The Baltico frame is of a very special green. Our Venetian lagoon in fact is exactly this color at times.
The frame is assembled by the knowledgeable hands of the muranese artisans. It unites the strong mahogany wood with Tessiture Luigi Bevilacqua’s velvet, the Murano glass canes, and the brass nails that generally support the large mirrors on the Noble floors of the greatest Venetian Palazzi. Materials that are so far from one another and that together create a wonderful object. A perfect gift for every occasion.
In the photo (only for show) we remember that time Franca Sozzani and Robert Rabenstainer asked Giberto and his wife Bianca to dress in tight or morning suit for the 2007 Uomo Vogue edition in which other couples also dressed in menswear. Luckily the amazing photographer Deborah Turbeville was in town to photograph Palazzo Papadopoli, today Aman Venice, with its inhabitants. Finally she made the shot happen.
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.