I have always adored Asian culture. There, the majestic peony is worshipped as barer of good luck and symbol of a happy marriage. Representation of love and affection, it also carries the meanings of prosperity, honour, and nobility of mind. I had to dedicate this beautiful flower to my loving wife Bianca, amazing mother and hard worker, here in the photo with my first daughter Viola in celebration of Mother’s Day.
At Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua, where textiles are still woven on wooden looms, I found the ideal velvet to do so, one that resembled the light pinks and violets of the petals. I thus created the Peonia picture frame, uniting the Zig Zag textile to the sturdy mahogany base, and completing the design with Murano glass canne, or canes, that give the design item a polished finishing touch.
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.