Gabriele D’Annunzio is one of Italy’s most recognised authors of the early twentieth century. He spent many days in Venice alongside his muse and lover Luisa Casati, who lived in Palazzo Venier, home to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. One day, in “Venezia la Bella” Gabriele D’Annunzio and Vera Arrivabene, Giberto’s grandmother, crossed paths and became friends exchanging letters throughout the years.
“When I came across one of D’Annunzio’s letters, I decided I wanted to create a glass that best expressed his dual vision of the world as a decadent poet, bringing together the negative view of the poèt maudit as well as his enthusiasm for other fellow writers’ new mindset, diverse and detached from the ascending bourgeoisie. I couldn’t think of better colors to convey this contrast than Murano’s romantic fumé grey and deep passion red”.
Part of the Spring collection, the D’Annunzio is ideal for cocktails, drinks, water, juice or an elegant spritz that will bring you back to the romantic city of Venice.
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.