Purho: Tribute to Alessandro Mendini

by Ca’ Pisani Boutique Design Hotel in collaboration with AtemporaryStudio
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On the occasion of the third edition of The Venice Glass Week – the international festival dedicated to the art of glass scheduled in Venice from 7 to 15 September 2019 – the Ca’ Pisani Boutique Design Hotel in collaboration with con AtemporaryStudio present “Purho: Tribute to Alessandro Mendini”.

Ca’ Pisani Boutique Design Hotel

The exhibition, designed for the lounge area of the design hotel, was conceived as a small cabinet of curiosities in which the creativity of the renowned designer and architect from Milan comes face to face with the extraordinary potential of Murano glass.
Stimulated by the collaboration with 
Purho, a company that has placed the relationship between blown glass and contemporary design at the centre of its development, between 2014 and 2015 Mendini designed a family of products with complementary characteristics in which slender shapes, matte finishes and organic volumes are enhanced by the rich colours of Murano glass.

Freccia by Alessandro Mendini x Purho

Petalo, Gemello and GemellaFreccia (Petal, Twin Boy and Twin Girl, Arrow), are the names of the models already featured in the Purho catalogue, enriched with regard to the Venetian exhibition by a previously unseen project, the Stelltray available in two sizes – one smaller, the other more spacious – and two colours, indigo and steel grey.

Imagined as a six-pointed star, Stella follows in detail the design specifications shared by Mendini through a series of sketches in which the highly recognisable trait of the master leaves no room for doubt. All revolves around a sequence of unequivocal project notes:“Take care! The shape is regular! “

Gemella / Gemello by Alessandro Mendini x Purho

This series of sketches will be made strictly in black and white, with the exception of what might be considered the colour abacus which is picked out in Alessandro Mendini’s collection of vases for Purho to enrich the exhibition at Ca’ Pisani Boutique Design Hotel open to the public from 7 to 29 September.

Alessandro Mendini has always been fascinated by the delicacy and transparency of glass. Freedom in shapes and colours has been a continuous game for him, which has Revealed a number of spellbinding surprises. His meeting with Andrea Dotto in 2014 produced a small glass collection that adds to the wonderful universe of our father’s objects

Fulvia e Elisa Mendini

Ca’ Pisani Boutique Design Hotel

“Purho: Tribute to Alessandro Mendini”


The Venice Glass Week 2019


Ca' Pisani Boutique Design Hotel

Dorsoduro 979/a, Venezia
7th — 30th September 2019


Opening: 12th September 2019, h. 6.30 pm

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