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Before and After of the Seattle Studio

A native to Murano, Italy, Maestro Lino Tagliapietra happily calls Seattle his second home. The artist has been working in Seattle since the late 70s and has maintained a space in the center of the city for around 20 years now. The building was originally constructed in 1917 and was formerly used as an auction house. Lino had primarily used the space as room for storage and a couple offices.

The building got a major renovation that was completed in February of 2017; the project was designed by Graham Baba Architects and built by Dovetail General Contractors. The goal was to create a modern space that would allow Lino’s work to speak for itself. The end result is nothing short of amazing and does a great justice in creating the most beautiful space to present Lino’s glass art. Tours of the Maestro’s studio are free and open to the public Monday-Friday by appointment only. To schedule a tour please visit our Seattle studio page. Below are some of the before and after photos of the studio.

The front entrance to Lino’s glass studio shines bright on 2nd Ave in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle. Thanks to new track lighting and a new light monitor, the studio glows from afar. The main entrance door (far left) was also redone with a custom sign added to the doorway.

Below is the before and after of the studio facing towards 2nd avenue.

As you can see from the photos above and below, a lighter color choice was made for the floors and darker colored walls to create a soft and neutral backdrop for the vibrant pieces.

Interior view of main entrance

Lino Tagliapletra Glass Art Gallery. Seattle, Washington. Image license: Dovetail General Contractors, Graham Baba Architects and Lino Tagliapletra Inc. © Copyright 2017 Benjamin Benschneider All Rights Reserved.

The all-white tile and brick in the bathroom offset the bright colors of this “Dinosaur” piece.

A few articles were written featuring the renovation including The Architects Newspaper, Wallpaper, Gray Mag, and Icon Design.