Surely you have all seen Summertime, the most fun and romantic movie taking place in Venice. If you haven’t, you must! The most witty scene is of Katherine Hepburn gracefully and elegantly falling into the blue lagoon. This photo inspired Giberto to create a new frame. One that would represent the city’s colors back in the day when he would jump off bridges and into the canal. When he would run around the campo, this is what we call a square, playing soccer with his friends. A color that would take him back to his childhood.
He found it at Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua‘s atelier on the Grand Canal where the velvets, silks and cottons are still woven on XVIII century looms. Egeo in the Zig Zag pattern is the perfect gift to frame the most extraordinary moments you have captured on camera.
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.