The Frost glass has the classical cylindrical shape of Murano’s Goto, but its outside surface has been engraved to create an effect of uniform condensation, as if the glass was just taken out of the freezer.
It is an object that instantly creates the idea of freshness and lightness and its design makes it extremely pleasant to the touch. The ruby glass finish is hot sealed to the glass’ rim, an operation that exalts the contrast between the opaque and rough surface of the glass.
“I got the idea – says Giberto while reminiscing – from some old mugs of satin glass that we found in the old chests we have in the house. The golden P for Papadopoli was printed on them”.
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.