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“It’s not just about glassware. It’s about being contemporary.”

Marcantonio Brandolini

The Goto

Everything started when Marie Brandolini invented the Goto in 1994. A Parisian glass design pioneer, she was inspired by the informal glass cups the Murano masters made using leftovers from their work in the furnace. Amused by this “pure game of chance,” Marie reinterpreted the process to create the Goto collection, combining traditional Murano techniques with an innovative, pop aesthetic approach.

After moving to Venice in 1988, leaving behind her job in New York, Marie could finally pursue her creative talent. An idea had clicked in her mind after her...

One of Marie’s first Goto pieces. (1995)

Marie in the furnace, working at the composition of Laguna~B’s Goto glasses. (October 1997)

Polaroid by Marie. She used to take a Polaroid of every glass she sold, writing down the customer’s name and the date of delivery. This selection was intended for Teresa Ciani of Elle Decor Italia. (1995)

A contemporary approach

With the Goto collection, Marie redefined what “contemporary” meant in the glass field. She adopted a personal, experimental approach to production and insisted on having full control of every aspect of the process, spending entire days in the furnace with the glass masters.

In business, too, her vision was ahead of her time. Laguna~B was the first Murano glass company to go direct-to-consumer, launching its first website in 2001. This direction came naturally, as Marie prioritized friendship and straightforward communication with her clients, with whom she corresponded frequently.

After apprehending the process the masters followed to make the goti de fornasa, Marie codified her own recipes and methods. She meticulously design...

New Year’s greeting by Marie, with a photo of her sons Guido, Marcantonio, Gioacchino, and their dachshund Gypsy, sailing in the lagoon. (2007)

A letter from a friend commenting on a feature in Town & Country magazine, complimenting Marie on her business, and inquiring for Laguna~B glassware in the U.S. (9 March 1996)

Marie in the furnace with the maestro, hand-blowing a Goto piece. [second half of the 1990s] 

The evolution

The international press loved the story of the “Glass Countess,” and within a short time, Marie’s iconic tumblers were on display worldwide in some of the major department stores. The Goto’s instant success – combined with Marie’s ambition and creativity – spurred the design of other collections like the Berlingot, inspired by the eponymous striped French candies; The Filigrana, the Bolle, the Margherite, and the Dune collections followed.

Marie Brandolini conceived Laguna~B’s glasses as collectible, functional art. The uniqueness and story of each piece, as well as the creativity and the talen...

Bus advertising showing Laguna~B glasses at Gump’s, in San Francisco, our first ever American retailer. (1997)

Marie’s sketchbook. The notebook includes drawings of glasses and vases, as well as handwritten notes. (1990s)

A feature in House & Garden magazine about Marie, her Venetian life, and Laguna~B’s history. (April 1998)

A new generation

Marie’s son, Marcantonio Brandolini, took over the company in 2016 as Laguna~B’s artistic director. Marie was the one who set the innovative, experimental approach that still characterizes the company today, whereas Marcantonio evolved it, making “being contemporary” his main mission. Putting creativity and authorship at its core, Laguna~B’s identity is based on values like authenticity, diversity, and a steadfast commitment to nature, investing in culture and young talents.

Still working with the glass masters in Murano, Marcantonio developed new collections like the Berlingot Evo, the Berlingot Evo 2, and the Tropicana. He also...

"SOS" postcard designed by Pixel T and Marcantonio. The postcard shows a Goto glass floating in the lagoon. (2018)

Advertising poster for Laguna~B’s Venice store, showcasing the limited edition glass Stella. (2023)

A feature in Gagosian Quarterly about Laguna~B. In the interview, Marcantonio breaks down his vision, his relationship with Venice, and how he reckons with a centuries-old tradition. (Summer 2024)

The team

Under Marcantonio’s guide, Laguna~B is evolving into the point of reference in collectible glassware. Looking to fulfill the highest quality standards, the company produces its hand-blown signature pieces with the help of experienced glass masters in Murano. Marcantonio believes in fostering and investing in human creativity and skills at all levels. For this reason, everything at Laguna~B is carefully made by talented human beings. Today, a young and dynamic team of 12 passionately manages every aspect of the business, from production to communication, advertisement, and sales.

Laguna~B’s ambition to play a relevant role in the contemporary cultural landscape extends its influence beyond the drinking glass: a curated dispatch of mix...

Notes from Marcantonio Brandolini’s creative process. (2024)

Christmas card addressed to Ivo Wadewitz, from Laguna~B. (December 2023)

Laguna~B’s “Wall of Fame”: an evolving collection of polaroids taken in the office, each one portraying a member of the team. (2023-2024)

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