The Serena family has a very ancient history: in 1517, a member of the family petitioned the Republic of Venice in order to open a glassmaker workshop called “alla Sirena”, the Mermaid, which soon became his family name. The Serena family was among the fi rst three families in Murano to make the small Venetian island famous thanks to a glassmaking technique called “fi ligree”, one of the most fascinating products of the Renaissance in Murano. In the fi rst half of the Nineteenth century, a member of the Serena family designed the majestic chandelier that, nowadays, still hangs in the main hall of the Murano Glass Museum palace. Later, thanks to Giovanni Serena’s mastery of latticework and fi ligree glass, a prestigious collection of two thousand glasses was designed for Queen Victoria’s wedding. Tradition and innovation, combined with constant research and master craftsmanship, have been the values of the Serena families for centuries. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the family moved on the mainland, at Spilimbergo, the city of origin of many mosaic artists who, since the sixteenth century, had worked on St. Mark’s Basilica and on many Venetian palaces.
Nowadays, blown glass and artistic mosaic are the key elements that characterise Serena Luxury Mosaic, the up-and-coming exponent of the traditional Italian art of luxury blown glass.
Born in 1987, after studying architecture Michelangelo Serena rediscovered the potential of his ancestors’ traditions, combining them with skilful craftsmanship. His fascination with these two elements brought him to hand and follows its production in one of Murano’s oldest glassmaker workshops. The pieces are then finished in the Spilimbergo lab, where Michelangelo applies the mosaic tiles with the help of a group of talented mosaicists. The unique nature of this process as well as the characteristics of the materials themselves ensure that the shape and colour of the blown glass, combined with the shape and placement of the magical mosaic tiles, create one-of-a-kind masterpieces.
“My project starts from ancient traditions and is realised with the help of the latest technological innovations, which allows me to give a new, lighter dimension to the mosaic by applying the tiles on the glass with a specific transparent glue”, adds Michelangelo Serena.
There are different creative lines, combining elegant and precious materials, original shapes and practicality: Design Collection: a contemporary line, the result of many experiments that ensure the transparency of the mosaic on the glass and the highest harmony of shapes and colours; Art Collection: a classic design, figurative mosaic, based on past icons reinterpreted according to Serena Luxury Mosaic’s masterful techniques: like the most famous vase in Murano history, “The Veronese”, covered in more than one thousand tiles. A homage to the history of art. Tableware Collection: a series of pieces dedicated to your table, customised according to each client’s needs. “Practical” masterpieces, that can be used to serve food; Light Collection: this collection has been developed in order to enhance the combination of light, blown glass and gold mosaic, creating masterpieces with steel structures covered in 24 carat gold.
This project combines different creative aspects by joining two very important techniques, blown glass and mosaic, which sublimates the final result. Colourful sculptures by day, at night the lamps become glittering masterpieces when the light is turned on and enhances every reflection. “My commitment and my passion lie in developing a family project, keeping its creative roots alive and combining it with a contemporary approach to creativity”, confirms Michelangelo Serena. “The result is always a masterpiece, whose details are highlighted by the combination of two of the most exclusive and ancient Italian arts”.