“The Roi jug has the classical shape of the pitchers I was used to seeing on the dining tables of different homes: simple, elegant, with a round base and a long neck, which I chose to personalize it by enriching it with a heat-applied pink rim”. The contrast between the pink border and the grey blown glass makes this a unique object of rare elegance, fit to hold water and wine, but particularly fitting to draw oxygen into heavy-reds before they are served. The smooth surface of the jug can, upon request, be engraved with decorative motifs, such as insects, initials, flowers, or other shapes.
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.