Venini was founded in Murano, Italy in 1921 as Cappellin Venini & C. by Venetian antiquarian Giacomo Cappelin and Paul Venini, a Milanese lawyer with an old family tradition in glass. Under its first artistic director, painter Vittorio Zecchin, the company was influenced by avant-garde art. From 1932, Venini became more involved in artistic direction, forging collaborations with artists, architects and designers. The company has continued to integrate with the world of art and design since Venini’s death in 1959, bringing a high level of innovation and experimentation to handmade blown glass. Designers include Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass and Carlo Scarpa, whose glassworks were exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2013. Today, the company has three flagship stores and produces 40,000 items per year.