It is hard to imagine that when the first tiles were being laid for the foundation of the Forbidden City in China, the artisans of Barovier & Toso were already hard at work crafting stunning chandeliers out of molten glass in the Venetian city of Murano, Italy. The brand’s establishment predates the building of the Chinese palace by a whopping 125 years.
For the last seven centuries, it has borne witness to the passing of architectural styles – from the Renaissance to the Baroque – and graced the halls of palaces, museums and mansions of society’s elites.
Even though it has survived two world wars and the rise and fall of global economies, Barovier & Toso’s legacy continues to exude a humble spirit, turning away from mass expansion and concentrating instead on perfecting the art of glassmaking that has been passed down over the generations.
Despite its cult-like status, it has become an international icon and a hallmark of traditional luxury among ultra high net worth homeowners. Responding to the growing demand for its designs in South-east Asia, Barovier & Toso recently launched its first flagship outside of Italy in Nassim Road.
According to the management, Singapore was a natural choice for its first outpost because of the many well-known architectural and design firms based here, too.
Clad in mirrored black walls and marble flooring, the intimate, split-level showroom is the perfect space for showing off its iconic creations in all their glory.
A trio of chandeliers, along with a video wall highlighting the brand’s history, greets visitors at the door. Then a flight of steps leads to a cosy lounge showcasing more pendant and table lamp designs in a homely atmosphere.
It’s here that guests can spend time appreciating the intricacies that go into the making of these glowing works of art.
Barovier & Toso is located at 1 Nassim Road #01-06. For more information, call 6735-0808 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.