Our story has a simple beginning - designing drinking glasses for a private home. The first collection of tumblers started to go to other houses and from there without much planning we grew organically. With each order and each project we have developed in new directions. We now design drinking glasses, decanters, plates and bowls as well as large lamps and flower vases. Many projects are collaborations with architects. We enjoy this dialogue.
We could also say that our story really starts and continues with Marie-Rose Kahane’s passion for glass and design. Working and living in Venice means having the possibility to look at different types of glass from the Renaissance to the ever so modern Carlo Scarpa.
Vital to Yali are the very talented and committed artisans of Murano. Supporting their craftsmanship is an honour and a pleasure.
OUR ONLINE SHOP
We think of our online shop as a display cabinet to show what we are designing and producing. All our glass is handcrafted by the maestros of Murano, Venice using techniques which date back to the 13th century. Each vitrine we present here online is unique and personal, a set of carefully selected objects which embody our present inspiration and feeling. Each change, be it with a season, a mood, a colour, a new idea, or whatever may enthuse us, gives place to a fresh collection of objects.
We enjoy making these installations by assembling different objects from our studio to get a feel for how the shapes and colours work together.
It is a real privilege to have a space in Venice in an ancient building full of character. The studio is a place for our team to work together, exchange ideas, design new pieces, display finished works, keep our stock and package for shipping.
Each room has its own atmosphere. Felicity Menadue, co-designer and studio manager, organises displays on large tables and shelves which change regularly. The topics of function and form are an integral part of our daily discussions.
Spending a day in Murano producing a new piece is always fascinating and inspiring. The dialogue with the maestro is based on a quiet understanding which grows over the years. Glassblowing is a delicate yet labour-intensive process requiring great skill and accuracy.