Biography

     Born in Venice in 1955, Laura de Santillana studied classics and architecture before moving to New York City, where she worked with the Vignelli Associates studio whilst attending the School of Visual Arts. De Santillana went on to design art books and began designing objects and lamps for the family business, Venini, alongside her father Ludovico. Founded with her father and brother, de Santillana served as art director of EOS until 1993.

      Following a commission to design a kaiseki range in glass, Laura began a long working relationship with Japan, notably alongside lacquer master Suzuki Mutsumi. From 1999 until her death in 2019, de Santillana committed herself to innovating glass techniques; it is during this period that she created many of her iconic works, including her signature standing glass series. 

 

Public Collections:

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, USA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, USA

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA

Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France

Museo Vetrario di Murano (Murano Glass Museum), Venice, Italy

Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

Kunstmuseum Duesseldorf im Ehrenhof, Düsseldorf, Germany

Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Coburg, Germany

Glasmuseum Lette - Alter Hof Herding, Coesfeld, Germany

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, München, Germany

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, USA

Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, USA

Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, USA

Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California, USA

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, Miami, Florida, USA

Sao Paolo Museu de Arte, São Paulo, Brazil

Works
  • Laura de Santillana, Yellow, 2013
    Laura de Santillana
    Yellow, 2013
    Hand-blown, shaped and compressed glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Untitled (Bronze), 2003
    Laura de Santillana
    Untitled (Bronze), 2003
    Glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Untitled, 2004
    Laura de Santillana
    Untitled, 2004
    Glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Space II, 2002
    Laura de Santillana
    Space II, 2002
    Hand-blown, shaped and compressed glass, metal leaf
  • Laura de Santillana, Untitled (Partition), 2005
    Laura de Santillana
    Untitled (Partition), 2005
    Hand-blown, shaped and compressed glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Untitled (Ben’s Powder), 2011
    Laura de Santillana
    Untitled (Ben’s Powder), 2011
    Hand-blown and compressed glass, powder
  • Laura de Santillana, Untitled (Ben’s Powder), 2011
    Laura de Santillana
    Untitled (Ben’s Powder), 2011
    Hand-blown and compressed glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Untitled (Ben’s Powder), 2011
    Laura de Santillana
    Untitled (Ben’s Powder), 2011
    Hand-blown and compressed glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Untitled (Lametta), 2016
    Laura de Santillana
    Untitled (Lametta), 2016
    Hand-blown and slumped glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Untitled (Lametta), 2019
    Laura de Santillana
    Untitled (Lametta), 2019
    Hand-blown and slumped glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Untitled (Lametta), 2019
    Laura de Santillana
    Untitled (Lametta), 2019
    Hand-blown and slumped glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Untitled, ca.2021
    Laura de Santillana
    Untitled, ca.2021
    Hand-blown, shaped and compressed glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Cristallo, 2005
    Laura de Santillana
    Cristallo, 2005
    Hand-blown, shaped and compressed glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Untitled (Lametta), 2016
    Laura de Santillana
    Untitled (Lametta), 2016
    Hand-blown and slumped glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Untitled (Lametta), 2016
    Laura de Santillana
    Untitled (Lametta), 2016
    Hand-blown and slumped glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Untitled (Powders) 2002, 2002
    Laura de Santillana
    Untitled (Powders) 2002, 2002
    Glass
  • Laura de Santillana, CUT 10 (Clear with Gold Foil), 2006
    Laura de Santillana
    CUT 10 (Clear with Gold Foil), 2006
    Hand-blown, shaped, compressed and cut glass, gold foil
  • Laura de Santillana, Untitled (Lametta), 2016
    Laura de Santillana
    Untitled (Lametta), 2016
    Hand-blown and slumped glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Untitled (Lametta), 2019
    Laura de Santillana
    Untitled (Lametta), 2019
    Hand-blown and slumped glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Research Pending, 2019
    Laura de Santillana
    Research Pending, 2019
    Hand-blown and slumped glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Black Cut Diptych, 2005
    Laura de Santillana
    Black Cut Diptych, 2005
    Glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Leaf (bronze), 2007
    Laura de Santillana
    Leaf (bronze), 2007
    Glass
  • Laura de Santillana, SIL 2004, 2004
    Laura de Santillana
    SIL 2004, 2004
    Glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Untitled, 2019
    Laura de Santillana
    Untitled, 2019
    Glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Untitled, 2019
    Laura de Santillana
    Untitled, 2019
    Glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Untitled (Bamboo Tree), 2016
    Laura de Santillana
    Untitled (Bamboo Tree), 2016
    Glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Untitled (Bamboo Tree), 2016
    Laura de Santillana
    Untitled (Bamboo Tree), 2016
    Glass
  • Laura de Santillana, Untitled (Triplet), 2019
    Laura de Santillana
    Untitled (Triplet), 2019
    Glass
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