In this setting, 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. The Hall is divided into several 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. These are joined by two convivial areas – namely the Wine Bar and the Ristorante d’Autore. These venues are also set up in accordance with the selected theme. Lastly, there is the Forum Area where lectures, workshops and conferences are held in alternation.
Every year, the implementation of The Italian Stone Theatre involves around fifty Italian natural stone processing, machinery and technology companies. They team up with designers and architects to create prototypes, objects or installations intended specifically for this event.
In 2018 the theme was Stone and water, where the fluidity of water confronted the solidity of stone. 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. In 2020, the theme will be Time in Stone; the intention is to analyse the contrast between time and its immaterial aspects interpreted through stone that, on the contrary, is pure material.