In the first century before our era, the roman architect Vitruvius wrote a treaty on architecture entitled De architectura, a work that has been enormously influential, especially during the Renaissance when it was rediscovered. In it he described the qualities a building should have, such as: Firmitas – a building has to be solid, Vtilitas – a building has to serve to a purpose, and finally, Venvstas – a building has to be beautiful.
To explain what is solid and what is useful can be for many a simple thing to do, but for most to try to put into words why something is or not beautiful has been always a difficult task. If we refer to the latin word “venvstas”- all we need to know is that beautiful is considered such because it has the characteristics of Venus.
Everything that surrounds us is designed, even when we think it is not. However, many times what we see and touch has been made in a way that the least important is the way it looks. The beauty of something is and should be as important as any other characteristic, and eventually the beauty is the result of a combination between the function, the materials and our perception. One can see that in nature, and we can say without feeling insecure that nature is beautiful.
In Venvstas they have set their minds and souls into creating unique objects that will not only carry the quality of Venus, but will honor all three vitruvian principles, striving for the harmony of nature. Their pieces are crafted by hand with care and precision, designed and built to last – something that is as rare as to find good, beautifully designed objects in a complex, beautiful world.
That has been their path since the beginning, from the first designs in the Atelier in Montmartre, Paris, to the last ones that are proudly produced in Italy today.
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