Time In Stone

IN OUR TIME

Hall 11

In Our Time

CURATED BY: Raffaello Galiotto and Vincenzo Pavan
CONTEMPORARY NATURE AND TIMELESS SPIRIT IN STONE DESIGN FOR FURNITURE PRODUCTS

Stone is an extremely durable material that comes from the most remote past and is brought into the future with a promise of eternity for those who shape and use it. In design, it is believed that a product has the right durability when it is designed and manufactured consistently with its actual time of use. As a result, its extreme durability or rapid consumption necessarily entail different concepts and materials. Stone should certainly be used for its extreme durability or, alternatively, it can be included in product design so that it can be subsequently re-used in other forms or recycled to produce new products. Today, more than in the past, design is made easier using technology and CNC machinery in laboratories in the marble industry, which allow complex and accurate products to be made that can be repeated for mass production, or shaped cuts that separate stone and reduce the amount of waste. The exhibition, curated by Raffaello Galiotto and Vincenzo Pavan, aims to develop this reflection on the current use of stone through a series of innovative experimental projects created by designers and produced by teams from Italian companies in the stone industry.

Design — Production

Andrea Branzi — Odone Angelo
Cristina Celestino — Margraf with Cristina Rubinetterie
Francesco Faccin — Bianco Cave by Fato Stone
Raffaello Galiotto — Vicentina Marmi, Donatoni Macchine with All-Led
Giuseppe Fallacara, Maurizio Barberio - New Fundamentals Research Group — Stilmarmo with Cnc Design, Piccinini Marmi, Mosaico Digitale
Matteo Ragni — Gmm, Alphacam by Licom Systems with Tosco Marmi

Time In Stone

EXHIBITIONS

Stone boxes

design ↘
ANDREA BRANZI
production ↙
ODONE ANGELO

material ↘
PIETRA DI LUSERNA

In Stone Boxes, I tried to cut the stones as if they were butter, i.e. by opening them up to see what was hidden inside. Such ancient hard stone can become a secret hidden from time.

Repère

design ↘
CRISTINA CELESTINO
production ↙
MARGRAF with CRISTINA RUBINETTERIE
material ↘
TRAVERTINO, AZUL CALCITE, VERDE GIADA, fior di pesco carnico, ONICE ROSA

“The project I conceived for the ‘In Our Time’ exhibition, designed in collaboration with Margraf, lies in a hybrid interior-exterior space, for self-care, a place to take your time and experiencing direct contact with stones and water”.

If the lithic material brings time into its dimension, the project becomes representative of the time of doing, the time needed to work a precious material, with its infinite facets. A sort of small stone garden with steps,
with a combination of travertine, Azul calcite and jade green, a game of colors and finishes that reminds us of Scarpa’s spaces. Functional objects, such as sculptures, are placed on the steps: a sink, a planter and a shower tray. The volumes arise from the combination of layers of different marbles, Carnian peach blossom, jade green and pink onyx, processed as a single block of material, which brings to light the different layers it is composed of, in the concavity of the object. A texture designed through marble studs placed on slight concavities of the marble slab generates a motif that draws on Canova’s technique of duplicating casts through a grid of small nails. A contemporary concept, achieved thanks to advanced processing techniques and the centennial experience of Margraf, who wants to recount the story of marble and its potential.

Il trono

design ↘
Francesco faccin
production ↘
BIANCO CAVE by FATO STONE
material ↘
PIETRA DI OSTUNI

Simple architectural design, an observatory, and a throne for the weary quarry worker. First and foremost, this object is a place that speaks a language familiar to those who work in quarries: a simple wooden structure
that acts as bracing, and two stone slabs. I can imagine this structure blending in with blocks and slabs and waiting to be transformed. It cannot be considered a monument or an installation, but a space, a refuge dedicated to those who work stone with perseverance and passion. Stone is unquestionably the first material that has protected and sheltered us since the dawn of time.

Mirror of Time

design ↘
raffaello galiotto
production ↙
VICENTINA MARMI, DONATONI MACCHINE with ALL-LED
material ↘
NERO DEL BELGIO

Finely polished Belgian Black marble is used in this project to develop the mirror theme. Four stone mirrors explore the concept of time by associating the ephemeral, reflected image of the observer with the eternity of reflecting stone. A temporal association is created between stone and people to evoke an intriguing reflection between the oldest natural material and the transience of man who uses it. The designs of the four different mirrors have been created to minimize waste. They have been produced using two different machining operations, CNC milling and cutting.

Virtual lithic screens

design ↘
GIUSEPPE FALLACARA, MAURIZIO BARBERIO – NEW FUNDAMENTALS RESEARCH GROUP
production ↘
STILMARMO with CNC DESIGN, PICCININI MARMI, MOSAICO DIGITALE
material ↘
UV PRINTED APRICENA LIMESTONE and NATURAL RESIN

The installation aims to make the natural pattern of the stone interact with a parametric pattern imprinted on the stone surface using UV printing, to create a multiple and virtual reading between natural and artificial.
Two hanging “medallions”, one circular and the other rhomboidal, exemplify the two-sided excavation process, allowing the stone to become a filtering screen between inside and outside, whose shadows are projected and mixed with the parametric pattern printed on the stone.

Better Times

design ↘
MATTEO RAGNI
production ↙
Gmm, Alphacam by Licom Systems
material ↘
PALISSANDRO by TOSCO MARMI

A series of seats positioned as solitary islands and spaced from each other by their own width of one meter. In a hopefully very near future the empty spaces can be filled with new modules that will create an imaginary bridge on which to stop and share pleasant moments of conviviality in the open air. The marble used is a Rosewood, native of Val d’Ossola, valuable for its imperfections in which the traces of oxidized iron create a unique material effect of great character. The passages of the milling cutter inside the arches have left, during the numerical control processing, some slight traces in embossment that underline the honesty of the production process, creating in fact a decoration expression of the technique that enhances the surface and makes the artefact almost unfinished. Atmospheric agents and time will complete the work, smoothing the surface over the years.

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