“I chose Palazzo Corner Spinelli because I have always loved its row of mullioned windows that mark the passage of gothic architecture into renaissance architecture”. This masterpiece by Mauro Codussi allows for better glass-grinding in comparison to other Palazzi, because its architecture is well-defined.
The glass has been hand-made in Murano in crystal and antique crystal glass, which is then grinded to showcase the balcony of Palazzo Spinelli, including its simpering railing: a curious detail, in comparison to the traditional local architecture, which makes the glass even more special. The alternation between smooth and grinded glass plays joyful luminous contrasts, and it is quite pleasant to the touch. The Palazzo Spinelli glasses are magnificent decoration pieces, but they are also wonderful glasses in which to serve cocktails.
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.