Board a ferry heading northeast from Venice, Italy and you’ll land on the tiny island of Burano — a fishing community of two thousand Italians living in small, brightly painted homes. The colors here are rich, deeply saturated, and at times magically transform the town’s traditional architecture into bold, modernist sculptures. Elderly residents — of which there are many — hang out in open doorways and say ciao or demonstrate lace making for curious onlookers.