The Venturi Collection by Lara Bohinc at the Bauer Hotel Artist Residency
Lara Bohinc’s collection is inspired by her encounters with Venice . Metal frames hold Bohinc’s Murano glass vases and are reminiscent of the foundations upon which Venice was built: the metal is strong, rigid and geometric; the glass like water, being fluid, organic and irrepressible.
This playful twist on the foundations of Venice is the inspiration behind this collection – a marriage of opposites is also found in the Hotel Bauer’s modern and neogothic architecture, in seamless union in spite of their different architectural movements. And like Venice, The Bauer is host to a set of dichotomies – the embodiment of contradictions and geometry with the organic – a theme that Bohinc expresses in this collection.
Venice is synonymous with water and glass is the perfect material to represent this, also being one of the city’s most celebrated materials and traditions.The voluptuous forms in this body of work are blown from within a metal cage and this style also features in traditional Venetian sculptural glass.
Bohinc has created the Venturi Collection in ruby red, rose, sapphire and white filigrana glass, with the metal frames glazed in bronze. The process of hand blown glass forms unique, organic pieces and Bohinc oversaw their production at Murano’s artisanal workshop Massimiliano Schiavo Art Team.
“glass is a fascinating material which goes through many stages in its production. it begins with earth (silica powder), through fire (furnace) and air (blown glass), transcending into something fluid. then when cooled, it becomes hard like a rock again, as if all the elements have become one. i enjoyed the unpredictable nature of the process and being totally immersed in venice’s heritage, which inspired the vocabulary of this collection.” Lara Bohinc