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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.