“I dedicated this paperknife to my grandson Iacopo, wishing him the faculty of always maintaining a similar balance between strength and grace”. The long silver blade is lodged in a carved rock crystal handle enriched with two semiprecious stone buttons. The combination of different elements reflects Giberto’s passion for jewels and for unusual pairings: Iacopo is piece of unequivocal elegance, made for a prestigious desk. The physical weight of its precious component materials make it equally serviceable as a paperweight.
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.