Ermanno Toso was born in 1903, in the ancient glassmakers family.
In fatc the Toso’s story began in 1854 with six brothers; Ferdinando, Carlo Francesco Nico-lò, Liberato, Angelo, Giovanni and Gregorio Toso, Pietro’ s sons from the branch Toso “Cangio-ro”. All the protagonists of Fratelli Toso’ s story descend from them.
At the beginnings the factory produced common glasses, but then it specializes rapidly in the artistic blown glass production: objects, lamps, mirrors, Fratelli Toso’ s production was extended, always with high artistic and handcrafted value.
After 1880, they were one of the first ones to reuse the ancient technique of murrina and just the murrina, during the years, became Fratelli Toso’ s symbol, its trademark.
From 1924 Ermanno has been Fratelli Toso artistic manager and designer: many of his designs have been displayed at Venice Biennale from the 1930 until 1964. He designed beautiful lines of murrina vases such as "Kiku", "Redentore", "Foglie", "Nerox" and "Petoni".
In the first part of his career he created lines of vases fully made by traditional murrina, new designs but with the same style: later he designed innovative and colorful murrina used to realize modern lines of vases. Traditional colours and shapes are revolutionized.
After his cousin Michele' s death in 1946, he had to replace him as commercial director: indeed he hired Pollio Perelda as designer to help him in the artistic direction. Betwen 1936 and 1964 Ermanno participated to all the Biennals of Venice and Triennals of Milan.
Thank Ermanno and Pollio, in those years the most fascinating murrine were realized by the ability of glass masters, such as Zuf, Finottello, Ferro; sets of murrina have been presented in the most important exhibitions at national and inter-national level. But not only murrine; in the most successful period, between the 40’s and the late 60’s, there were also many sets of artistic soffiati realized always thank the design of Ermanno Toso and Pollio Perelda, and to the very capable hands of Fratelli Toso’s masters.
He died in 1973.
The exhibition La Fratelli Toso arrives in Altare (SV)
The masterpieces realized by the glass factory Fratelli Toso between 1930 and 1980 arrives in the beautiful museum Museo dell'Arte Vetraria in Altare, a little medieval town in Liguria, with a long tradition in glass making.
Inside an Art Nouveau style villa, you can retrace the most important moments of the Fratelli Toso glass factory throughout the 50 historical pieces on show, in addition to several sketches and historical pictures.
You can visit the exhibition until February 27, 2022
Exhibition PENSIERO NOMADE - opere di Sergio Cerini
On Thursday 18 November, we present at Lamari Creative Shopping the artworks by Sergio Cerini, in the exhibition Pensiero Nomade.
The artist Sergio Cerini, after an important career in fashion, shifts his creativity and communicative strength towards visual art. Art and fashion, creativity and research, aesthetics and color, curiosity and experimentation:
these are the elements that characterize the works on display, managing to convey to the observer the dreaming and dreamed world by the artist