The Italian Stone Theatre is the project that since 2015 brings to Marmomac experimentation and design with natural stone, through the installations of artists and designers who know how to express the excellence of Made in Italy in the world with their work.



The Italian Stone Theatre is the place where challenges and opportunities related to the industrial processing of marble meet the creative necessities of art and design, with a view to the experimentation of increasingly innovative and design-oriented production solutions, able to raise the Italian natural stone market proposal to the same level or even above the international offer.

Over the years, Marmomac has unquestionably strengthened its role of leadership among sector events to become the essential meeting place for stone culture. Numerous and well established the educational opportunities with lecturesconventions and seminars addressed to the public and to buyer delegations, but also the architecture awards and the moments of confrontation on problems and technological innovations concerning the lithic project.

The Italian Stone Theatre is arranged around theme areas, each of which hosts an exhibition: one focuses on architecture, another on design, another still on art and the last on objects associated with leading furniture brands. Every year, in this space, Italian companies are invited to collaborate with internationally renowned architects and designers to create new projects, highlighting excellence in stone through works and installations inspired by a theme identified every year by the curators, Raffaello Galiotto and Vincenzo Pavan.

Since its inception, the themes explored have been different: from metamorphosis to the relationship between past, present and future, from the connection between stone the its territories of origin to the dialogue between fluidity of water and robustness of marble. In 2019, the theme was Naturality, that is the naturalness of stone in its purest aspect, its hallmarks of uniqueness and geo-diversity, as a fundamental element in nature that has evolved and transformed over the centuries.

The Best of the Italian Stone Theatre, realized in 2020 in occasion of Marmomac ReStart, is a catalogue that contains the best of the past editions.

The best of Italian Stone Theatre

2015 5 YEARS OF PROJECT 2019

The Italian Stone Theatre


For the return of in-person attendance from 29 September to 2 October, The Italian Stone Theatre presents Time in Stone, with an original layout located in Halls 11 and 12 of the Exhibition Centre. The common denominator is Time, prompting thought about its symbolic and intrinsic value: what most distinguishes natural stone from artificial products is precisely Time, an intangible component embodied in stone by an indissoluble bond with the material itself.


Curated by: Raffaello Galiotto e Vincenzo Pavan

What most distinguishes natural stone from artificial stone products is time, an immaterial component preserved within stone by a lasting bond. We can observe the passage of time in stratified materials and in countless varieties of rocks that are evidence of the evolutionary processes of the nature of our planet. Stone can tell us about our world from the most distant eras in which it was formed to the most recent ones of those who have worked it, leaving the mark of their own creativity. From the first flint tips to engraved writing, sculpture and architecture, created by the hands of craftsmen and the work of currentday “virtuous machines”, the essence of stone continues to be revealed in its substance. Describing stone over time is a way to return to authenticity and to the incomparable truth that nowadays man, increasingly fascinated by appearances, needs to rediscover new areas of creativity.

Hall 11

1 In Our Time

curated by:Raffaello Galiotto and Vincenzo Pavan
Contemporary nature and timeless spirit in stone design for furniture products

2 Paths of Art

curated by: Raffaello Galiotto
Stone processing machines as a source of artistic inspiration

3 Young Stone Project

curated by: Raffaello Galiotto and Vincenzo Pavan
Stone experiments at universities

Hall 12

4 Brand & Stone 3.0

concept by: Danilo di Michele
curated by: Giorgio Canale
The use of natural stone to produce objects and accessories included in the collections of leading international design brands

5 Designer Tables

Stone is a witness of time in a varied collection of tables designed for restaurants



The Icon Award was established by Marmomac in 2016 with the aim of selecting the work whose aesthetic impact and symbolic value stands out as the best image for the communication campaign for the next show. All the installations and applications displayed inside The Italian Stone Theatre can be nominated and the winner, selected in the past by a jury of experts from the worlds of culture, design and communication, for the first time in 2021 will be chosen by the public of Marmomac. Two possible ways will be available for voting: live in the Exhibition Centre, on multimedia totems located near the exhibition areas, or online on the social channels of Marmomac. The hashtags to which to refer on Instagram for research and voting of posts dedicated to the Icon Award are: #MarmomacIconAward, #TheItalianStoneTheatre and #timeinstone.


Work: Panca Play
Designer: Denis Santachiara
Company: Costa Paolo


Work: Drap
Designer: Paolo Ulian
Company: Silvestri Marmi


Work: Marea
Designer: Elena Salmistraro
Companies: Vicentina Marmi, Donatoni Macchine, Cave Gamba


Work: Gerico
Designer: Lorenzo Palmeri
Companies: Vicentina Marmi, Donatoni Macchine


From previous editions

The Best Communicator Award made its debut at Marmomac in 2007 and is open to all exhibitors attending the event. This award aims to promote the exhibit set-ups of companies attending the event by assessing not only displays of products and materials but above all the function of stands as a communication and image tool. A jury of experts from the world of architecture, design and communication is appointed at each edition of Marmomac with the task of selecting the most deserving and original stands. The award is divided into four categories reflecting the various product categories on show at the trade fair: Stone, Design, Machinery and Tools. In addition, one Italian and one international exhibitor take awards in each category.

All exhibiting companies are invited to send their self-candidacy for the Best Communicator Award before the event itself starts. The selection process then involves two stages: the jury develops an initial assessment based on the documentation received and then visits the show halls during Marmomac itself to define a short-list of three finalists in each category. The winners are announced during a specific ceremony and are then involved in Italian and international media communication activities. There follows the list of winners of the four previous editions.


Design Category
Italy: Piba Marmi
International: Stoneasy (Belgium)

Stone Category
Italy: Marmo Elite
International: Graniti Tecnica (South Africa)

Machinery Category
Italy: Barsanti Macchine
International: Koenig (Germany)

Tools Category
Italy: Sorma
International: Sanwa Kenma (Japan)


Design Category
Italy: Tosco Marmi Palissandro
International: Pavlidis Marble Granite (Greece)

Stone Category
Italy: Errebi Marmi
International: Akdo Silkar (Turkey)

Machinery Category
Italy: Breton
International: Thibaut (France)

Tools Category
Italy: Nicolai Diamant
International: Blick Industries (United States)


Design Category
Italy: A&G 23
International: Hsmarbles – Hellenic Superior Marbles (Greece)

Stone Category
Italy: Santucci Graniti
International: Marmyk Iliopoulos (Greece)

Machinery Category
Italy: Pedrini
International: D2 Technology (Portugal)

Tools Category
Italy: Tyrolit Vincent
International: KGS Diamond International (Holland)


Design Category
Italy: Franchi Umberto
International: Akrolithos (Greece)

Stone Category
Italy: Trambisera Marmi
International: Stone Group International (Greece)

Machinery Category
Italy: CMS
International: Flow Europe (Germany)

Tools Category
Italy: Zenesis Solutions
International: Diamant Boart (Belgium)

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