind up because the first picture is surely a full pint of milk in an old style glass bottle with an orange top protector on to save from birds pecking the foil lid off and a roll over cage around it to save having glass all over the pavement.{which is no longer allowed by health and safety}
    OR its a glass milk bottle shown full for illustration purposes with a catch funnel and an anti-break cage around it so you can place it under a cows udder to enable free filling by gravity as cows should be able to give milk and not have it taken away from them as a freedom of milk issue.
    The second photograph shows an alternative bottle{surely is intended for chocolate milk shake hence the smoked glass} and a different kind of catch funnel for a more mature cow whoose teets are nearer the ground therefore the need of a narrower funnel is adequate whereas the orange funnel in picture one with this particular well endowed beast kept getting knocked off the top off the bottle so the funnel protrudes into the bottle therefore meking much more stable.
    If you can remember bubble gum flavoured slush with that blue colour you`re heading for a revival of that very same taste but in a milk shake available at every well stocked shop soon with the third picture of an empty bottle awaiting filling shown.
    Shown in picture four are a few of the different size and colours in the range for every flavour and consumer and they are intending to supply and if i may draw your attention to the earthenware style alternative to the demi-jon keeping the old cork style top for a scrumpy flavoured milk if one or more of their cows decides they wish to take up the apple and hops an hour diet would be available and of course a cage is desperatly needed havent you seen a cow after some apples n hops.
    On a Saturday night our village pub is over-run with them.
    Further photos show the process of manufacture which involves glass,heat and rushing about to avoid dribbles and breakages and different ideas of funnel and cage shapes to again avoid dribbles,breakages and dissapointment.

  • david h

    Nice one Andrew…. another long night on the sauce