what is a modern murano glass chandelier?


You would think that using modern Murano glass chandeliers in a decorating scheme these days is an oxymoron.  The more common notion is that they are old-fashioned, over the top light pendants in pastel colors that are far removed from today’s more simple lines and sensibilities.  But I was mistaken (and certainly underrated an industry that’s been around for at least 800 years), and as I will show you today, some less fussy Murano glass chandeliers work splendidly in contemporary interiors.



All of the Murano glass lighting selections come from London-based Villaverde, luxury lighting designers with a keen eye on marrying traditional craft with classic 21st century living.  I was first introduced to the brand last summer during the birthday party of a friend’s friend where all I could do is to gawk at the chandelier in their living room!!!!



What I really appreciate about Villaverde’s aesthetic is the (generally) understated curves and rich iridescence of their glass chandeliers that comes from their use of chic and hip colors.  Imagine the statement of a chandelier in emerald green, gothic black or even deep magenta (not necessarily on the same pendant!).  Or imagine the sumptuousness of lighting in glass of clear tobacco color enveloped in gold leaf!



Hands-down I would love to place a green Murano modern glass chandelier in an interior with contemporary deep-tufted dark chocolate suede sofas, paired with rich aubergine side chairs resting on a geometric-patterned rug with subtle touches of gold.  Delicious!!!



Richard Rabel, the|modern|sybarite

image credits: Villaverde, London



  • Lorraine Hill

    i loved the first one – the green/blue glass. yes I could see this with chocolate brown decor as someone already stated.

    • themodernsybarite

      funny .. thanks for reading .. I stated it 🙂

  • Suzanne Ceavatta

    Murano glass is simply exquisite – the right chandelier placed in a modern setting can be outstanding!

    • themodernsybarite

      Thanks for stopping by.

  • Randall Kramer

    Ummmmm- sorry.

    None of those Chandeliers are “Modern”-

    I’d also suggest-
    the very notion of a “Chandelier”
    (not a Pendant Fixture- a Chandelier)
    is an anachronism to the Pre-Lightbulb era.
    The whole “gestalt” of a Chandelier is a throwback to The Three Musketeer days.

    Chandeliers are old fashioned.

    • themodernsybarite

      To each his own.

  • Ellen Fisch

    Contemporary or traditional Murano glass is divine. Murano is a magical place which produces marvelously crafted glassworks of unsurpassed beauty! I visited beautiful Murano Island and there it is wonderful to see artisans make glass as they have for centuries. These contemporary lighting fixtures illustrate the amazing ability of the Murano glass artisans to actualize Villaverde’s aesthetic vision in chandeliers! Thanks, Richard!

    • themodernsybarite

      Many thanks to you Ellen!