A smile slowly forming at the corners of the lips, the soft bubbling sound of liquor, the clink of a calice: Celebration is a Coupe de Champagne.
It was indeed a festive occasion that led Giberto Arrivabene to create the one and only goblet of his collection: The San Valentino Coupe, the re-imagining of a priceless model he found in his Venetian home.
“Usually, I don’t like stems,” Giberto confesses. “I created a champagne coupe upon the request of a friend, but the form had to remain simple. It’s the detail that makes the difference.”
Simple, yet unique. The classical lines of the coupe de champagne are redesigned in Giberto’s signature style. The crystal colored glass gives the San Valentino Coupe an ageless, subtly antique feel, and this almost ethereal model is complemented by the “RigaMenà” twisted stem. A detail which should not be overlooked, as it brings a unique feeling of touch and texture to the handler.
In an amalgamation between fragility and boldness; the slim platinum rim suggests frail elegance, and invites thirsty lips to drink carefully, while the small rounded hematite stones embedded below gives the glass a true physical presence.
The superb effect of the San Valentino Coupe comes to life thanks to the hand-blown glass- makers of Murano. The glass is carefully blown whilst the platinum rim is added later by the most skillful of decorators, when the material begins to cool.
A must-have glass for every celebration, the San Valentino Coupe makes the perfect choice for classic cocktails and, of course, for timeless champagne with your loved ones.
The San Valentino Coupe de Champagne is part of an exclusive collection that also features the Allegra Flûte, the Isabelle and Mafalda Wine and Water Glasses.
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.