The Mafalda glass pays tribute to my third daughter, it is a sophisticated and simple object at the same time, yet, inextricably tied to the history and, most importantly, tradition of Venice”. The Mafalda glass has a classic Murano hexagonal shape characterized by the very lightly-blown glass, but it was re-imagined and hand made with grey glass, and embellished by a small hematite button, which has been polished into a metal-looking state, to call one back to the different tones of the glass. It is offered in two sizes – water-size, and wine-size -, it is an elegantly discrete glass, which plays with the dinner table colors: perfect for an informal night, as well as for an important dinner.
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.