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What, exactly, does added value in stone design hope to achieve?

Bench „Organic“. Design Fernanda Marquez. Company: Corcovado Brasigran. Stone: marble Raffaello.

The Vitória Stone Fair included a presentation, which left us at a loss for words

What, exactly, is added value? We are forced to pose this question after this second edition of „Brazilian Stone Original Design“. The aim of the 21 objects by 17 creatives was to show the country’s stones from an unusual perspective, and, in this way, give them added value – at least in theory according to the catalog. The presentation stood under the auspices of Abirochas, the Brazilian Stone Trade Organization, in cooperation with Apex, the Export Propagation Organization. The objects were presented at Vitória Stone Fair in its 48th edition (February 12th to 15th 2019).

Is value added achieved when a product has been created which allows the stone to be sold at a higher price than mere square meter flooring or façade cladding? Is added value linked to salability?
Or is added value reached when the stones in whatever form („furniture, art pieces or objects” according to the catalog) are once presented with a lot of rhetoric and nice photos of the creative and then forgotten in back rooms?

Bench „Domino“. Design: Claudio Moreira Salles. Company: Corcovado Brasigran. Stone: granite Antartic White.Table „Garoa“. Design: Rodrigo Ohtake. Company: Qualitá Group. Stone: marble Riviera (plate), marble Lanzarote.

We question the added value of most of the items (please note: not all!), as we had last year.

Did they demonstrate „the versatility of stone“, as was a declared aim according to the catalog?
Surely not. Objects devoid of functionality are not suitable as representatives of how marble, granite, etc can be used in everyday life.

After all, the added value may lie in the opportunities for marketing e.g. showing at architectural or interior design fairs.

Table „Entremontes“. Design: Rodrigo Ohtake. Company: Qualitá Group. Stone: marble Lanzarote (plate), marble Riviera.Table „Pablinas II“. Design: Leo Di Caprio. Company: Granduvale Mineração. Stone: quartzite Santorini Cross Cut.

But this was not achieved either. Most of the objects were neither an inspiration for architects nor for designers. Objects made of massif stone evoke fear and deter consumers.

The exhibit was assembled by architect Vivian Koser, acting curator.

Designers were Andrea Macruz, Bruno Jahara, Claudia Moreira Salles, estudiobola, Fernanda Marques, Jader Almeida, Luciano Santelli, Leo Di Caprio, Luciano Dalla Marta, Ludson Zampirolli, Noemi Saga, Ricardo Freisleben, Ronald Sasson, Rodrigo Ohtake and Studio Sette7. Artists were: Hilal Sami Hilal and Beth Jobim.

Participating producing companies were: Brasigran, Dapaz, Granos, Guidoni, Granduvale, Magramar, Magban, Marbrasa, Qualitá e QuartzBlue.

Here are some of the objects.

Abirochas

Photos: Abirochas

Coffee table „Gocce“. Design: Ronald Sasson. Company: Qaurtzblue. Stone: quartzite Harpia Crystal.Coffee table „Tapis“ series. Design: Luciano Dalla Marta. Company: Guidoni. Stone: marble Maximus (above), granite Amarone (below).Sculpture „Jazida“ series. Artist: Beth Jobim. Company: Corcovado Brasigran. Stone: granite Café Imperial.Sculpture „Pedra Cobre Perda“ series. Artist: Hilal Sami Hilal, Company: Corcovado Brasigran. Stone: quartzite Greenpeace.Fruit bowl „Minimal“. Design: Konsepta. Company: Quartzblue. Stone: quartzite Sunflower.Fruit bowl „e.ro“. Design: Andrea Macruz. Company: Cajugram. Stone: marble Shadow.Vases. Design: Vivian Coser. Company: Corcovado Brasigran.Side table „Jardim“. Design: Jader Almeida. Company: Corcovado Brasigran. Stone: quartzite Iron Red.Tray „Aro“. Design: esudiobola. Company: Magban. Stone: quartzite Dolomítico Matarazzo.Tray „Caparaó“. Design: Ricardo Freisleben. Company: Marbrasa. Stone: marble Branco Cachoeiro.Tray „Caparaó“. Design: Ricardo Freisleben. Company: Marbrasa. Stone: granite Preto São Gabriel.

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(05.04.2019; USA: 04.05.2019)