Braided Marble by Decormarmi
This is the story of incredible passion and skill coming together in art. Of a daring conceptual display and thematic installation. This is the story of “Living Stone”
As many of you know, Decormarmi is the company that birthed the Kreoo brand in 2010. As a standardized branch of a family of artists, we at Kreoo are able to bring all the experience and mastery of the experts into each design we create.
Decormarmi’s heritage of excellence gives us the opportunity to design marble pieces with no equal on the market today. One brilliant example of this is the “Living Stone” exhibit” at the 2014 Marmomacc.
For context, this is the famous expo center, designed by Miralles Tagliabue EMBT; featuring twisted wicker panels.
The following however is not wicker…
It’s braided marble.
The Living Stone event, a series of thematic installations, selected both Italian architects and manufacturers to celebrate the excellence embodied in the phrase “Made in Italy”. The concept of each exhibit was a Mediterranean style home and patio. You can view more pictures on our Facebook page.
For this display, Italian architect Benedetta Tagliabue, came together with the artisans of Decormarmi to mold one of nature’s most glorious materials in a way most would call impossible. The challenge of this idea was great – Creating a workable concept that would encompass the full capabilities of Decormarmi, as well as the essence of the artist. It called for a change in the way we think of marble.
“We decided to think at stone as flexible vegetable fibers that would follow a wavy surface as in our famous Expo Shanghai Pavilion; this would give the stand the wicker lightness”. Says Tagliabue
This fresh way of thinking gave the stone a light airy quality that is rare in stone work, more known for its solid beauty.
The installation called for 69 “wavy sails” all carved from solid marble. It was a tall order, crafting pieces that had never been created before, but Marco Farinon, Decormarmi’s production manager was confident: “We immediately fell in love with the project. Benedetta Tagliabue put on paper the expression of who we are and what we wanted to express in this setting: our ability in inlays and three-dimensionality, even particularly tricky, and a challenging project to carry on together with the architect. It is cooperation and a professional exchange extremely exciting for us.“
Kreoo’s US representative Julia Sirakova gave similar thoughts “Working with creative architects it’s a marvelous inspiration. The more complicated the details are, the more excitement gets our team finding engineering solutions, sometimes to the most ‘impossible’ projects. ‘Everything is possible’ is our answer to the most challenging creative ideas.”
Decormarmi’s purpose for existence is to take ideas like these from the minds of true creatives and bring them to life in the physical world. We at Kreoo are proud to be a part of this heritage of design. We look forward to the future, and to celebrating grand design in the homes around the world.