Design: Breakthrough for Stone

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(October 2010) This year’s Marmomacc, which was held in Verona (September 29th to October 2nd) announces an important breakthrough for the stone branch: filigree stone walls in a three-dimensional cut-out design were on display, up until now thought to be unfeasible and opening a whole new range of implementations for interior designers. Not only the design is new and exciting but also the assembly of the segments which allow them to be interlocked to a firm wall. They were on display at this 4th Marmomacc Meets Design, which bore the title „Irregular – Exceptional“.

„Lace“ was the name given to the idea born by interior designer Patricia Urquiola and produced by Italian-based Budri Company, already known to make the technically impossible reality.


Patricia Urquiola

In contrast „La Casa di Marmo“ by Marsotto Company – inconspicuous in its appearance but clad entirely in 1 cm-thick stone shingles, it mimes Scandinavian summer cottages often seen by the seaside. No wonder: its designer is no other than the Swedish Thomas Sandell.

Upon closer scrutiny the creation was, indeed, remarkable: the classic shingle technology graduated to new heights in a modern format – usual size 100 x 40 cm but with a difference: the material used is Striato Olimpico marble from Turkey with a special accent in form of a black dot in Nero Marquina on each shingle.

The marble house is not only thought for warm regions, according to Marsotto’s Costanza Olfi. A glass wall on the interior could easily be mounted for extra insulation.



Unreal perhaps best describes the atmosphere at the Pibamarmi Stand what with its meter-high walls in Pietra de Brera limestone. The labyrinth’s narrow passages revealed design highlights by the company, mounted diagonally on the walls. The installation comprised no less than 15,000 stones in 7 different sizes stacked one on top of the other.


Manuel Aires Mateus

MGM Furnari’s Marco Piva worked for „Lithea” the Sicilian limestone Grigio Billiemi with the help of modern CNC-technology. Interlocking tiles in various sizes were installed in an homage to the graphic artist Mauritius Escher: the exterior original material – polished plate – became more and more lively with linear patterns toward the interior – and reverting back to polished plate at the other extremity.

MGM Furnari

Marco Piva

The Puglia Region commissioned several designers at once. Philippe Nigro’s designer pieces allude to raw block crusts designed for Petra Company; Décor Martena, a lighted seat by Luca Nichetto and InSpo marble tables with wooden elements were designed by Tomas Alonso.

Puglia Region

More on Marmomacc in the November issue.