Design

Punta Conterie (VE)

by Valentina Scarpa Bandelloni
Punta Conterie (VE) — Veneto Secrets

A space where glass art, design and food & wine come together to create a truly unique urban regeneration project in the world.

On the island symbol of the finest glassmaking tradition, from the vision of two Venetian entrepreneurs, Alessandro Vecchiato and Dario Campa, the cool cultural hub is born from the restoration of the former Conterie, a historic factory of 22,000 square meters once dedicated to the processing of conterie, the tiny beads glass base of many beautiful handcrafted jewels.

Punta Conterie, projecting the Venetian artisan tradition on the contemporary scene, opened in 2019 with a concept that declines the glass art in various, original realities: Vetri Ristorante, a classy location with an innovative culinary proposal, Vetri Bistrot and Cafè, for a more relaxed break, InGalleria, a space for temporary exhibitions, InGalleria Shop, selling books and design objects, and Fioraio Green Boutique, a cool floral laboratory.

Punta Conterie (VE) — Veneto Secrets

On the ground floor of the building, visitors can find the Bistrot, InGalleria Shop, and Fioraio. A space boasting cool details such as the original industrial brick walls and the typical “murrine” inserted in the resin floor made by local glass firms such as Tagliapietra, Fratelli Toso, Effetre Murano and Claudio Tiozzo, whilst the real protagonist is the original large staircase, that leads to the second floor, fully covered with mosaic tiles.

On the main floor, the rooms are characterized by a precious wooden floor, in herringbone oak, and the Sansovino-style ceiling with floral decorations. Besides the elegant Fireplace Room and the intimacy of the Privè Room, the real gem of the Vetri restaurant is the fascinating terrace overlooking the canals of Murano, open from April until October, which offers a wonderful view of the lagoon.

The mise en place is elegant, with long white tablecloths and colored murrine, vases and glasses, all available for sale in the shop on the ground floor. The chef is John Mark Nanit, whose dishes let raw material take center stage, twisting it with creative accents and international contaminations.

Punta Conterie (VE) — Veneto Secrets

Next to the restaurant, there is a beautiful exhibition hall. Among the latest exhibitions, the one dedicated to Lino Tagliapietra, one of the most important glass artists in the world, and the “Glass and Design” project curated by Caterina Toso, glass historian and heir of the Fratelli Toso Archive, who investigated the great 20-century glass designers such as Tomaso Buzzi, Fulvio Bianconi, Ercole Barovier or Dino Martens.

Punta Conterie is a truly experiential journey born inside one of the most iconic buildings on the island of Murano which, thanks to this visionary project, returns to make the island’s glass art shine to its full.

The Secret

Murano became the capital of glass at the end of the 13th century when the Serenissima Republic decided to transfer the furnaces from Venice to here both in order to avoid the outbreak of fires in the city and to protect the secrets of glass processing. In fact, the glass masters were prevented from expatriating and spreading the precious processing techniques, which had to remain preserved within the borders of the island.

Useful Info

Punta Conterie
Fondamenta Marco Giustinian 1
30141 Venezia
Tel. +39 041 5275174

Starters and first courses: 18 — 29 euro
Second courses: 18
— 29 euro

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