Piero Figura

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Milanese by adoption, graduated in architecture in Rome, sculptor, painter, designer, interior decorator, antiques dealer, art director, set designer and costume designer, he creates objects that are the realization of couplings and interlocking shapes that bounce from Wunderkammer of Rudolf II to the baroque collections of Ambras, from the surrealism of Dali and Cocteau to the fabulous Russian tales and the 50s exoticism. At first fashion designers, then young scenography professor in the faculty of architecture and at IED (European Institute of Design), Piero Figura becomes antiques dealer in Milan starting to mix and modify different objects.
two collections were born from the collaboration with Gianni Seguso: Balocchi di Vetro, multiform works close to the complex “object meraviliosi” commissioned for the parade and the great kings of the Renaissance, and “Tales of Murano, where the artist plays with human figures recalling the stories of our memory

Tales of Murano

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Frog

Frog

Bear

Bear

Elephant

Elephant

Owl

Owl

Devil

Devil

Hen

Hen

Parrot

Parrot

Fish

Fish

Pig

Pig

Spider

Spider

Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros

Mouse

Mouse

Bull

Bull

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Glass Toys

Once upon a time…

… we could start off like this when talking of the “Vetri di Murano” collection devised and designed by the eclectic artist Piero Figura and created by the well known Murano Master Glassblower Gianni Seguso.

Their functional sculptures, with dragons, Minotaurs, unicorns, corals, etc., appear to come straight from fairy tales, legends, or a precious Wunderkammer…

… may the story begin!!

Balocchi di Vetro

Basilic

Vase / Candlestick (H. 21,7 in.)

Single or mirrored if in pair, this candlestick has the shape of a "horn of plenty" with an albino basilisk on top.
It transforms into a vase when the gilded drip-ring is removed.

Balocchi di Vetro

cagliostro

Flask (H. 63 in.)

Takes its name from the famous alchemist the Count of Cagliostro.
A true container wher it would have been possible to place the long-sought liquid for the philosopher's stone.
The upper central cap can be romoved to allow the introduction of liquids or other substances.

Balocchi di Vetro

chimera

Bottle/ Vase (H. 31,5 in.)

Inspired by oriental mythology, with the Dragon in an everlasting pursuit of the Pearl that it may never seize.
In this case, the oriental sinuosity and form of a dragon, is deliberatelly contrasted by one with a gothic appearance.

Balocchi di Vetro

Elisir

Horn / glass (H. 30,7 in.)

A horn that seems to contain some kind of precious elixir, perhaps produced by the famous alchemist Count Balsamo.
This potion is protected by an attractive ruby-colored cap, wich is nothing but a glass, the only instrument to drink The Magic potion.

Balocchi di Vetro

Excalibur

Flask / Vase (H. 59 in.)

Inspired by the famous Sword, clearly reworked and corrected, may serve as a container for liquids or as a vase.
Serves as a floorflower vase if the ornate handle is removed

Balocchi di Vetro

Merlino

Flask (H. 59 in.)

Inspired by the famous wizard of King Arthur's court, this container could house all his magic fluids.The upper cap can be removed to allow the introduction of liquids or other substances.

Balocchi di Vetro

Mille Leghe Sotto I Mari

5-flame candlestick (H. 33,5 in.)

Inspired by Jules Verne's tale, it seems to recall the candlesticks tthat decorated and lit the Pantagruelian table of Capitan Nemo's imaginary submarine.

Balocchi di Vetro

Narvalo

Obelisk (H. 39,4 in.)

Depicts a kind of unicorn, part of a cetacean of the icy seas, used for breaking up blocks of ice.
Nowadays it's a talisman sought after by Wunderkemmer enthusiasts.

Balocchi di Vetro

Nautilus

Bowl (H. 34.6 in.)

This object recalls the shells in Jules Verne' tales, which become wrappers and containers, all softened by a pistil with a tip that gives to the object elegance and refinement.

Balocchi di Vetro

Pandora

Box (D. 17,7 in.)

Box inspired by the famous container of the knowledge of good and evil: this was the origin of the lock with the shape of a goddes' face that can not be opened: in fact, it can only be opened using a handle above.

Balocchi di Vetro

Taurus

Vase (H. 23,6 in.)

Starting from a classic, simple vase and adding a few "colourless touches", emerges the figure of an improbable and legendary Minotaur.

Balocchi di Vetro

Topkapi

Obelisk (H. 27,5 in.)

Like the emeralds of the istanbul museum, the rhinoceros is made from a block of emerald green glass and supports on its back an obelisk surrounded by plots of red corals, all to create a valuable and superstitious object, as all the obelisks are.

Balocchi di Vetro

Trilly

Rattle (H. 21.7 in.)

The name recalls that of Peter Pan's shimmering, shrill and inseparable friend, when removed from its base it becomes a "rattle for grown ups", composed of a handle and a ruby-coloured sphere, splattered with golden bells.

Balocchi di Vetro

Wunderkammer

Box (H. 19,7 in.)

Almost a magic "box of wonders" to open gently without flying off the golden moth that guards it.
This is a real piece of art almost impossible to realize because of the unusual use of transparencies, balls, spikes and chromatic schemes.

Balocchi di Vetro

Casanova

Chandelier (H. 55 in. D. 59 in.)

Thinking back to the glories, courtiers, banquets and flavour of Venice, home to history's best-known lover, a fantastical, romantic chandelier is born encapsulating the essence of time.

Balocchi di Vetrov

Trottole-ametista

Chandelier (H. 43,3 in.)

Spins, whirls and spirals: a kind of projection made of contrails, the spins suspended in the air. An object that, while winking to modernity, remains a sort of deconstructed clessic Ca Rezzonico chandelier, an enchantment of lights and reflections which chase each other in a fairy tale, where wirls are vitrified by some kind of spell.

Balocchi di Vetro

Trottole-giallo

Chandelier (H. 43,3 in.)

Spins, whirls and spirals: a kind of projection made of contrails, the spins suspended in the air. An object that, while winking to modernity, remains a sort of deconstructed clessic Ca Rezzonico chandelier, an enchantment of lights and reflections which chase each other in a fairy tale, where wirls are vitrified by some kind of spell.

Balocchi di Vetro

Trottole-rosso

Chandelier (H. 43,3 in.)

Spins, whirls and spirals: a kind of projection made of contrails, the spins suspended in the air. An object that, while winking to modernity, remains a sort of deconstructed clessic Ca Rezzonico chandelier, an enchantment of lights and reflections which chase each other in a fairy tale, where wirls are vitrified by some kind of spell.

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