The Cannon Ball sphere was created after a conversation with Olivia, friend and general manager of Aman, during the work that converted Palazzo Papadopoli into the hotel it is today: while we looked at the ceiling decorated by Tiepolo, we imagined a large black glass ball that would imitate the ones he has painted in his frescos”. We created a solid-glass doorstopper, slightly iridescent and etched on the outside, so that the green, purple, and red tones can better adapt themselves to the nuances of 18th century painting.
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.