Founded on the Murano island in Venice, Italy in 1981, Foscarini started out creating blown glass-based lighting. They eventually expanded into other materials (the first being the Havana in 1993), and moved in 1994 to the Marcon area of Venice, into a building that reflected the modern aesthetic of their contemporary lighting. Success led to brand stability and swiftly growing name recognition.

This and a reputation for design flexibility led to a collaboration in 2009 with fellow design rebel Diesel Home. There aren't many European lighting designers that are as fiercely independent, creative and joyful in their work as Foscarini. The kernels of freedom that characterize the company were planted way back in the Murano days; a lack of a furnace meant they had to pick and choose who to use for a specific project. They never settled into a pattern. This mentality has blended together with a diverse pool of designers-with varied levels of experience and creativity-resulting in fixtures that have strong (often ironic) personalities and that express new ideas.