“After I had stayed in Jaipur, delightful city in the Rajasthan region, I tried to recreate India’s incredible color contrasts with glass”; the Jai bowl exists in five shades of blown glass – amber, crystal, black, red, and green – finished with a platinum rim and a small hematite button. “I chose hematite for its iron-like light blue color, which adapts very well to the nature of glass itself”.
The cup is an object that is both original and complex, combining three different elements – the blown glass, metal and stone – that stand out for their distant nature. This glass can be combined with the shot glasses of the same Jai series, but it also works well with the colors of the Vaso collection and Viola jug. The cup is perfect to serve gelato, fruit, or desserts, but it is also perfect by itself to serve sauces or aperitifs.
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.