Platinum’s color has always been on Giberto’s mind. The color of metal, strong, shiny and sparkling. The color of the Venetian lagoon when it glimmers under the the full moon. After the Oro glass, the inspiration for the Platino glass came immediately when thinking about the tables at parties. When speaking with Maestro Gianni Seguso the compromise was that of using platinum and silver for the creation of this beautiful glass.
When you look at the glass the impression is that of admiring a snowfall. A wonderful snowfall with platinum flakes that remind us of the Christmas holidays.
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.