Whilst on a trip in Morocco, lost in one of Marrakech’s many souks, Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga found himself sipping tea from a traditional local glass. In particular, he noted this glass was typically decorated with the facades of a palace. There, in the midst of the souk’s inebriating scents and with a tiny example of imperial beauty between his fingers, Giberto conceived the idea for the Palazzo Glasses.
With the help of our Muranese Master Engraver, a series of 6 engraved glasses was envisioned and created. Each of them carries the facade of a Venetian palace: Palazzo Ariani, Palazzo Papadopoli, Palazzo Ducale, Ca d’Oro, Palazzo Spinelli and Palazzo Grimani.
Venetian glass, always the protagonist in Giberto’s collections, is exclusively worked in Murano. Each glass, each specific object, is blown by master glassmakers in the Venetian furnaces. Giberto personally takes his watercolours to them to discuss and refine the projects, to check their feasibility, and to make eventual changes. Once the desired shape has been obtained, it’s time for the decorations.
Before being unveiled, the Palazzo glasses have gone through this meticulous yet thrilling process of high manufacture and delicate crafting. Now while they are a perfect choice for your drinks, they are so versatile that they can be used as flower vases and decoratively- always tickling the imagination. Today the Palazzo glasses are Giberto’s most iconic product and, needless to say, its best sellers.
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.