Exclusive – Fabio Novembre For Venini

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While Milan Design Week 2012 didn’t officially kick off, a few of the design showcases were already open to the press the day before. One of them was from the Milan designer Fabio Novembre who has created these pill-like vases for Murano glass company Venini. They were definitely the highlight of the day 1 of Milan Design Week!

Happy Pills, made of world-famous Murano glass, are vases blown in two colours with chemical symbols etched on their sides. The series of handmade glass objects mimic the forms of pharmaceutical capsules and are designed by Fabio Novembre as part of his first collaboration with the company. Each color combination represents a different hormone, testosterone, adrenaline, oxytocin, phenethylamine and estrogen.

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The Happy Pills vases have been produced using the centuries-old Incalmo hand-blowing technique, originally invented more than 500 years ago by dexterous Venetian glassblowers who developed it to create objects consisting of two or more distinct parts in different colours.

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Novembre hopes the shapes and colours of the vases alone will make their owners feel happier.

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More about Happy Pills in Fabio Novembre’s own words:

‘Usefulness is a concept that more and more fades away among the objects surrounding us. What we expect from these silent friends is to keep us company, make us laugh or in the best option, excite us.Hormonal chemistry influenced by material chemistry.Happy Pills are a placebo coming from Murano that, with shapes and colors, would substitute pharmacological solutions.’

 Happy Pills by Fabio Novembrefrom left to right: ‘testosterone’, ‘adrenalina’, ‘ossitocina’, ‘feniletilamina’, estrogeno’

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