The spherical shape of the Cristina glass is not usual for Murano’s traditional glass-working methods:“I wanted a glass that filled the hand when held, so that the lightness of the blown glass could be felt in full”. It is made in crystal glass and is characterized by an incredible clearness, so much in fact that when held against the light it is possible to see the wiring typical of the hand-crafting technique. The Cristina glass is finished with a thin, hot sealed ruby rim, and is completed by a drop that slides down the surface “as if it was a tear on a cheek”, until it solidifies in an always unique shape. The glass’ dimension is perfect for dinner, but can also be used as an ice-cream bowl!
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.