At 1045 Fondamenta di Cannaregio, high old walls conceal, as if to protect it, the charm of the 19th century Angelo Orsoni furnace, dedicated to the production of smalti and gold leaf mosaic and purchased by Trend in 2003.
After stepping over the threshold of the ancient door, one encounters the magic of a unique setting where time seems to have stood still.The fire, the furnace, the used crucibles, every corner, every detail, reveals part of the fascinating secret of the traditional crafting of glass for mosaic.The history of Orsoni is the unique and unrepeatable history of an art craft that has handed down mysterious alchemies for four generations and it has revived the old crafts of Byzantine gold leaf mosaic and the pure smalti of Murano’s Renaissance.
Following the rhythm of the craftsmen, every day quintals of coloured enamels and gold leaf mosaics leave the old factory at Cannaregio to decorate works of art, private spaces and public settings all over the world.
Bearing witness to the Orsoni’s love of mosaic art and to the decades of meticulous formulae for combining light and colour, the “colour library”, adjacent to the furnace, preserves an infinite number of tones and shades that go far beyond our imagination.The Orsoni name is linked to the realisation of important works such as the Trocadéro and the Basilica of the Sacre Cœur in Paris, Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, San Marco in Venice and many other mosaic masterpieces in Arab and Oriental culture.
Today, with respect for the authentic and symbolic value of mosaic tradition, plays of colour and geometrical patterns are translated into collections with strong material sensations for contemporary and evocative decorative solutions.The Orsoni smalti collections thus extend the use of this precious material, traditionally dedicated to mosaic art, enhancing design possibilities with new creative ideas.Besides the introduction of new products, Orsoni’s lively spirit is also confirmed by ambitious projects aiming to transmit and spread the mosaic art to emerging artists Since 2004, the old Orsoni furnace has opened its doors to the lovers of this unique atmosphere and the arts. Elegantly restructured, the private wing of the villa in Cannaregio houses the Domus Orsoni, a hotel of five attractive rooms enhanced with mosaic works by various Italian artists, while the institution of the Master course in Mosaic has the aim of handing down and spreading the culture and technique of mosaic art.