Palazzo Ariani is located in Venice, facing the Rio dei Carmini in the Dorsoduro neighborhood in Venice. It is a magnificent Palazzo that has always left Giberto dreaming of its façade, which is a true masterpiece of Gothic architecture.
This hurricane lamp, which is inspired by Palazzo Ariani, is crafted in Murano, where the master glazier blows the grey glass into shape, and then grinds the extraordinary marble decoration on the façade. The alternation between the smooth surface of the glass and that of the opaque grinded decorations, make this an object of rare elegance. Once the candle within this vase is lit, the candleholder 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.