The inspiration for the Gibi jug, Giberto’s nickname, originates once again from the objects that were a part of his life. “The drawing begins with a decanter I used to see at my house, which was of slightly smaller dimensions than this pitcher; I loved its shape, but I wasn’t sure of the handle and chose to eliminate it. A seagull sat on the ledge while I was reflecting on the possible solutions; I observed its sharp beak, the continuous linearity of its body, and I decided to finish the jug with a silver “beak”, applied to the hand-blown glass”. The contrast between silver and blown glass brings out the characteristics of both materials, creating an equilibrium of sophisticate elegance.
The Gibi jug exists in four colors – light amethyst, fumé, black and green – and it is perfect to serve the most exquisite wines.
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.