Punta Conterie (VE)
Located in the heart of Murano, the Venetian island famous all over the world for the glass-making art, Punta Conterie is an innovative cultural hub that merges the glass-art with a gourmet experience. A project of urban regeneration born from the dream of two Venetian entrepreneurs, Alessandro Vecchiato and Dario Campa, who restored part of the Conterie, the historic factory that used to produce the traditional small glass beads, called “conterie”, in order to create a space to promote the Venetian glass tradition with a contemporary language.
Punta Conterie opened in September 2019 with a versatile proposal made of different experiences: InGalleria, a space for temporary exhibitions, Vetri Ristorante, a classy location with an innovative culinary proposal, Vetri Bistrot and Cafè, for a more relaxed break, InGalleria Shop, selling books and design objects, and Fioraio Green Boutique, a cool floral laboratory.
On the ground floor of the building, visitors can find the Bistrot, InGalleria Shop, and Fioraio. A space boasting cool details such as the original industrial brick walls and the typical “murrine” inserted in the resin floor made by local glass firms such as Tagliapietra, Fratelli Toso, Effetre Murano and Claudio Tiozzo, whilst the real protagonist is the original large staircase, that leads to the second floor, fully covered with mosaic tiles.
On the main floor, the rooms are characterized by a precious wooden floor in herringbone oak and the Sansovino-style ceiling with floral decorations. Besides the elegant “Camino Room” and the intimacy of the “Privè room”, the real gem of the Vetri restaurant is the fascinating terrace overlooking the canals of Murano, open from April until October, which offers a wonderful view of the lagoon.
The mise en place is elegant, with long white tablecloths and colored murrine, vases and glasses, all available for sale in the shop on the ground floor. The chef is John Mark Nanit, whose dishes let raw material take center stage, twisting it with creative accents and international contaminations.
Next to the restaurant, there is a beautiful exhibition hall. The first exhibition was dedicated to Lino Tagliapietra, one of the most important glass artists in the world, whilst the current exhibition, named “Glass and Design” is curated by Caterina Toso, glass historian and heir of the Fratelli Toso Archive, and investigates the great 20-century glass designers such as Tomaso Buzzi, Fulvio Bianconi, Ercole Barovier or Dino Martens.
Punta Conterie is a true experiential journey born inside one of the most iconic buildings on the island of Murano which, thanks to this visionary project, returns to make the island’s glass art shine to its full.
Murano became the capital of glass at the end of the 13th century when the Serenissima Republic decided to transfer the furnaces from Venice to here both in order to avoid the outbreak of fires in the city and to protect the secrets of glass processing. In fact, the glass masters were prevented from expatriating and spreading the precious processing techniques, which had to remain preserved within the borders of the island.
Edited by Valentina Scarpa Bandelloni