The time-transcending quality of Mariano Fortuny’s work in the early part of the twentieth century led to him being cited as a major influence of many talented designers that have since followed.
That could not be more apparent than in the case of Lino Lando and the Venetian family business he runs with his sons Luca and Matteo. After years of fastidiously studying Fortuny’s techniques, Lino founded the high-end lighting and fashion company, Venetia Studium.
Established in 1984, Venetia Studium’s connection to the city of Venice and the shared cultural influences with Mariano Fortuny are integral to their creative vision.
Headquartered at Palazzo Zuccato, an 18th century palace in the heart of the city’s most elegant and attractive shopping and fashion district, Venetia Studium looks to encompass the array of influences and cultures that Fortuny sought to incorporate into his work. From the classical styles of 15th and 16th century Venetian art to the other-worldly riches of Islamic, Persian and Spanish cultures.
Today, Venetia Studium and Fortuny are very much viewed as two sides of the same coin. Two iconic names that intertwine with such grace in a remarkable project that continues to revive and create products inspired by Fortuny, including his famous lamp designs.
In fact, these lamps are produced exclusively by Venetia Studium, the only company in the world with the entitlement to use this trademark. Venetia Studium continues to maintain the secret balance of the lamps’ timeless beauty and technical sophistication.
Fortuny’s love for exploration and experimentation, particularly his interest in non-western cultures always nourished his work. Whilst the Fortuny lamps often referenced the oriental styles both in technical and pattern design, his attention later turned to Kimonos, a beautiful form of informal indoor wear that became widely popular in the West towards the end of the 19th century.
This new focus offered Fortuny a chance to delve further into Japanese culture. An opportunity the “Master of Fabrics” seized as he perused pattern designs from a plethora of varying periods and regions.
Even in his other dresses, he utilised the characteristics of the Kimono, with the long hem on the Delphos dress (arguably his most famous work) being likened to that of the formal Uchikake kimono.
Venetia Studium continues to produce such kimonos in the style of Fortuny, as Lino Lando and his two sons continue to unlock the imagination behind Fortuny’s products by utilising the very same techniques (a serigraphic process utilising wooden printing blocks and silkscreen) that were used at the time.
Such modern takes on Fortuny’s classic pieces truly preserve the beauty and ingenuity of the Spaniard’s work. Venetia Studium set out in 1984 with a clear ambition to create products that speak in the universal language of fine craftsmanship, complex details, and good taste, just as Mariano Fortuny would have wanted.