Marmomac 2020: 10 international designers re-interprete marble by forming the age-old and eternal material with young and modern technologies

Wallpaper* Handmade 2013, Michael Anastassiades, Henraux.

Shown will be sculptural furniture and unexpected objects as well as essential and minimal shapes or ideas focusing on the stone’s veins and colors

Veronafiere, organizer of Marmomac scheduled for September 30 through October 03, 2020, has sent us the following press release about one of this year’s exhibitions planed to be shown in Hall 1:

Marble derives from the Greek marmaros, which means “shining stone”. It has been used since Antiquity for applications in sculpture and architecture and is now considered to be par excellence the noble stone. This truly ancient production tradition is continuously updated by contemporary designers who take very different approaches to integrate the ancient knowledge of marble processing workshops with state of the art technologies.

They exploit the veins, colors, ductility and visual rendering of marble to give life to new classics and contemporary furnishings. Others take advantage of new processing technologies to produce very thin items that are then moulded to create sculptural furniture and unexpected objects; others rely on essential and minimal forms, without being afraid of openly recalling history; still others play with combinations, patterns and colors to create new trends.

Marmomac is the leading international trade fair specifically for marble and natural stone and interpreted this know-how and excellence by inviting ten big names on the contemporary scene to interpret the material in a creative way through innovative projects.

Marmomac, September 30 – October 03, 2020

Wallpaper* Handmade 2013, Michael Anastassiades, Henraux. 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. Credits: Henraux

Marmeria, Archea Associati, Luce di Carrara.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, colors and tactile sensations of marble that vary in relation to the type and brightness of the surface finish. Credits: Luce di Carrara

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.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. Credits: Vitra

Time Machine, Lee Broom.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. Credits: Lee Broom

Zaha Hadid Architects, the New Fundamentals Research Group and AKT II, realizsation by Generelli SA.How to reinterpret a design classic using contemporary technologies: Zaha Hadid Architects, the New Fundamentals Research Group and AKT II engineering studio combined marble and carbon fiber to create a new version of the legendary Shell Chair by Danish designer Hans J. Wegner from 1963. The production was realized by Generelli SA of Rivera using its specific patent. Credits: ZHA

Tom Dixon.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. Credits: Tom Dixon

Karl Lagerfeld.In 2011, 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. Credits: Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Piero Lissoni, Cassina.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 colors. Credits: Cassina

Volumes, Konstantin Grcic, Kreo.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. Credits: Galerie Kreo

Onda, Paolo Ulian, Moreno Ratti, Upground.The curved outdoor bench Onda by Italian designers Paolo Ulian and Moreno Ratti was designed to minimize material waste. The furniture item by Upground is produced from a single block cut in sequence. Credits: Paolo Ulian, Moreno Ratti

(02.05.2020, 05.02.2020)