Product design in Portuguese natural stone

Tiago Figueiredo, Grupo Galrão.

(September 2013) The aim of a joint project of Portugal’s Cevalor Center for Natural Stone Technology and the Universidade Lusófona of Lisbon was to open new markets for Portugal’s stone branch by means of innovative product design. Bachelor and master students of the university under the patronage of Professor Sofia Áquas were given the task of designing every-day items capable of being mass produced in natural stone.

We present three of the projects to which information was available.

A bench by Tiago Figueiredo, 37.5 cm high and 50 cm deep comprising 45.2 cm-long modules, whereby a number of modules can be joined together to form a longer unit.

The shape of the bench is unusual: at first glance it looks like so many slices, at the edges straight lines are playfully extended. To this end CNC-Technology was needed in production.

Mármores Galrão produced a prototype of the bench in Estremoz de Pardais marble and will present it at this year’s Marmomacc 2013 in Verona.

Tiago Figueiredo (Mail)

Mármores Galrão

Ana Margarida Costa, Granisintra.

Ana Margarida Costa designed a barbecue table in keeping with the Portuguese tradition of impromptu get-togethers for a warm meal, as she explains in a mail.

The surface of the charcoal pit extends all along the table center so that everyone can prepare their meat or fish according to their own desire.

The table surface can be folded down allowing use of the furniture in the traditional manner for preparing a barbecue feast.

Natural stone ensures that the construction is sturdy. The 2 cm-thick slabs are glued together. The inside of the barbecue pit is lined with fireclay and comes with a covering. The table surfaces can be made of glass, wood or natural stone to desire.

Ana Margarida Costa produced the prototype in cooperation with Granisintra Company, which proposed implementation of Ardosia de Foz Côa slate.

Ana Margarida Costa (Mail)


Rita Marques Pires, Grupo Galrão.

Rita Marques Pires was inspired by the age-old tradition of paper marbling for her tables. The technique calls for paint to be dribbled into a pool of contrasting paint. Swirling the masses lightly produces a marble effect. The color can then be transposed to a book binding or stone slabs.

Usually the design or pattern is elongated but Rita Marques Pires chose concentric circles for her „Marmorioso“ table tops with alternating rings of marble and lacquered wood.

The tier-leveled tables are components of a set. Prototype production was by Mármores Galrão.

Rita Marques Pires (Mail)

Mármores Galrão

Students participated in designing a total of 23 projects. Among cooperating realizing companies were Plácido José Simões, Feliciano Soares, Granifinas and Inovopedra.

Cevalor explains the project in a web page: product design is a „critical success factor“ for the natural stone branch because of the added value. This is why it will be concentrating on the sector of product design.

Cevalor (Portuguese)

Renderings/Fotos: Students

(25.09.2013) (USA: 09.25.2013)