What material connects your living space? What stands out to your primeval senses through touch, sight or even, smell?
Marble, it’s the one stone that connects Italy; from counter tops to wash basins, chopping blocks to side units. Marble is the treasured stone of an Italian house; it’s our daily connection with something glamorous yet functional, beautiful yet having a place.
Our passion with marble cannot be understated, neither as a company or as a people. We have artisans that connect the old traditions to new methodologies, it is strictly an Italian art form.
Table top mastery
Mauro Lipparini plays with our emotive sense for this stone with his design for Icon. Rendering homage to materials, Mauro doesn’t hide what is for him, the most emotive experience one can create with natural stone. “Moon Grey” marble fills the space, bringing a contrasting experience to a living environment.
Then there is marble as seen by Giuseppe Viganò. Prince, an interplay of solid structure and delicate refinement doesn’t shirk from its bold choice of colour. Waves, a dark and swooping colour palette that makes you look in astonishment at what nature can produce.
Astonishment at what nature can produce
Marble is nature’s gift. Sit with, beside or against and you are surrounded by nature. It speaks through touch and pierces through sight. Gino Carollo’s, Oracle is arguably the best example of this. It’s beauty personified. Whilst it’s highly intricate and engineered base is something to admire, it’s white marble top punches through the noise of any contrasting room.
Each vein that runs through the stone is a story; like the life lines that run over the palm of your hands, marble that is masoned to your experience represents your story, that is marble!
Each vein that runs through the stone is a story
Re-visioning marble’s use
We have to stop when we talk about, Aura. Yes, it is a sideboard but Viganò’s vision is design defying. Aura is a vision that understands what it means to create personality through design and carefully selected materials whilst playing with the visual and connecting the emotional dots at the same time. Moon Grey or Niveo White, Aura uses this material as an accent… that’s right, an accent. Because this design is about function, but marble makes it something much more aligned to our creative visions.
And what is that in the corner? Bolide by Mauro Lipparini is again a play on form, angular sharpness and contrasted softness in play. Marble is then a way to highlight the form rather than be an accent it screams, “let nature be at one”. Stone meets wood, and the two connect to a world that we take our minds to when we cannot escape our modern world.
Let nature be at one
Even in small details
Even when we use marble for the small details, it connects our culture, design and material usage in ways, few others can contemplate. Take Moon Invaders by Gino Carollo. Yes, you think of the moon, the stars, the vast emptiness of space and you can only do that when you see how the Arabesque stone projects that feeling. This noble natural material adorns homes but few can conjure the magic that this small item does.
Noble natural material
And what about Lipparini’s vision of Arabesque? How can the same material for Moon Invaders space odyssey be used in a different context? The answer is Final Cut. It’s more than a table, to call it so would be a disservice. It’s an expression of engineering, like many of Lipparini’s ideas. Marble is the anchor, a grounding for the rest of the piece to come to life; few could have thought it, that’s what makes it special.
Then there was Lith. A table set that honours marble, because without it, it wouldn’t be as special. It wouldn’t showcase what this one natural stone can do to and for a room.
Marble is nature’s way of telling a story a vein that represents life, history and to us, a future. We find it rarely in the materials that surround us. The imperfections are its war scars, the contrasts are its beauty. You can’t imitate this, you should never try to imitate what nature has given us; that’s the story of marble.