Stone in Architecture / Commercial / Trade Show Coverage / International Coverage

Marmomacc Meets Design focuses on sustainability

December 3, 2012
Trans

One of the goals of Marmomacc is to form a bridge between stone producers and the architecture and design community, and evidence of this can be found across the exhibit space.

The recently-concluded, sixth consecutive edition of Marmomacc Meets Design faced companies and designers with the topic of sustainability. All the projects presented conveyed a new way of working and then using stone material. The theme, “The Colors of Green: Sustainable Stone,” was the pretext for conveying broader and more intense messages in harmony with nature and ethics.

Every designer invited to Marmomacc developed a metaphor to express this urgent need for modernity and respect for nature. Lorenzo Damiani with Calvasina managed to give marble unexpected lightness and flexibility through sustainability not calculated at the end of the production cycle but upstream of the design stage itself. The “homeland” was inspiration behind the project by Irish studio Grafton Architects, which turned the Piba Marmi stand into a kind of abstract landscape. Meanwhile, Lorenzo Palmeri interpreted the materials of Stone Italiana by processing natural material as if it had been exposed to the work of atmospheric elements.

The design approach taken by Zaha Hadid Studio sought to create a language intended to interpret the geological events of a material generated from the earth while the constructive skills of Citco expressed a complex yet smooth geometry. Additionally, the “Lecce Stone” of Pi.Mar inspired architects Luca Scacchetti and Cinzia Anguissola to experiment with the endless color combinations made possible by interaction between light and processing style.

The collaboration between Setsu & Shinobu Ito and Grassi Pietre continued with renewed attention to the spirituality of stone. Thanks to the understanding achieved with Testi Group, Tobia Scarpa was able to put forward thoughts about the potential of nature and the quality of human relationships with it. Massimiliano Caviasca processed Altoatesina Stone by Fuchs as a decorative element just as it comes from nature, with minimal processing and cuts.

While the challenge for Lucy Salamanca was to de-structure and re-interpret the porphyry worked by Odorizzi Porfidi, reinterpreting and associating it with water, earth and fire. The company processed this material for the first time in an unconventional manner: hard porphyry was turned into something malleable.

Marble, a natural and ancient material, embodies an aesthetic, cultural and design heritage ensuring total harmony with our rediscovered sense of the ecology, environment and landscape — this is the “leitmotiv” unifying the thoughts and projects at Marmomacc Meets Design 2012.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Stone World 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

November 2013 Stone Products Gallery

Take a look at some of the latest stone industry products.

THE MAGAZINE

Stone World Magazine

April 2014 stone world cover

2014 April

In this month's issue of Stone World, check out an extensive preview of Coverings 2014, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in April. Also learn more about various types of limestone that were used to build private residences.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine

CSTD_Spring2014_Cover.jpg

2014 Spring

This issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design includes our annual focus on Kitchen and Bath design

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Training Program

How formal is your training program for new employees?
View Results Poll Archive

The Stone World Store

How_To_Polish_&_Restore_Mar.gif
How to Polish & Restore Marble Flooring

This video will show you step-by-step how to resurface and polish marble flooring from grinding and removing lippage and scratches to achieving a highly reflective polish.

More Products

Italian Trade Commission Coverings exhibitor preview

Italian Trade Commission logo 2

The Italian Trade Commission is presenting a large group of the most innovative and internationally renowned Italian suppliers of dimensional natural stones. We hope your busy schedule will allow you to join us for a “genuine” espresso in booth N. 4045 and explore the exciting Italian natural stone resources offered by our exhibitors. Check out Italian stone producers exhibiting at Coverings 2014 here!

  

Stone Industry Education

stone industry educationStone Industry Education is sponsored by Stone World Magazine and Marble Institute of America. The SIE events will help you: strengthen your skills, build your business, and  increase profit in your shop.  Check out stoneindustryeducation.com to register for upcoming fabricator and installer seminars.

STAY CONNECTED

facebook logo Twitter  YouTube