Venice Design Week 2021: Discover The Art and Design Inspired Path

Venice Design Week, Art & Design, Venice
DOCG at Combo

During Venice Design Week 2021 visitors can choose different paths and circuits to discover the new designs, there is something for anyone. 

If you are focusing on when design meets art, it’s worth highlighting an ideal path that mixes elements typical of the DNA of this city: a spontaneous melting pot of site-specific installations placed in very suggestive areas.

For the Art and Design inspired path, these are the places of interest:

  • Combo Cloister
  • Murano Glass Museum
  • Arsenale
  • Sant’Eufemia Gallery

Let’s see what they offered, and what’s this art and design inspired path is all about.


Combo is located in the restored former Convento dei Crociferi not far from Rialto bridge. It’s a historical building designed to offer residents and visitors a profound sense of peace and brings together locals, students, and travelers.

It is accessible to everyone and has a delightful cloister with a backdrop of amazing music from the in-house radio station. It is in this cloister that the work of Danilo Premoli is located, part of the exhibitions for Venice Design Week.

Venice Design Week 2021: Discover The Art and Design Inspired Path 2

DOCG by Danilo Premoli is a stone cube lit from within, and it is a tribute to the Denomination of Controlled Origins of Treviso’s world-known Prosecco. The peculiarity of this work is that each side of its surface absorbs and reflects light differently, and this depends on the material chosen to create it: Lapitec.

Lapitec is a natural alternative to marble and it’s the only certified sintered stone in the world.


The second stop requires a visit to the island of Murano, and the Glass Museum.

Murano island is only 18 minutes by ferry from the Fondamente Nove stop on the North East side of Venice. It is the largest island in the lagoon after the municipality of Venice itself, in turn, made up of seven islands connected by bridges and crossed by the main channel (called, needless to say, the Grand Canal). To reach the museum you just have to walk a few minutes and a few bridges.

The Museum is undoubtedly the top attraction of Murano, an institution created in 1861, just after the darkest period in the history of Murano glass, in order to enhance this typically Venetian art and restore it to its splendor. The museum is housed in an elegant palace in Venetian Gothic style which was the residence of the bishops of Torcello.

Inside this museum, it is possible to admire the greatest masterpieces of glass art of all historical periods. In addition to admiring these extraordinary creations, you can explore how glass is worked, what different processing techniques apply, and of course, enjoy a temporary themed exhibition.

Inside the Murano Glass Toys exhibition, and included in Venice Design Week Art and Design path, Gambaro & Tagliapetra presented Gaming Chair, an interactive work that lights up and thunders like a custom-built chair.

Game Chair By Gambaro & Tagliapietra
Game Chair By Gambaro & Tagliapietra

“The exhibition is for children, teenagers and adults who never stop dreaming” is the statement that introduces this work.

As New York Style Guide reported before, Venice Design Week hosts a renowned International Jewelry Competition (find the article here) and it is worth highlighting that Gambaro & Tagliapietra designed the prizes for the VDW Jewelry Selection 2021.

 ARSENALE (The Venetian Arsenal)

With its 48 hectares of territory, located on the eastern edge of the Ancient City, in the heart of the lagoon system that includes the islands and the coast, the Arsenal of Venice is undoubtedly one of the most interesting areas for sustainable development of the entire metropolitan area. 

It is a complex of former shipyards and armoires clustered together. In 1593 Galileo Galilei became a consultant for the Arsenal, it is worth remembering that Venice as the capital of its own Republic was one of the wealthiest cities in Europe, and that power rested in its skill to control trade in the Mediterranean. A control that would have been impossible without an extremely large navy and merchant force. 

The Venetian Arsenal was not only the major shipyard, it was responsible for the maintenance of most Venetian galleys and was richly financed. The opulence of Venice wouldn’t have been possible without the naval force generated by the Arsenal.

After years of disuse, the Venetian Arsenal complex got modernized and repurposed.

Here at the Arsenale, the Arte Laguna Prize takes place, and here visitors can admire 10 works of different flavors, from the traditional Chinese dress by artist Xiaodong Shi, inspired by the works of the poet Qu Yuan, to the Soniah Lamp by Ukrainian designer Victoria Yakusha, inspired by the Helichrysum plant and formed on a sustainable mix made of clay, recycled paper, hay and other natural components.

Finally, we mention Frankenstein’s Bride by Slovenian designer Primoz Jeza, a versatile and modular workspace made of different chromatic elements, a contemporary table that can be adapted for any life situation.

At the Arsenale it was possible to attend the conference between art and design in which Igor Zanti introduced the theme “between art and design” while the moderator Lucio Bonafede brought in the various designers present in the city for Venice Design Week to debate on the same theme. 


The last part of the Art and Design path is on the Giudecca island, the Art District of Venice. 

Here, at the Sant’Eufemia Gallery, located just in front of the Giudecca Palanca stop, visitors can see the silver works by Su Kroker: delightful spoons with sculptural forms, and Urban Angel by DirtyHands, Studio Of Art Ceramics.

Urban Angel, DrityHands
Urban Angel, DrityHands

DirtyHands was founded in 2019 by Elizaveta Martirosyan and Karen Iuzbashyan.


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Flora MC is correspondent from Italy for NYSG since September 2018. Passionate about design, technology, with focus on made in Italy, Flora has lived in several European countries where she specialised in communication online, both visual and written and is a polyglot. She studied cultural mediation and European affairs in Italy, visual communication, web design, and original production in Sweden, and commercial photography in the US.

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