Murano

Off the coast of Venice lies the island of Murano, a name synonymous with hand-blown glass. In crucible-hot furnaces, master glassblowers work molten "gathers" on the ends of rods, passing the gathers into the fire and out, then on to one another—blowing, turning and shaping in a dance as fluid as the molten material. From heat and grit arise delicate flutes in ruby, cobalt and jade—and elegant, curvaceous wineglasses that feel just right in the hand. Dolce works with Nason & Moretti, a company dedicated, simply, to the perfection of glassware. We love their masterful pieces for the balance they strike between ornate form and practical function.