The Collectors: Behnaz Sarafpour's “Practical” Venetian Glass

We've noticed that designers and fashion folks tend to be avid collectors when it comes to that inspire them. Like her designs, Behnaz Sarafpour's Venetian glass collection is all "about beautiful shape and color."

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We're always noticing how designers and fashion folks in general tend to collect and accumulate the things that inspire them. New-York based designer Behnaz Sarafpour is famous for making feminine pieces with a modern, minimalist twist, so it was no surprise when we learned she's devoted to collecting the clean lines and bright colors of Venetian glass.
Behnaz Sarafpour
Venetian glass is an Italian glass-blowing craft with origins in 13th century Europe. Famous for its candy colors and long, liquid lines, it's not hard to find similarities between its aesthetic and Sarafpour's fashion taste. "I decided to start collecting them on my first trip to Venice," says Sarafpour, who frequents the "Pauly" glass factory in particular.
Behnaz Sarafpour
Like Sarafpour's collections, Venetian glass is neither fussy nor precious. "I was very attracted to these home objects that were handmade and unique but at the same time useful, and not just decorative," explains Sarafpour. Here, a striped white vase with a dainty stopper.
Behnaz Sarafpour
Unlike some Venetian glass collectors, Sarafpour is uniquely interested in the artisans of the Pauly factory in Venice. "I buy all of them at the same place," she explains. "Each time I go to Venice, I stop at the Pauly glass factory and buy one piece. They have such a huge collection, the biggest challenge is deciding on just one!"
Behnaz Sarafpour
Sarafpour connects strongly with the artisans' attention to detail and bold, exuberant use of color. "Unlike most Venetian glass, [Pauly's] are not ornate at all. They are very delicate and precise, and are about beautiful shape and color, which is also what I like in fashion."
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