The riga menà technique is used in the Murano furnaces to create the effect of lines on the glass, as you can see on the green Fizzy glass with pink rim. While the glass is being handblown it is also streaked, turned and pulled. It is quite fascinating to see the maestro create special objects with this technique. Every glass that exits the furnace is on of a kind, he will never have an identical twin. Each of these creations has been carrying the Venice and Murano dream for more than 1000 years.
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.