18.09.2009 | News
Monochrome: a stone casket
The pietra serena of CASONE in a new setting for Abitare il Tempo (Living the Time) and Marmomacc
Monochrome is a new exhibition space that we will be able to visit at the next edition of “Abitare il Tempo” (Verona, September 17-21) and “Marmomacc” (Verona, September 30 – October 3).
Conceived by the VISTO Architectural Workshop, this space is a real production in which the experience and commitment of a group of companies, each complimenting one another, is brought to fruition. Together, they have worked to make this joint project in exhibition design possible.
A rustic shell thus takes shape, constructed in pietra serena supplied by CASONE, which encloses a collection of stone bathroom fittings, these too in pietra serena, shown in the Saturnia collection designed for PIBA Marmi by Philippe Nigro.
If, on the one hand, the pietra serena “skin” of the shell is applied “coarse,” that is without processing, in order to invoke the primordial origin of the stone extracted from the quarry, on the other it displays of itself the elements of bathroom fittings, fruit of the same material, though moulded by hand and the creativity of man.
Stone in its natural state, strong, warm, expressive, and stone processed by man, smooth, refined and conceptual.
But how does this stone shell work?
Light metal scaffolding, devised and supplied by Fischer and Fila, will be the support on which the cladding will be grafted, made up of 100 x 70 cm pietra serena modules, 6-8 cm thick.
These slabs are taken from the “skin” of blocks of pietra serena, extracted from Cassone’s Firenzuola quarry, that is from the exterior faces of the three-dimensional components that are usually discarded at the start of the transformation production line. Thanks to their natural coarseness, they bestow a rough, vibrant appearance on the stone casket, monochromatic yet extremely contrasting and rich in chiaroscuro effects triggered by the light skimming over it.
The stone cladding, in CASONE’s pietra serena, will also be to the fore in the interior: on the flooring and walls, it will be present with the same rough and naturalistic appearance as outside, while in some parts, especially in some enclosing partitions, the interior faces of the slabs will be ground with a simple saw-cut finish and will reveal the metallic support structure.
The dominant monochromatic theme, which inspired the name of this evocative space, will be the bluish grey of the pietra serena. But the visual sensations generated by this colour and its tones will be intense and varied, according to the texture of the stone and the lighting, devised and installed for the occasion by Viabizzuno.
For CASONE, there is only one aim, to communicate, leaving the stone itself to convey the expressive potential of this material, suggesting to architects, designers and visitors that they allow themselves to be sheltered by this protective shell and abandon themselves to the sensory perceptions that its physicality, in the colour, the form and the surfaces, transmits.
These sensations will guide anyone who enters the space towards new ideas for their own homes and workplaces, and it will be a new source of inspiration for anyone whose profession is creativity.
This isn’t the first time that IL CASONE has made its experience and know-how available by taking part in projects of this type, in which collaboration with other aspects of the sector becomes a communal occasion of growth, comparison and design research.