History of De Majo
It all began when the company‘s founder, Guido de Majo, then a resident of Naples, decided to move to Murano, a series of islands in the Venetian Lagoon and world-famous for its long-standing glassmaking tradition. It is there that De Majo Illuminazione was founded in the year 1947. Writing a success story ever since, it wouldn‘t take long for De Majo to establish itself as a leading figure in the Murano glass industry.
Market-conscious and endowed with the spirit of innovation, De Majo would be among the first to lead Murano glass production towards the field of design, a development gaining traction in the 1970s. Since then, De Majo has played a key role in artfully joining the tradition-oriented glassmaking of Murano with contemporary stylistic elements and design. Developing a standardized range of products, De Majo made a major innovatory step, thereby elevating Murano glass to a new set of design possibilities, which allowed the company, always eager to collaborate with talented designers, to tap into the rich potentials of Murano glass which hitertho had remained hidden.
This history of De Majo‘s clever decision-making and timing, along with its high quality production, has helped De Majo to maintain a consistently high demand for its lighting for over 70 years of the company‘s existence.
De Majo‘s Philosophy: A Passion for Ethics and Art
De Majo not only has a distinct brand of lighting, but also a consolidated vision underpinned by firm ethical principles and a philosophy of art dervided from decades of experience in collaborating with artists and designers.
De Majo believes in the values of freedom of expression and diversity, but also the welfare of people and the integrity of our environment. This is also a call for care to be taken of the surrounding ecosystem in the Venetian Lagoon, with its water and air demanding sustainable, eco-friendly solutions.
Art, following De Majo‘s understanding, has a living quality which cannot be broken down by interpretative efforts. It is best observed in the creative process, which comes about in immediacy. It marks a pre-verbal activity for which there is no language other than one comparable to poetry, which is, at its core, an act of re-creation, detached from quotations and references within a verbal medium, but rather, consisting in an attempt to penetrate into the immediacy of the living experience at the very outskirts of it.
De Majo: Bridge between Old and New
On the one hand, De Majo has set out to preserve Murano‘s glassmaking techniques of old, honoring traditions and centuries of manufacturing experience distilled therein. And on the other, there is a clear understanding that the demands of the time, having their roots in practical needs, should never be neglected for the sake of preserving tradition alone. With such a balancing act as their goal, De Majo seeks to mediate between the old and the new, both figuring in the manufacturing process as well as in the aesthetics of its ever brilliantly designed lighting.
In De Majo‘s assortment, you can find ceiling lights, such as the remarkable Pro-Secco designed by Oriano Favaretto, with pearly, crystal clear shaders crafted out of borosilicate glass, a designer piece bearing striking resemblance to bubbles rising in Italian prosecco, completed by a chromed metallic fixture. In the suspended, pendant lights section, De Majo offers its Tradizione line – noble, richly ornamented chandeliers in classical Venetian designs. Along with these beautiful chandeliers, one can also find contemporary pendant lamps, a noteable example of which is the Cannettata by De Majo. Designed by Massimo Iosa Ghini, this circular shaped crystal shader with reliefs has an anodized aluminium structure and a metal rosette in white lacquer. Many of De Majo‘s core designs are available in different versions, such as wall lamps, spot lights, standing floor lamps and table lamps, together with ceiling lamps and chandeliers.
As for the table lamps, De Majo‘s Lumè by Nicola Grandesso, with a white lacquered metal structure covered in clear borosilicate glass and a milky-white shade made out of glass, or the white glass diffusers and white lacquered metal structure of Babol by the same designer, which is also available as a standing floor lamp, both serve as wonderful examples of De Majo‘s wide arrayed assortment of cleverly designed lighting able to enrich any interior.