The Plus Theatre

CULTURAL PROJECTS 2022​

Hall 10

ETICA_LITICA

Curated by: ADI Veneto & Trentino Alto Adige Delegation
Design with natural stone highlighting sustainability and respect for the environment

The ETICA_LITICA exhibition, curated by the ADI Veneto Trentino Alto Adige Delegation, highlights the topic of sustainability and respect for the environment when using natural stone in design projects. The concept is developed through the design of one or more objects starting from a marble slab measuring 3.30 x 2 metres by 2/3cm in thickness, typical of the most common commercial modules. Developing a three-dimensional object means the surface of the slab must be exploited to the full to minimize possible waste of material.

Seventeen designers associated with the ADI Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige delegation were invited to develop seventeen projects where the transposition of stone material from a two-dimensional slab into a three-dimensional object exemplifies creativity as well as showcasing astonishing innovation. In this exhibition, design reflects a concept which, while respecting precise limits, demonstrates its vitality and beauty by putting forward new ideas and solutions that herald a more sustainable and ethically fairer world. The exhibition – set up in The Plus Theatre in Hall 10 – also includes a review of products in natural stone that over the years have won a Compasso d’Oro – the award famous all over the world for its excellence and a flagship of Italian design, as well as the ADI Index Award associated with it. The “Etica_Litica” exhibition thereby provides a complete overview, where marble meets excellence, beauty, innovation and sustainability.

WORK — COMPANY — DESIGNER

Libreria Scritto — Guardini Pietre — Carlo Trevisani
Tavolo Etiko — Biesse Spa — Intermac_Ascanio Zocchi
Tavolo Nexum — Testi Group — Gino Carollo
Rivestimento Imprevedibile — Marimar — Alessandro Vergot
Lavello Cerchi nell'acqua — Marmi Scala/Eustone — Patrizia Bertolini
Tavolo Biko — Margraf — Paolo Criveller
Tavolino Patty — Margraf — Luigi Siard
Tavolino Dolmen — Gruppo Tosco Marmi — Stefano Manni
Panca Plissè — Mondo Marmo — Michela Baldessari
Tavolo Chicchera — Mondo Marmo — Matteo Leorato
Tavolini For Two — Marmi Santa Caterina — Paolo Perbellini
PET memorial serie — Marmi Santa Caterina — Silvia Sandini
Tavolo Tabula Rasa — Officina Della Scala — Alex Terzariol
Consolle Torii — Zagross Marmi — Nicola Bariol
Panca Stone Slice — Cereser — Valerio Facchin & Giovanna Carturan

Etica_Litica

EXHIBITIONS

Libreria Scrittoio Scriptum

Designer
Carlo Trevisani
Production
Guardini Pietre
Materials
Pietra della Lessinia – Fine Polished (Rosa Chiaro)

This product arose from studying how to optimise the material in terms of its shapes and dimensions. The Lessinia stone slab, squared in the quarry and quarried according to its contours, immediately appears as a rectangular top. Looking at it from the perspective of home furnishings, you spontaneously think of countertops, table and shelves. These varied elements, combined with a supporting structure, led to the shape of the slab and, consequently, to defining the end product.

Tavolo Etiko

Designer
Ascanio Zocchi
Production
Biesse
Materials
Statuario di Carrara marble

Etiko, the table that combines the waterjet processing technique with skilled craftsmanship and limited materials, arose from a single slab with minimal waste. In our historical period, design needs to focus on the clever use of natural materials. Marble is precious, taking millions of years to be created. Its use must be carefully planned and optimised to make the object we are going to produce even more unique. Made from Statuario di Carrara marble Each piece is unique, replicable in shape but not in material.

Tavolo Nexum

Designer
Gino Carollo Studio
Production
Testi Group
Materials
Duke grey: Italian granite, light grey in colour with large white crystalline veins

Nexum by Gino Carollo in Duke Grey marble has been designed for industrial mass production based on environmental sustainability that does not forgo design. The design started with a 310×200 slab, from which two tables were obtained along with their legs and decorative vases. Waste is therefore kept to a minimum. The surface finish is smooth on one side and rough on the other. This choice allows the scrap part, “the crust”, which is usually taken off the original block of material, to be used. The result is a sculpture intended to have a very low impact on the environment.

Rivestimento Imprevedibile

Designer
The Studio: Laura Menichelli e Alessandro Vergot
Production
Marimar
Materials
Nuvolato Calacatta – White with caramel veins

Combining tradition with modernity. An unpredictable interplay of countless possibilities, reinterpreting the marble cladding by deconstructing the slab and recomposing it for a newer, fresher and more contemporary appearance. With its white texture and characteristic caramel veins, Nuvolato Calacatta marble is divided into 3 shapes (square, rectangular and triangular) and 3 finishes (polished, sand-blasted and bamboo) to create a SET of 9 elements for countless compositions. Marble combined with coloured stucco softens the marble cladding to appeal to young and dynamic visitors.

Lavello cerchi nell’acqua

Designer
Patrizia Bertolini
Production
Marmi Scala, Eustone
Materials
Bianco Islanda – Grigio Islanda (R173)
Grigio Venato (R019/3)

A washbasin made from the scraps from processing one or several stone slabs (or agglomerates). Its special design allows chromatic variations of the product to be obtained depending on the scraps of available slabs, combining, in different ways, cut-out circles that are placed on top and glued together to configure the washbasin. Cut-out elements can also be created from a single slab (240×120 cm) by obtaining the pieces required to make 6 washbasins and 1 monochrome column.

Tavolo Biko

Designer
Paolo Criveller e Alessandro Piras
Production
Margraf
Materials
Grigio Carnico marble

The Biko table was created in line with the message of sustainability underlyingthe theme of the Etica_Litica Trade Fair 2022 by exploiting the entire slab of Grigio Carnico marble made available and designing a table that can be dry-assembled. Biko features legs that support the top: rotated 90° to each other, they allow ever-changing corner solutions and therefore introduce the fourth dimension, time, into the design. Lastly, the meticulous finishing work designed by Margraf for the ipogeo® collection enhances the veins and their different colour ranges.

Tavolino Patty

Designer
Luigi Siard
Production
Margraf
Materials
Fior di Pesco Carnico Chiaro

The Patty table consists of 4 legs that also provide part of the support surface due to the elements in the series placed side by side. This product is designed to be spectacular thanks to the effect of shadows cast by its different legs. Glass elements can be inserted between the spaces or they can be given different finishes to enhance the interplay of their shadows. The product has been treated with the exclusive ‘Ipogeo’ finish by Margraf Innovation Lab. This treatment can be used to design and characterise certain areas or the entire surface of the marble.

Tavolino Dolmen

Designer
Stefano Manni
Production
Gruppo Tosco Marmi
Materials
Palissandro Classico Bianco with golden hues

The shape of the Dolmen coffee table was inspired by prehistoric megalithic tombs made of drylaid stone slabs. The simple and particularly well-balanced structure consists of 3 interlocked marble slabs, which characterise the usually flat supporting surface.

Tavolo Chicchera

Designer
Matteo Leorato
Production
Mondo Marmo Design
Materials
Bianco Venato Grigio marble

Based on one the simplest prototyping approaches to produce paper objects, the Chicchera project creates coffee cups from repeating and intersecting just two sections of a cup multiple times. Intersecting not just design layers, but also different eras and places, the name Chicchera comes from the XVIth century Spanish word xícara, which itself derives from an Aztec word referring to the shell of a tropical tree’s fruit (jícaro) that Latin Americans used to drink chocolate. From jícaro came jicara and the Italian chìcchera.

Panca Plissé

Designer
Michela e Paolo Baldessari
Production
Mondo Marmo Design
Materials
Verde Guatemala marble

The “Plissé” bench has a wavy shape, a dynamic dart in space, achieved by dry-assembled flat elements with scissor cuts and joints; a reference to the ‘magical’ childhood game of building card castles. Here, it is developed horizontally to house the narrow, airy floating seat with bevelled edge. The deep hue and beautiful veins of Verde Guatemala marble give the Plissè bench a dramatic effect and ensure that it fits harmoniously into outdoor environments while easily blending into public and private spaces, as well as historical and contemporary contexts.

Tavolini for Two

Designer
Paolo Perbellini
Production
Marmi Santa Caterina
Materials
Bianco Carrara marble

A pair of ‘illuminating’ bedside tables in Bianco Carrara marble. The bedside table is part of the Aura Lapis project developed in collaboration with Marmi Santa Caterina and All-Led of Desenzano. It features the use of LED technology combined with marble. The dimensions of the low table are determined by the nesting, calculated on the standard slab, and optimised for producing 4 bedside tables.

PET Memorial serie

Designer
Silvia Sandini
Production
Marmi Santa Caterina
Materials
Carrara marble, details in Nero Marquinia, Rosso Verona, Bardiglio and Giallo Siena

An object for remembering a beloved pet, ironic and a bit funny like the frequent affectionate behaviour of our pets. It’s not a portrait but an image that evokes a memory of a cat or dog. An object with which to interact while also helping other small animals, such as birds that can drink from the tray, or for supporting flower corollas or other objects such as a seed dish. So, it’s a tray intended as a container of memories and other life. It can be placed in a garden, on a terrace or in the home as a decorative object. Two shapes: the oval base, the edge and the stone made from the same oval, and decorative elements made from marble scraps. The structure can be delivered with the stone detached to reduce bulk during transport.

Tavolo Tabula Rasa

Designer
Alex Terzariol e Elisabetta Ripamonti
Production
Officina della Scala
Materials
Sequoia Brown is a type of brown marble from Brazil that is linear, clouded and veined. Metal
Tabula Rasa is the outcome of extremely simple details, arising from a combination of two materials typically at odds with each other. One is the material of classicism, of timeless architecture and of nature, which expresses countless harmonious colour combinations. The other is the symbol of modernity, of contemporary architecture, of man’s action that can transform it into a ductile and malleable material. The dialogue between the two materials also occurs in their surfaces, where the smooth, soft surface of marble mingles with the rough, striated surface of aluminium, almost overturning the order of usual factors also in terms of characteristics.

Consolle Tori

Designer
Nicola Bariol
Production
Zagross Marmi
Materials
Bianco Assoluto Impeccabile

Tori is a console table featuring a modern and essential design developed entirely in marble. Designed to be easily assembled, this product has been inspired by Chinese culture. By definition, ‘Torii’ is a very distinctive and evocative object, its shapes harking back to mystical and transcendent concepts, conveying a great sense of harmony and peace to the observer. Tori is an ideal furnishing accessory for a unique and refined living space.

Panca Stoneslice

Designer
Valerio Facchin e Giovanna Carturan
Production
Cereser Marmi
Materials
Canadian Cambrian – Black granite

Double-sided bench made from a 290x150xH.3 cm slab of Canadian Cambrian-Black granite. Like a sheet of cardboard that we divide into a series of modules: 22 identical shaped rectangles for the seating area and 4 identical shapes for the support. It is assembled by pre-drilling all the slabs, spacing them with steel tubes and compressing them with 3 threaded steel bars so that the ensemble is a rigid body. The aim is to make total use of the slab with minimal waste, bringing the slab modules back together to form a single monolith.

Ancoraunidea

Designer
Luca Facchini
Materials
Graniti e marmi colorati abbinati

A project that respects environmental and social sustainability, attentive both to the use of the material and to users: Children, often ignored or targeted by a aggressive marketing. The careful use of the material chisels the marble slab as in the archetype of the 16 animals by Enzo Mari and takes the form of a table with benches dedicated to playing, a competitive product in commercial aspects thanks to the economy of exploiting marble. The possibility of cutting marble plates of different colors and mixing them before assembling allows the production a colored and cheerful serial product that changes in the definition of the individual components.

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