“I chose Palazzo Corner Spinelli because I have always loved its row of mullioned windows that mark the passage from Gothic to Renaissance architecture”. This masterpiece by Mauro Codussi allows for better glass-grinding in comparison to other Palazzi, because its architecture is well-defined. The hurricane lamp is made in Murano with grey blown glass, which is then grinded to showcase the balcony of Palazzo Spinelli, including its simpering railing: a curious detail, in comparison to the traditional local architecture, which only makes the glass even more special.
Once the candle within this vase is lit, the candle-holder comes to life: The Gothic windows suddenly light up as if the Palazzo was inhabited.
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.