Like his set of drinking glasses, Giberto sees his Gerbera Vase as a natural follow-on from the traditional Venetian “goto” tumbler.
“After many years of vacationing in Greece I wanted a glass that reminded me of that vast blue sea that fills my eyes with joy; an object that is capable of bringing spring back even during the grey winter”. The Mare spring glass is large, slightly flared, hand blown in intense blue Murano glass and finished with a light blue glass paste rim. The variety of hue, from the transparent to the opaque, make it a special design piece, with spring colors, perfect for a sunny day on the boat or under a pergola in a Mediterranean home.
Following on from his set of Mare glasses, Giberto has continued the theme with a vase, whose larger size highlights the shifting colours to even greater effect.
Simple, ineffably elegant, yet quietly assertive, the slightly flared Mare Vase is fashioned exclusively by Murano craftsmen. Its myriad shades and reflections are best offset when placed on a large table filled with beautiful lilies.
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.