Roi is a series of a jug and six grey glasses blown into a slightly flared shape that unite Murano’s tradition with modern design.
“I wanted to play with texture, alternating the larger smooth water glass with two smaller ones, one for wine and the other for sake – decorated with Murano’s rigà-menà technique and finished with a precious pink glass rim. The masters’ craftsmanship is exemplified by the capacity to hot seal the rim without causing the glass, which has already cooled down, to explode”. The contrast between the deep-pink rim and the grey color of the glass, as well as the difference of the two surfaces, make the table livelier and inevitably hectic, all while remaining close to the most ancient Murano tradition.
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.