The Noemi glass has a cylindrical shape, classical of Murano’s Goto. I decided to enrich the glass by blowing it with the rigà-menà technique and by finishing it with a thin red rim that warms the grey tones of the glass”. The ruby rim, hot sealed with great attention and precision, is closed by a rubydrop that slides down the glass, as a tear would, until it solidifies.
The ridged method that is used to create this glass makes it extremely pleasant to the touch and multiplies the different tonalities of greys. The Noemi is perfect for all kinds of dinner tables and, in its water version, it can also become an informal glass in which to have a cocktail after work.
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.