Pomellato collaborates once again with Venetian Heritage, an international foundation that safeguards and promotes the artistic legacy of Venice. Pomellato has contributed to the funding of the Light and Reflections project bringing a state-of-the-art illumination system to the façade of the Ca’ d’Oro, which nowadays hosts the State Museum Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro and belongs to the Direzione regionale Musei Veneto , part of the Italian Ministry of Culture. The palace on Venice’s Grand Canal is famous for its exquisite open work marble façade that in the past was partially gilded, giving it the name ‘golden house.’ To mark the unveiling of the completed works, Pomellato has created the Venetian Dream diamond-set necklace inspired by this iconic Gothic palazzo.
Sabina Belli, CEO of Pomellato Group says: “We have worked with Venetian Heritage in the past, and the Ca’ d’Oro lighting project follows on from the restoration works of the Epistle Ambo in St Mark’s Basilica in 2022 and the Doge Morosini’s monument in 2020. We are committed to preserving and sharing the excellence of Italian craftsmanship, both past and present. The Ca’ d’Oro is an outstanding example of the richness of skills that Italy has brought to the world. We are proud to contribute to the enhancement of its marvellous façade that reflects the rich and varied visual culture of Venice and the name of Pomellato will be linked forever to the ‘maison d’or’ .”
The Italian Ministry of Culture and Venetian Heritage have led the project to install a sustainable and low-environmental impact night-time lighting system, designed specifically to enhance the polychrome marble of the famous Gothic façade. The lighting will emphasise the rich marble work and evoke the former gilding, making the façade of the Ca’ d’Oro shine once again. The outdoor luminaries have been conceived by Erco, a leading international specialist in sustainable architectural lighting with LED technology.
Toto Bergamo Rossi, Director of Venetian Heritage states: “This is our third collaboration with Pomellato, each one focused on enhancing a masterpiece of Venice’s cultural heritage. We are grateful to be able to count on the unwavering support of the Maison, with which we share a passion for preserving the arts. The lighting project for the façade of the Ca’ d’Oro, is the result of a unique historical-architectural lighting study that takes into account the perforations, volumes and colours of the façade, making it the first of its kind for a palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal. The façade lighting is part of a larger project for the total renovation of the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti at Ca’ d’Oro supported by Venetian Heritage. ”
Pomellato is the ideal partner in the Ca’ d’Oro project given the house’s passion for preserving Italy’s artisanal and artistic heritage. The archives reveal that Matteo Raverti - the Italian architect and sculptor who oversaw the construction of the Ca’ d’Oro building (1421-1441) - also worked on the Duomo in Milan as his name appears in the annals of the Fabbrica del Duomo between 1389 and 1404. This connection re-enforces the deep links between Pomellato’s birthplace of Milan and Venice, and the cities’ shared architectural history, source of inspiration for the brand and its creations.
As a tribute to the Light and Reflections project at the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro, Pomellato has conceived the Venetian Dream necklace, inspired by the mesmerising play of light that fills the building. The ornate forms of the façade, including the quatrefoil openings, have been decoded and reduced to three geometrical shapes that form the rose gold pendant. The irregular silhouettes of seven dazzling, fancy-cut diamonds set in a line capture the otherworldly quality of the point where the rippling water of the Grand Canal meets the symmetry of the building. The chain is set with more than 4,000 diamonds that give it a lightness and shimmering, reminiscent of the dreamlike reflections of Venice’s cityscape.
Vincenzo Castaldo, Creative Director of Pomellato comments: “The Venetian Dream necklace is a composition of mirrored elements. The jewel captures the magical play of light and reflections on the lagoon. The airiness of the design and the unusual setting of the diamonds in the pendant capture the surreal lighting atmosphere of Venice, and its almost impossible combination of magnificent architecture floating on water.”