“The Ardesia frame, designed in two different sizes, unites my two great passions: semi-precious stones and, of course, Murano glass”.
The clear cut of the large rectangular surface of the slate is lightened by an internal glass profile made with the rigà-menà technique, as well as a malachite button which is applied on the top of the picture frame.
The contrast between materials and colors makes this an object of vast elegance and, at the same time, proper modernity. The frame fits perfectly inside a modern home, as well as in one decorated with antique objects.
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.