“This object was created because of a specific request a friend made to me: he asked me to design a glass with stem for his home. While I am not a particular fan of stem glasses, I tried to create something that was true to my taste and satisfied my client’s wishes”. Tulipano sits on a solid base and develops into a triangular shape that reminds people of the flower’s corolla and is then finished with a thin rim of blown glass – light blue or pink -, which highlights the freshness of the object. Handcrafted, and thus with the presence of imperfections that add to its beauty, Tulipano exists two versions: water and wine.
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.