Stabilized vegetable paintings, all you need to know

Recently, stabilized plant paintings are depopulating. It is a real design work for lovers of unconventional furniture. As the word itself says, these are representations of trees, flowers, and plants on canvases that are not painted with colors but with vegetation. To achieve this effect, however, it is necessary to subject everything to a particular process that will preserve the plants, trees, or flowers chosen keeping them fresh and beautiful to look at. It is precisely the stabilization process that will make it possible not to always water the work.

One of the main advantages of having paintings stabilized in your home is that of being proud to have something so special and beautiful to look at. It is something innovative and it will gradually widespread, especially in offices and homes where design works reign supreme. These design works have positive and strong visual impacts, but above all, they are safe and perform a sound-absorbing action. All this always if you rely on industry experts. Therefore, they manage to reduce noise pollution if done in the right way.

How to stabilize a vegetal framework?

It may seem strange and tough but to have a stabilized plant picture, you don’t have to mince words, and above all, it’s not what it seems. However, these plants stabilized thanks to the process in question, will last for about 10 years, and will not require any kind of attention or maintenance. That’s the beauty of it. To have a stabilized plant picture, it is, therefore, necessary to subject the chosen plants, flowers, or trees to a kind of embalming. This will happen thanks to special products, a natural glycerin-based blend that will give brightness and will replace the lifeblood of the chosen plants.

Afterward, you can proceed with the desired shape and the realization of the plant framework. These are works that will always appear shiny and cool, this is because it is a technique that has seen the light for about ten years and can offer spectacular design products. So whether it is a type of furniture, walls, or even small sculptures, there is no difference, the stabilization will provide an “evergreen” and luminous effect.

Preserved vegetable paintings: how to choose the right one

Choosing a stabilized plant framework can be difficult, especially if you don’t know what you want for your apartment. However, we must also consider what’s behind this wonderful work, so that it is always advisable to contact experts in the sector. VDA Borella is a specialized company that always manages to satisfy every customer in the best possible way. Stabilized plant paintings are often on request, and it is here that the imagination and the skill of the craftsman will then take shape to this wonderful work.

If you do not know how to choose a beautiful plant painting and which type of plant to stabilize, you may want to contact an interior designer. These will undoubtedly help to find the right solution without falling into excess. You can also choose more types of plants and flowers, there is not only one opportunity for each stabilized plant framework. The bigger the size, the more the plants can be large, or on the contrary, for small spaces, it is advisable to choose plants or flowers that can give a touch of elegance but with delicacy and small dimensions.

At this point, you just have to get an idea and perhaps proceed with a visit to the online shop to choose a stabilized plant product or, why not, begin to understand where to place one of these innovative designs works within your home. You can also consider setting up an entire wall if you like it. In short, with stabilized plant paintings, there is no limit to the imagination. Otherwise, the more you experiment, the better the outcome will be.

The mosaics of San Marco in the furnishing accessories of VDA Borella

Arianne is a really unique furnishing accessory: with its outlandish shape, it is suitable for enhance the most original and the chicest rooms. Arianne is a happy encounter between the traditional venetian glass art and floral art; it is an artistic creation that in its shape and decorations holds the essence of VDA Borella: the Riviera del Brenta, world excellence in the footwear industry, and Venice, of which Arianne celebrates one of its most famous symbols with its handcrafted decorations, the Saint Mark’s basilica.

Gold, multicoloured enamels, bright, lively and vibrant colours decorate the court shoe. Work of the skilled hands of our master decorators, the handcrafted decorations of this furnishing accessory are are freely inspired by the magnificence of the Byzantine mosaics that decorate the basilica of Saint Mark, the spiritual center of the city.

THE MOSAICS OF SAINT MARK

The Basilica of Saint Mark was built starting from the IX century, after the transfer of the Saint’s body from Alexandria to Venice. It was chosen to build it next to the Palazzo Ducale, seat of the government of the Republic, to replace the previous chapel of San Teodoro. The church suffered several fires before reaching its present form, which was begun in 1071, under the governement of Domenico Selvo. The new basilica with its Byzantine architectural conception has its focal point in its mosaic decorations.

The mosaics of Saint Mark, in warm colors, with a clear predominance of gold, almost entirely cover the basilica, for over 8000 square meters; with them, the most significant stories for the Christian religion are illustrated, such as the life of Christ, of the Virgin and of Saint Mark. These mosaics are a splendid example of the revisitation of Greek-Byzantine art by Venice but also testimony to the history and faith of the city.

Precious as Venetian glass art, the mosaic art of Saint Mark is still a source of wonder and admiration: in visiting the basilica it is impossible not to be amazed.

VENICE, THE ESSENCE OF OUR ART

Venice is, for VDA Borella, an infinite inspiration to forge and decorate all its creations. From the fantastic geometry of the bridges to the sumptuous facades of the buildings, up to the golden splendours of the mosaics of Saint Mark, every corner and glimpse of Venice is unforgettable. In the lagoon city, contemporaneity and tradition meet in the eternity of art. Thus, with a piece of furniture that is both tradition and modernity, VDA Borella wanted to honor one of the most important symbols of its city.

The article of Habitissimo about VDA Borella’s furnishing.

Furnishing your home is an operation that is done over time, with care, that is often done by collecting travel souvenirs, other times by instinctively choosing paintings, lamps, furnishing accessories that inspire our imagination. Sometimes we choose objects because they remind us of a place, at other times because we admire the colours, at other times we are struck by the intrinsic preciousness of some creations and we cannot but think of how much we would like to make our refinement our own.

This is what happens when you come across a product made with magical materials, such as Murano glass. The ancient art of glassmaking sees Murano as a chosen place. By purchasing these artifacts you bring home a piece of history and tradition, certain that you have also made a valuable purchase. Walking in the Venetian lagoon, especially in Venice, you can meet along the picturesque streets, small shops that still work glass or simply sell products made of this material according to the traditional method. It is interesting, especially for some craftsmen, to see how glass is declined in unexpected ways and ways, creating unusual, creative and extremely original objects. The bright colour and the most disparate subjects are turned into glass with such mastery as to leave the observer in bliss.

This is what happens when you look at wonderful stabilised vegetal frames made with Murano glass frame, stand-out creations of a company born in the 90’s in the Riviera del Brenta. An innovative and peculiar production, which can only be found in the lagoon and which has its roots in the history of venetian craftsmanship. Vetro da Amare is founded by Massimo Borella, who was born as an expert in floral art and with Vetro da Amare has declined over time and in exclusive and original ways flora with glass, bringing them both to a very high artistic level.

You can’t define them as just furnishing accessories. They are artistic creations that interpret some subjects dear to the company and that can be customised according to the order of the customer: clowns, court shoes, mirrors, hearts, vases, goblets, tableware and, last but not least, vegetal frames.  We speak in detail of the latter, because they represent a unique production of its kind and it is peculiar and distinctive of the company.

Vegetal frames are the result of Borella’s love for plants and flowers. His art has been perfected to the point of transforming the material to give it a shape never seen before, resulting, in some ways, vaguely inspired by vertical gardens. Hanging nature on the wall was the main idea of the vegetal frames, offering the market a way of interpreting a completely new furnishing accessory.

Here is how a vegetal frame is born: first of all, it is crafted, because, like most of Vetro da Amare’s creations, it is made solely to order. Which is good because it turns out to be an exclusive and unique creation, which can be packaged according to specific requests. There are numerous plant species from which you can choose and which, thanks to the “stabilisation” technique, will become the subject of your painting. The most chosen plants are lichens and mosses, in the flat moss and polemoss varieties, roses and hydrangeas in great demand, up to eucalyptus leaves or the pepper plant. And then cork, branches of birch and hazel, cinnamon, ferns and slices of orange to complete the decoration. Everything can be framed with Murano glass frames or made of wood.

But how is a plant stabilised? Whether it is a rose or an eucalyptus leaf, the stabilisation allows the beauty of the vegetable not to wither, not to fade, to always show vivid colours, for a long, long time. By replacing water, as the sap needed to keep the plant alive, with a mixture of glycerine, the rose will remain a vivid colour, shiny and alive over time, set into the picture, furnishing the house like few other furnishing accessories can do.

How to recognize the authentic Murano glass.

Murano glass is an artistic material of great value. As a result of the skilled work of professional master glassmakers, keepers of an ancient, artisanal tradition handed down from one generation to the next, Murano glass has become the symbol of history and art of Venice since ancient times, as we saw in the previous articles.

In Murano, in Venice and in the neighbouring areas there are various furnaces and manufacturing of Murano glass artistic creations. Although it has existed for centuries, glass processing has not changed: despite the technological progress, the processing of this precious material has remained purely artisanal, and it is precisely by the skilled hands of masters that the vitreous material transforms into a work of art, guided by the masters’ creative flair.

It happens more and more often around the world to come across shops selling glass items pretending to be authentic Murano glass products. Murano glass is an artwork, born of hard artisanal work: peddling fakes for these artistic creations is degrading as well as offensive both for the professionalism of the masters glassmakers and for the tradition and history of Venice.

Here some tips on how to recognize the authentic Murano glass.

Pay attention to the price

Murano glass is a luxury item: it is not affordable for all budgets. A handcrafted and artistic creation in Murano glass has a price coherent with the production work. In addition to glass, the masters also use other precious materials for decorations, such as gold leaf, silver leaf, or platinum, which, like glass, have a very specific cost. It is therefore not possible for an object in Murano glass to cost a few euros: in this case it is clearly a matter of low style imitations.

Irregularities and imprecisions

Every creation in authentic Murano glass is unique and unparalleled because it is rigorously hand-made. Therefore, it is impossible to find two perfectly equal hand-made objects: very often, a Murano glass work has an irregular shape, imperfections or bubbles inside.

Certificate of authenticity

To protect Murano glass, the Veneto region has established an official collective mark that certifies the origin of glass products. The trademark Vetro Artistico® is legally recognized with the law n.70 of December 23rd 1994, and, since 2001, managed by the Consorzio Promovetro. However, many producers, including VDA Borella, independently certify their own creations precisely to guarantee a vast selection of Murano glass works; moreover, many artists have never participated in the consortium described above and many of their works, made before its foundation, do not bear the official mark. VDA Borella, like other self-employed artisans, for each product always issues a certificate of authenticity and origin that certifies its geographical origin and the high standards of craftsmanship.

The artistic creations of VDA Borella combine Murano glass with another luxury item, i.e. stabilised roses and lichen. These natural elements, protected by stabilisation, present a manufacturing process that requires the same patience and dedication as glass: indeed, as well as the glass, for these flowers and for these plants the price cannot be low. To protect its luxury creations, VDA Borella has registered the design that sees the union of Murano glass with stabilised roses as well as stabilised lichen, moss and other stabilised vegetal.

Have you understood how to recognize the authentic Murano glass? Take a look at our artistic collections.

Gold creations: a tale of the most authentic art.

VDA Borella’s gold decorations are the result of a gifted artist who, with talent and devotion, embellishes Murano glass items, communicating emotions.


Gold decorations, jewel in the crown of VDA Borella, are entrusted to the skilled hands of a master decorator. The experience, talent and passion of this artisan contribute to the creation of breathtakingly dedications and decorations.


Each step of the creative magic is achieved with passion and the utmost attention: with deft, sinuous movements, the master writes on the chosen item the words of a dedication, that speak of love and gratitude.

For this specific step, the most suitable technique is the liquid 24 carat gold: transformed into a liquid state, the gold, bend to the master’s will, tell a precious story, like in the graceful Murano glass Hearts.


With meticulous and accurate movements, the artisan complete every detail of the decoration, with the same devotion dedicated to a masterpiece. For our creations, the master uses fusible enamels fired into the “muffola” furnace (“mufoea” in venetian dialect), once the creation is done, and 24 carat Gold leaf.

Vda Borella’s gold decorations require precise, refined and secrets techniques that only a skillful and expert artisan, holder of a centuries-old knowledge, can take full advantage, with a craftsmanship worthy of an authentic work of art.


VDA Borella’s decorative art represents only one of the various main strengths that make these creations unique: to know more about our strenghts, read the articles about stabilised roses and Murano glass production.

When safety embraces elegance: the elegant tailor-made packaging by VDA Borella

An artwork demands an appropriate package: beautiful and, above all, safe and strong. However, when it comes to shipping, it is not easy to find the perfect solution that guarantees both of these features.

Because of the exceptional fragility of Murano glass and stabilised roses, VDA Borella studied the perfect solution to send your purchase in total security and elegance.

What are the advantages of our packages?

Safety

Our packages have been developed and tested in order to guarantee a safe shipment to your purchase.

Each box features twin protective layers: first, the product is encased in a custom-formed polystyrene shell, which holds the arrangement in place; secondly, this shell itself is placed in a triple-wall cardboard box and packed with more polystyrene.

This solution does not damage the roses.

The beauty

We decided to stand out from the crowd not just for the value and the originality of the products but for the details too. One of these is the look of our packaging.

A high quality item can’t be delivered covered by sheets of newspaper or in a polystyrene box. Our package resembles the fancy box of an engagement ring, entirely covered by velvet.

A pleasant memory

Once the purchase is received, the packaging is quickly forgetten. With our boxes, this won’t happen for sure.

As soon as you will receive your order, you will be amazed by the beauty of both the product and the box.

Vda Borella for Villa Cà Zane Martin

The enchanting creations of VDA Borella represent the perfect choice for elegant events and ceremonies which take place in exclusive locations: Murano glass and stabilised roses embellish the environments and enhance the magic atmosphere of the moment.

Vetro da Amare has recently collaborated with the historic Villa Cà Zane Martin of the Riviera del Brenta, one of the various luxury organizations in the Venice area.
The Villa, today property of the Martin family, was built at the end of the XV century as a summer residence of the powerful venetian House of Zane.

The Zanes’ grandeur can still be breathed today in the elegant dwelling, among the beautiful frescoes, restored to their former glory thanks to the care and passion of the present owners, and the lavish rooms, that seem to guard silently the memories of an ancient splendour.


For this jewel of the venetian architecture, VDA Borella curated an important private event with some of its artworks: the creations, made of Murano glass and stabilised roses, enhanced the historic charm of the Villa with their sophisticated and original touch, giving to the guests the emotion of an unforgettable ceremony.


This is what the owners of Villa Cà Zane Martin told about our service:


“We rented some products from VDA Borella for the organization of an event. We were impressed by the originality of the item, especially by stabilised roses. They gave an extra touch of elegance and our guests really appreciated their beauty.”

Gold decorations: a tale of the most authentic art.

Vetro da Amare’s gold decorations are the result of a gifted artist who, with talent and devotion, embellishes Murano glass items, communicating emotions.

Gold decorations, jewel in the crown of  Vetro da Amare, are entrusted to the skilled hands of a master decorator.

The experience, talent and passion of this artisan contribute to the creation of breathtakingly dedications and decorations.

Each step of the creative magic is achieved with passion and the utmost attention: with deft, sinuous movements, the master writes on the chosen item the words of a dedication, that speak of love and gratitude.

For this specific step, the most suitable technique is the liquid 24 carat gold: transformed into a liquid state, the gold, bend to the master’s will, tell a precious story, like in the graceful Murano glass Hearts.

With meticulous and accurate movements, the artisan complete every detail of the decoration, with the same devotion dedicated to a masterpiece.

For the decoration of the Bucentaur, an art glass creation which illustrates a superb representation of the Venetian Republic’s state barge, the master uses fusible enamels fired into the “muffola” furnace (“mufoea” in venetian dialect), once the creation is done, and 24 carat Gold leaf.

Vetro da Amare’s gold decorations require precise, refined and secrets techniques that only a skillful and expert artisan, holder of a centuries-old knowledge, can take full advantage, with a craftsmanship worthy of an authentic work of art.

Vetro da Amare’s decorative art represents only one of the various main strengths that make these creations unique: to know more about our strenghts, read the articles about stabilised roses and Murano glass production.

When security embraces elegance: the elegant customized packaging of Vetro da Amare

An artwork demands an appropriate package: beautiful and, above all, safe and strong.

However, when it comes to shipping, it is not easy to find the perfect solution that guarantees both of these features.

Because of the exceptional fragility of Murano glass and stabilised roses, Vetro da Amare studied the perfect solution to send your purchase in total security and elegance.

What are the advantages of our packages?

Safety

Our packages have been developed and tested in order to guarantee a safe shipment to your purchase.

Each box features twin protective layers: first, the product is encased in a custom-formed polystyrene shell, which holds the arrangement in place; secondly, this shell itself is placed in a triple-wall cardboard box and packed with more polystyrene.

This solution does not damage the roses.

The beauty

We decided to stand out from the crowd not just for the value and the originality of the products but for the details too.

One of these is the look of our packaging. A high quality item can’t be delivered covered by sheets of newspaper or in a polystyrene box.

Our package resembles the fancy box of an engagement ring, entirely covered by velvet.

A pleasant memory

Once the purchase is received, the packaging is quickly forgetten.

With our boxes, this won’t happen for sure.

As soon as you will receive your order, you will be amazed by the beauty of both the product and the box.

Our story on “Il Gazzettino”

Vetro da Amare is pleased to share in its magazine an article dedicated to its founder, Massimo Borella, and his personal journey.

The article was published on the local section of “Il Gazzettino”, italian newspaper.

He closed the shop and goes to the web: now he sells flowers allover the world.

E-commerce for the market of the future. A florist from Fiesso d’Artico transforms his business into e-commerce, the new trend, and he has success.

Massimo Borella, 53, opened a flower shop in town in 1992.

Business at an early stage had been pretty good: in a few years he had employed two people.

However, Borella has always considered to renew himself.

Always interested in new trends, he began to think about the possibilities of e-commerce, also inspired by his customers.

In 2014 he decided to invest in a new project by gathering the skills of some venetian professionals and artisans: master glassmakers, engravers, decoratores and frame-makers.

This collaboration has led to the creation of unique objects embellished with flowers, very often crafted according to the wishes of special customers.

Unique, refined pieces very popular in some foreign markets: Asian countries and Russia, but also some shops in Venice, turned out to be very interested.

Borella has closed his shop a couple of years ago, substituting it with a showroom, and he has begun the new adventure on the web.

To ship its floral jewels in every part of the world, he has created an appropriate packaging, that looks like a jewelry box.

“Years ago I had collaborated with a Tuscan vase manufacturer – says Massimo – the idea of making a quality product, completed in all its parts, has always been part of my way of thinking.

The market has changed, so as the flower culture: I see a bright perspective in e-commerce.”

Among the projects, there is participation in a fair in Paris.

The idea is to always create new products: in the pipeline there is already the idea of using ferrous materials for his compositions, always made in Venice.

“In the area we have very prepared professionals – concludes Borella – and they deserve prestige.

They have all the skills to launch the Made in Italy in a different way.”