The green press papier was conceived during a lovely walk in the Alpago woods on a warm summer afternoon. The trees stretch tall into the sky and the light that filters through creates a plethora of different green hues. The same hues Giberto spoke about with the Master in Murano so that this beautiful object could be planned. The different variations in color can be admired when the glass is kissed by the light.
The press papier can be personalised with engravings of a crest, a logo, a monogram or a drawing. Whatever reminds you of a special event or moment in time.
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.