Nature excels at symmetry. The intricate hexagonal figures in honeycombs. The nautilus shell’s perfect spiral. The Byzantine circular webs that orb spiders weave overnight. But it takes a very special kind of human artist to recreate shapes that are perfectly alike time after time after time.
For our Portia fixture, though, that was exactly what was needed to make the piece work. So we found artisans in Venezia to hand blow the glass into symmetrical and equally weighted circular pieces or rondels, which are based on ancient armor pieces. They then carefully craft multiple tiers of rondels so they overlap and create a superbly sculptured silhouette. Choose gorgeous white Opalino, Crème Brulee—or both.