(1895 - 1959)
Paolo Venini was an Italian designer and entrepreneur. In 1921 he and Giacomo Cappellin started a glass factory in Murano, the island in the Venice lagoon with a long tradition of glass production: Vetri Soffiati Muranesi Cappellin Venini & C. In 1925 Cappelin left the company and it was renamed to Venini & Co. The first art director of the company was Napoleone Martinuzzi, who was succeeded by Carlo Scarpa. Apart from leading the company, Venini also contributed to some designs.