“The paperknife is an expression of strength, honour and power.
The mixture of rich materials such as different precious stones, gold and silver reminds me of the Russian world where objects of sublime beauty where produced. I named it Pyotr because of Pyotr Alekséyevich, Peter the Great”.
Only trough the collaboration with our trusted and charming suppliers from Madagascar and the expertise of the Venetian artisans we managed to create such an amazing object, delicate and masculine at same time.
The combination of different elements, Agate and Crystal Rock from Madagascar, ruby and silver reflects Giberto’s passion for jewels and for unusual pairings.
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.