What’s in a name? Sometimes, a name is needed to pinpoint a moment in time, the rising of a new and captivating idea, and equally to remember those who inspired us the most.
On a beautiful autumn evening, we were invited for dinner by our Spanish friend and very talented musician Enrique to his Palazzo on the Grand Canal in Venice. There, after a very special piano performance where he played Chopin’s Nocturnes, a lovely iced Prosecco was served in glasses whose shape Giberto had never seen before. It looked like a Martini Glass, yet with a twist.
Inspired by that object and by the charming evening, Giberto designed a new Martini glass. Playing with transparency and hues, he came up with two variations of colours: crystal and fumè. The final creations were, naturally, named Enrique.
A pair of Enrique glasses make the perfect wedding or engagement presents, bringing back the intimate atmosphere that led to their creation.
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.