The Stricca glass is in a sense an evolution of Frost: the same clean and regular lines of a transparent glass cylinder, but here punctuated with opaque bands, produced with fine grinding.
The bands can be either vertical or horizontal, and are inspired by the stripes you see everywhere and every day in Venice, from the coloured strips on the mooring poles to the gondoliers’ stripey tops, even in the tines of the ferro on a gondola’s prow.
Each glass is rounded off with a hot-applied glass lip in the intense red of a lagoon sunset.
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.