In recent years the Marmomac fair has organised diverse events in which 10 big names in contemporary design were invited to reinterpret marble and natural stone combining the creativity of these artists with the resources offered by new technologies.
1.- For Wallpaper* Handmade 2013, Michael Anastassiades worked alongside Henraux to create recipients in Miracle Chips marble. The Cypriot designer pushed the capabilities of the Tuscany-based company's advanced technologies to the limit while retaining all the beauty and intrinsic qualities of the material.
2.- The Marmeria bookcase designed by Archea Associati for Luce di Carrara was previewed at Marmomac in 2015; it is made up of individual items that can be assembled freely. This item of furniture enhances the features, colours and tactile sensations of marble that vary in relation to the type and brightness of the surface finish.
Luce di Carrara
3.- Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec created a small yet nonetheless monumental fountain in the garden of the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany. A long, tapered element in grey marble has a small tap and a central groove where the water flows.
4.- Lee Broom, a British designer, celebrated the tenth anniversary of his studio with a limited edition pendulum clock inspired by brutalism. The Time Machine project was developed from a single block of Carrara marble.
5.- How to reinterpret a design classic using contemporary technologies: Zaha Hadid Architects worked with the AKT II engineering studio to combines marble and carbon fibre in this original re-edition of the legendary Shell Chair by Danish designer Hans J. Wegner first produced in 1963.
6.- A material that is generally perceived to be solid, heavy and durable can nevertheless also be light and ethereal. The Stone Pendant hanging lamp by London designer Tom Dixon is clear proof of this.
7.- In 2018, legendary stylist Karl Lagerfeld took up the challenge of marble and the canons of Greek-Roman beauty to develop a precious and impressive collection of "functional sculptures", which he then exhibited at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris.
Carpenters Workshop Gallery
8.- Piero Lissoni created a series of tables and coffee tables with characteristic cylindrical and modular shapes. The 1949 collection is enhanced by the quality materials used, including solid ash wood, four types of marble and variants with glass tops in different colours.
9.- The Volumes collection by Konstantin Grcic for the Galerie Kreo in London blurs the boundary between sculpture and design. The German designer worked with blocks of Bleu de Savoie marble to prepare six enbloc furnishing items.
10.- The curved outdoor bench Onda by Italian designers Paolo Ulian and Moreno Ratti was designed to minimise material waste. The furniture item by Upground is produced from a single block cut in sequence.
Paolo Ulian & Moreno Ratti