of marble in design
Light, hollow, and rounded. Marble overcomes technical constraints in order to unveil its transparency, its veins and its velvety sensuality. It inspires, it reveals, and it expresses itself. This is the evolution of marble… “To design objects and furniture using marble, making them as light as possible.” This is the latest challenge confronting contemporary designers. And the challenge has, in deed, been met, despite all technical constraints. Even though we continue to obsess over kilos, the visual effect is undeniably stunning. The stone of Carrara is being transformed into airy creations, seemingly freed from the laws of gravity. Marble has been turned into shelves, lamps, and dishes of incredible finesse, revealing the veins and the velvetiness of the material, whilst expressing all of its sensuality and its potential. By playing around with its texture and its transparency, designers are reinventing the ways of using marble. They are inspired by pieces of classic furniture, and then infuse these with a fantastical sense of creativity to create entirely new ones. Chairs, tables, and shelves adopt flexible forms, becoming rounded, even anthropomorphic. Even when using it for more conventional purposes, designers manage to transcend the limits of this material.