When I design a new product my friends, my family, my travels and my childhood memories are my greatest source of inspiration. My aunt Nicky Arrivabene Visconti di Modrone, here in a photo by George Hoyningen-Huene for Vogue Paris, was one of my favorite people. I created this frame in her honor and in honor of her adventurous personality.
One time she told me about her trip to India in the Thirties. She sailed off with my father to reach a Maharaja’s Palace. Soon after their arrival, the three embarked on a journey deep into the wilderness. Surrounded by the sounds of the wild animals, they camped out beneath the tropical greenery, awaiting the sleek and fierce leopard. Finally, the majestic feline appeared making its way through the thick vegetation with royal grace. The three sat in awe as the animal approached. It had spotted them and started snarling. Thankfully, my father had years of experience with firearms. He lifted his rifle swiftly, aimed at the sky, and fired. The smell of gunpowder filled the air as they saw the large cat escaping in terror, pouncing through the thick vegetation.
The Leopardo frame, made with Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua velvet, hand blown Murano glass canne, or canes, and mahogany wood, is perfect for your thrill-seeking loved ones and for your adventurous journeys.
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.