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A trip to Venice became a career defining experience for designer Dorian Webb. As a student at Yale University, Dorian spent a semester in Italy to study architecture. But her eyes kept straying to the colorful glass beads she saw in the shop windows. "They kept piles of these wonderful beads in bowls," Dorian remembers. "I kept going back to look at them. The colors were so luscious you just wanted to reach out and grab a handful."
Dorian got her degree in architecture, but was still more interested in Italian culture and its centuries old traditions of craftsmanship. She learned Italian, eventually becoming fluent, and put together a small collection of jewelry just for fun. A local gallery owner loved the pieces, placed an order, and Dorian Webb was officially in the jewelry business.
That was 1991. Today, Dorian Webb Inc.'s elegant and colorful semiprecious jewelry collection is sold at department stores and upscale boutiques throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. The success of the jewelry collection led Dorian to expand into other areas; Viaggio, which comprises her designs for Venetian glass chandeliers, was the result.
Her innovative designs have been featured in many magazines, and are worn by the casts of various television shows. The Today Show spotlighted Dorian's latest collection of semiprecious jewelry as a "must have" for summer. Halle Berry, Vanessa Williams, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, and Sela Ward are also fans.
Dorian's work was first recognized for its beauty in 1993 when she won the Artisan's Award for excellence and craftsmanship at the New York Fashion Accessories Exposition. In 1998, she was commissioned to design an award for the American Red Cross to give to outstanding women in their respective fields.
Viaggio chandeliers were selected by the US Department of Commerce to represent the US lighting industry in a trade show in Brussels, Belgium, and the "Isabella" chandelier won the award for best in show for the lighting category at the High Point International Furniture Market. Most recently, Bloomingdale's commissioned Dorian to design chandeliers for its renovated dress department in its flagship store. Dorian also starred in an episode of "Your Private Island" on the Fine Living channel which followed her in her travels to the island of Panarea to find inspiration for her designs.