“Once again, an object in my collection originates from my childhood: I still remember the rigà-menà pitchers in my house. I loved the effect of this ancient Murano technique even at the time because it seems to bring the glass itself to life: the thin ridges that develop in the opposite way on the glass, highlight the various reflections. Even its content seems, all of the sudden, effervescent, fresh, and that’s what sparked the idea of calling this jug Fizzy”.
The Fizzy pitcher is made of the precious pink Murano glass – obtained with ruby and gold dust -, and it is finished with a thin black edge applied while the glass is still hot.
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.