The Italian designer Carlo Nason was born in 1935
in Murano, into a family of expert
His father, Vincenzo Nason, ran the famous glass company Nason/Moretti and opened
a second glass company under the name Vincenzo Nason & C in 1941.
From an early age, the young Nason was trained in the art of glassblowing, learning
both the properties of the material and the craft techniques used in glass moulding
The first objects designed by Nason date from 1959 and are part of a collection
of blow-moulded vases produced by V Nason & C. Today, they are housed in the
Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.
Driven by his passion for design, particularly for cleanliness and geometry of form,
he decided in the 1960s to distance himself from the family business, which mainly
specialised in highly traditional and ornate decorative objects. Nason shifted his
focus to the design of glass lighting in a modernist language.
Nason intended to produce his first models himself in small series, but soon his
spirit of experimentation and innovation attracted the attention of Murano glass
manufacturer A. V. Mazzega, and the company invited him to collaborate on new
collections. The partnership lasted from 1965 until the 1980s and resulted in a range
of iconic lighting designs still in demand today. Alongside the collaboration with
A. V. Mazzega, Nason also created designs for other leading Murano glassworks
He continued to create designs in the 1980s and 1990s, and also worked as a
consultant for Casinos Austria, and later as a photographer. His work has been
exhibited over the decades in numerous museums and art and design galleries in
Paris, Milan and New York.