The name Tiffany Studios was formally adopted in 1902 when its founder, artist/designer Louis Comfort Tiffany, began the commercial design and industrial production of glassware. In 1885, Tiffany had started the Tiffany Glass Company, which was a successor to his design firm, Louis C. Tiffany and Associated Artists. The Chicago Columbian Exposition in 1893 was a turning point for Tiffany who began to gain renown in the U.S. and in Europe for his design work in glass. Tiffany was inspired by that experience to build furnaces to manufacture his own glass. With the help of Arthur J. Nash, he built Tiffany Furnaces in Corona, New York.
The founding of Tiffany Studios and Furnaces signals Tiffany's transition from exclusively special order, architectural and interior design commissions to the mass-manufacture of glassware, cast bronze objects and the now-prized Tiffany lamps. Tiffany retired in 1919 and Joseph Briggs was made head of the company. Tiffany Studios and Furnaces closed in 1932 due to the effects of the Great Depression (1929 to the end of the 1930s). The Tiffany Studios’ name represents the highly respected closing act of L.C. Tiffany's long career as a designer, and the Studios are credited with producing some of the most esteemed art glass of the American Art Nouveau period.