This spring, our marketing co-coordinator was very fortunate to be able to visit one of Italy’s most beautiful, and iconic cities; Venice.
The trip gave Swift-Morris a great chance to explore and discover local talent, establish exciting new connections with vendors and of course, gain some Venetian inspiration. We believe, there is nothing more stimulating for design creativity than travel!
Venice truly lived up to its expectations providing a degustation of creative inspiration. From the stunning Gothic architecture (such as Doge’s Palace and Palazzo Santa Sofia), to local crafts and fashion (think Venetian masks and lace), to the premier art galleries (including the Peggy Guggenheim Collection), there was Venetian design muse on the corner of every cobbled street and crumbling canal.
A significant highlight of the trip was a guided tour of the world famous Murano Island, where we learned about the creation and the origins of Venetian Murano glass. Keeping with the Venetian stereotype, our tour started with a boat ride via private water taxi to the Island. After arriving in style, a demonstration followed in the factory workshop. It was here that we could see the Murano glass, hand blown before our very eyes. Later we indulged ourselves in the exquisite showrooms where we marveled in the beauty of the one of kind Venetian Chandeliers. While we could not photograph the magnificent creations themselves, we do have many pictures below, including others from our tour to Murano Island.
We hope you enjoy looking through some of the magical moments that we were able to capture in Venice. Ciao for now…
THE GRAND CANAL:
ST MARKS SQUARE:
We love the quatrefoil detail on this ornate façade in St Marks Square. In fact, this gothic architectual feature is currently a very popular motif in furniture and accessories… Keep your eye out for our up-coming trend report featuring quatrefoil!
We think there is nothing more inspirational during Spring-time, than an Italian, flower lined balcony.. Amore!
Venice has a unique raw beauty with its contrasting colors and crumbling canals.
We loved exploring the local boutique’s overflowing with unique handmade creations. The detailing on the Venetian Masks is just magnificent!
Below, a stunning opaque Venetian Chandelier shines with embellishments in spring shades of rose and mint. Fact: Did you know each chandelier is a unique custom design, made up on thousands of pieces of hand blown Murano glass?
Below, vintage Murano glass lamps and decorative bowls in turquoise and cobalt blue catch our eye.
Travelling in style, Swift Morris takes a private water taxi aboard one of the traditionional wooden venetian motorboats.
We couldn’t help but notice that the Italians also love a classic nautical theme – these boat curtains are just too cute!
The famous Millefiori (which means a thousand flowers) is prepared before it is melted down, ready to be blown.
This is the end of our postcards from Venice, but if you enjoyed this blog post, please ‘like’ or follow our us to keep up to date with our future travels, designs projects and inspirations!
Until next time….
-Carol & the Swift-Morris Team