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In My Dream Home:: Murano Glass Chandeliers

I’ve been thinking about Murano glass chandeliers ever since I saw this Murano-style chandelier ($2,278) last night on the Zinc Door website.


 

Isn’t that gorgeous? Here’s an actual red Murano glass chandelier ($3,556) that I’ve had a bit of a design crush on for well over four years now. (I even blogged about it way back here.)


 

Just take a look at that depth of color! Just amazing!

Now if you’ve been around A2D long enough, you know that I am admittedly cheap. I’m actually kind of proud of my penny-pinching ways. But I will freely admit that if I ever had the opportunity to build a really nice home, and I had the money in the bank, a Murano glass chandelier is something that I would actually consider splurging on. To me, it’s like saving up to splurge on a really nice piece of artwork from a favorite artist. Murano glass chandeliers are nothing if not pieces of artwork!

Murano glass chandelier used in a kitchen, from Novogratz

 

Actual Murano glass comes from the island of Murano off the coast of Venice. The island has been known for its glassmaking for centuries.

Blue Murano chandelier used in a bedroom, from Apartment Therapy

 

Murano became the center of glassmaking in 1291 when the Venetian Republic decreed that all of the foundaries had to be moved to the island of Murano. They feared that if the foundaries were allowed to stay in the city, they risked a fire that could totally destroy the city.

Modern dining room with Murano glass chandelier by Lisa Ferguson Interior Design

 

According to Wikipedia…

Murano’s glassmakers were soon the island’s most prominent citizens. By the 14th century, glassmakers were allowed to wear swords, enjoyed immunity from prosecution by the Venetian state, and found their daughters married into Venice’s most affluent families. However glassmakers were not allowed to leave the Republic.

Ha! Isn’t that interesting? Their craft allowed them to live like royalty (okay, that may be a bit of an overstatement) as long as they stayed, but made them a criminal if they left.

Dark and cozy bedroom with white Murano glass chandelier, by Pulp Design Studios

 

Dining room with Murano glass chandelier ($2,940), via Design Within Reach

 

Turquoise Murano glass chandelier ($2,940), via Design Within Reach

 

So do you share my love of Murano glass chandeliers? If not, what is that one item that you would consider splurging on for your own home?



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    Kaththee
    February 29, 2012 at 10:35 am

    You have already ”built a really nice house” with the sweat of your brow! I can understand not buying something because it is too expensive and not in the budget but your house could certainly do that chandelier justice. Your house is absolutely gorgeous and if anyone deserves it you do. You have saved money everywhere else. That is why we bargain hunt and DIY so we can splurge on a couple of things that truly move us. Sure you can make a room beautiful with an 80’s brass chandelier, spray paint, elbow grease, and some string, but every once in a while a woman just needs to splurge on some sparkly thing. If you get the chance, I say go for it with this house. If any house is worthy, yours certainly is.

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    Mrs Mike
    February 29, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I’ve never seen this before, but they are absolutely beautiful!! I tend be thrifty as well, but I absolutely agree that there are some pieces worth investing in. As a renter, I’m very conscious of things that may not work in other spaces, but if it was my forever home, I think this is something that I could make work. 🙂

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    gertie @ The Old Block House
    February 29, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I’ve never seen Murano chandeliers before, but love them! The turquoise chandelier is gorgeous.

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    RAREculture
    March 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Murano chandeliers are beautiful in every circumstances. But you choose some of the most beautiful I think.

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    Italian Glass Chandeliers
    April 23, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Italian glass chandeliers can easily be paired with both modern and antique furniture style with delightful results.

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