“The Papadopoli was inspired by my family’s palazzo; thus, it was a natural choice to include it in the collection of glasses that pay tribute to Venice’s palazzi. I wanted to bring it to life by grinding the second Noble floor design into the glass, which includes the baroque windows of the attic in which I live with my family, along with the extraordinary obelisks that decorate the roof”.
The glass is made in Murano, in crystal and antique crystal glass, blown by the master-glazier, and decorated with the most iconic façade details that can be seen from the Canal Grande. The alternation of smooth and opaque glass makes this an object of rare elegance, in addition to being extremely pleasing to the touch. The glasses’ personality is so intense that it can undertake any role: at dinner they can inhabit the table as miniature buildings.
The life of Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga is viscerally linked to Venice. His childhood memories, the most beautiful, are those that have taken place in the rooms of Palazzo Papadopoli, between frescoes of Tiepolo and family affection. “In my earliest memories Venice had other colours. It was more obscure, dramatic, decayed and deeply romantic – simply beautiful. There wasn’t the same light like there is today – more dazzling perhaps, but less poetic.”
Each piece derives from a watercolour sketch made by Giberto on tracing paper: “When I see something that inspires me, or an object that I like, I sketch and rework it – then move on to the realization of it.”
The glass, the main material in the collections, is worked exclusively in Murano. Each glass, each specific object, is blown by master glassmakers in the Venetian furnaces.
Giberto takes his watercolours to discuss with them and refine the project, check its feasibility, and to make eventual changes.