As he was strolling around the Venetian lagoon, Napoleone Martinuzzi saw a lily and instantly fell in love with its graceful shapes. He then turned it into a new glassmaking technique.
A sculptor, designer, and entrepreneur in the glassmaking industry, Napoleone Martinuzzi was trained at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice.
Gabriele D’Annunzio’s favourite, he started creating several works for the latter in 1917.
From 1922 to 1931, he directed the Glassmaking Museum in Murano. Then, he began working for the company Succ. Andrea Rioda and founded “Vetri Soffiati Muranesi Venini & C.” with Paolo Venini and Francesco Zecchin, where he became the artistic director.
After an initial period in which he continued working with the artistic concepts of his predecessor Vittorio Zecchin, creating beautiful pieces in hand-blown glass, he started elaborating his own style which derives from his experience as a sculptor.
In 1932, he left VENINI and founded “Zecchin-Martinuzzi Vetri Artistici e Mosaici” with Francesco Zecchin. Here, he created pieces in refined, matt and pulegoso glass with a remarkable plastic effect.