Jai is a small glass blown in cylindrical shape and comes in a variety of colours. It is finished with a platinum lip and further embellished with a circular semiprecious stone.
“Jai is the result of a trip to Jaipur, the magical capital of Rajasthan, where the idea came to me of using semiprecious stones for some of my pieces”.
That original idea turned out to be quite difficult to achieve, as the combining of the two materials – blown glass and precious stone – was only made possible by the discovery of a completely transparent glue that had to be applied with great precision.
“The selection of a stone to apply was quite a tricky one, given the need to create a chromatic dialogue with the transparency of the glass: my choice in the end fell on hematite because of its rather steely blue that marries well with the essential nature of glass”.
Jai is the perfect glass for all kinds of occasion, but perhaps ideally for keeping in the freezer for a shot of Vodka or a Dry Martini.
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.