My press papier are born from an object I remember seeing in my childhood home: my mother had a doorstopper with the same shape, but just a tad smaller. I kept the original shape and the proportions but I created it a bit larger and with different shades.
The glass is handblown into a mould to keep dimensions constant, then the murine are randomly positioned, thus making each object one of a kind. They are all sculptures in their own way.
The large dimensions allow the object to be personalised with an engraving – a crest, a monogram, a phrase – and to use it as a doorstopper.
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.