The “Marmomacc Meets Design” (MMD) project again generated some of the more innovative booth designs. MMD 2010 paired leading international designers with stone processors. The pairings focused on this year’s theme - “irregular and exceptional” - in developing everything from objects to entire booth designs.
Four of the MMD booths were among the winners of the 2010 Best Communicator Award. A fifth award was given, for the first time, to a machinery company not involved in MMD. The award is presented to the booths with the best visual approaches to conveying the richness and potential of stone.
Budri and designer Patricia Urquiola were selected by the jury for the company’s exceptional execution of the designer’s poetic vision: Modules became a transparent booth perimeter through the layering of fretworked arabesques.
Pibamarmi, a repeat winner of the award, was recognized for its collaboration with designer Manuel Aires Mateus. Despite using a single material, the jury appreciated Aires Mateus’ ability to create a variegated articulation of the booth’s space.
Tomas Sandell’s marble house, created in conjunction with Marsotto, was rewarded by the jury for the repetition of the stone module used in the structure, which effectively conveyed the essential nature of this elementary icon.
Other designer/stone company pairings for MMD 2010 included: Luca Scacchetti with Finstone S.A.R.L., Aldo Cibic with Grassi Pietre, Giovanni Vragnaz with Iaconcig, and Enrico and Viola Tonucci with Stonehenge.