In our previous issue, The Trends Issue 94, we recognised Marble as being one of this year’s growing decor trends. This creative project, Calcarea, by Italian designer Francesca Gattello and Rosso Ramina, takes the trend one step further, and uses the waste material from the mining and cutting of marble to create a range of simple homeware.
The name Calcarea is linked to calcium, Ca, marble’s most important chemical element.
The objects in the range have two different surfaces, and thus are typically two-toned: a transparent finished one and a rough one, which shows the core mixed material, its nature and its visual and tactile qualities.
The beautiful product shots of the Calcarea collection you see here were shot in a marble quarry. ‘In this context the objects are inserted into their birthplace, where the stone is extracted.’
“A special bond between matter, image and illusion has been created: we built some brand new domestic locations using the vertical surface of one quarry-bearing pillar. It becomes the wall of two ideal settings: a living room and a bathroom. The pillar face gives an irregular plane which, offers a very fascinating texture.”
Marble production generates large amounts of waste. Almost 70 percent of the mineral is wasted in the mining, processing and polishing stages. The Calcarea collection is currently a prototype, but Gattello hopes to start producing the items in larger quantities for sale.
Photography is by Stefano Bellamoli.