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08.04.2009 | News

Fuori Salone, 2009. IL CASONE stone in the temporary bar, Elle Decor Café

Milan, 22-27 April
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Once again this year, on the occasion of the Fuori Salone, IL CASONE stone will be on display in the rooms of Elle Decor Café, the temporary bar set up by the magazine, Elle Décor (published by Hachette Rusconi), in the rooms of the Diadora showroom in Via Tortona, 27. As in 2008, the project has been created by the Frassinago Lab studio, which has chosen environmental sustainability as this year’s theme. Ecosustainability, therefore, that is not just genuine, closely linked as it as to the choices made by companies that are sensitive to this issue, and therefore to recyclable/recycled/reusable/modular objects, including energy-saving lighting techniques; it is also sustainability that can be perceived, thanks to specific choices in the colour scheme and materials that emphasise these characteristics in the mind’s eye of visitors.
True to this, the fittings will be in felt, aluminium, cardboard, methacrylate and recyclable metals. However, above all, it will be the natural materials that best display the underlying thread of sustainability, specifically wood and stone. The interior floorings, in fact, will be in white oak from Italy, while the exterior flooring sees the use of IL CASONE’S Pietra Serena, with a horizontal, slatted cut, almost suggesting a “wood effect.” A deliberate choice, in order to really emphasise the natural aspect of the stone, as is also displayed in the alternating bush-hammered and sandblasted finishing, the juxtaposition of rolled sheaves of turf.
The transient atmosphere recreated inside the Diadora showroom will convey the sensation of an environment fashioned in harmony with nature, with no artifice save that of the expertise of companies and designers in interpreting the material itself in creating functional objects.
06.04.2009 | News

"Sacred and Profane": il Casone at the Fuori Salone, Milan 22-27 April

Il Casone’s pietra serena: a backdrop for all "subjects"
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Il Casone will be amongst the companies taking part in “Sacred and Profane”, an evocative exhibition that came from “Natural Stone Vision”, the interdisciplinary project launched last year at the Carrara Marmotec 2008 with the aim of restoring vigour and substance to the dialogue between the marble industry and the world of architects and designers.
Held in Milan’s Tortona district, at number 35, Via Stendhal to be precise, in the Giovannoni room, during the Fuori Salone, “Sacred and Profane”, directed by the architects, Paolo Armenise and Silvia Nerbi, will put flesh and bones on an odyssey of reassessment of the stone market, and its approach to creativity and design. The message is clear: stone materials in the service of design!

Sacred and Profane was begun as a challenge, but above all it seeks to be the key to the interpretation at the heart of any concept of landscape design in which profoundly different materials find a common, expressive language through the vehicle of the project. It is the place in any project where different experiences and narratives meet, generating values and ideas that are no longer exclusively about bridging the gap between global and local, but display a potential for development that goes beyond any national borders.
These are narratives of “material”, as the architect Paolo Armenise puts it, and among these different narratives, Il Casone will be relating its own, through the eloquent vocabulary of pietra serena. An expressivity that is sought, in this particular context, in the sphere of the “unconventional”, in the tailor-made use of stone aimed at restoring textures and experimental cladding that is novel and captivating.
Pietra serena is used as cladding in various areas of the exhibition, both horizontally and vertically, to create a backdrop of various design elements, these too produced using sandstone from Il Casone. Bearing the signatures of prestigious names, these finishing elements will be displayed especially for the occasion: it will thus be possible to see, for example, the Acqua series, Antonio Lupi’s system of basins and containers, and the Achilles table of L’Abbate.
As far as the stone cladding is concerned, what will astonish is the particular cut of the “slabs/slats” used: these, in fact, will be taken from that margin of waste stone that is obtained during the usual cutting phase of a slab before final processing.
These “off-cuts” produce irregular slats that seem to have been cut randomly, but which, once in place, form a skin of very expressive material in which the nature of the stone seems to have got the better of the rationality of the man who cut it, and who designed it on paper.
It is the eternal dichotomy that has always characterised this material: nature and artifice, the unintentional and the rational.
“Architecture becomes the simple reading of the textures that form before the eyes. The stone and the long-standing rituals of mankind have already designed everything, and so the project becomes a mere work of didactic reading,” commented the architect, Armenise, who, alongside the company, is engaged in investigating these scenographic effects.
 
The spirit with which Il Casone approaches these events is the spirit of someone who loves to experiment and enquire, making its great experience available to creative artists, with the aim of putting forward original and novel solutions that trigger other ideas, other visual and sensorial design suggestions.
It is the spirit of those who, like Il Casone, love to appreciate the connections and synergies between different areas such as design, architecture, well being, food, tradition and technology … in order, always, to relate new narratives, and to be a leading player in the transformation and evolution of our times.

Don’t miss the appointment: Milan april 22-27
27.03.2009 | News

Construmat. Barcelona, April 20-25

IL CASONE at the International Construction Exhibition, Pavilion 3, Stand D 453
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Construmat, the International Construction Exhibition that is held every two years in Barcelona, celebrates its thirtieth anniversary in 2009 by bringing together, for the first time, its full product range in a single exhibition venue, one of the most innovative in Europe, the Fira Gran Via of Barcelona. Innovation and sustainability are the main themes of the exhibition this year, which seeks to contribute to the revitalisation of the construction sector and to put forward some observations on market trends.
An important appointment and one in which IL CASONE will also be taking part, at Pavilion 3, Stand D 453, which will be devoted to interior finishing, cladding and flooring.
Il Casone will be taking to the exhibition a range of its solutions for flooring and cladding, including a wide selection of sandstone: Pietra Serena, Pietra Extraforte, Colombino, Giallo Oro, Terra di Siena, Giallo Etrusco, Rosso Etrusco, Crema Fiorito, and Grigio Perla. Part of the stand designed by Kengo Kuma for IL CASONE on occasion of Marmomacc 2007 will also be on display.
Within the Exhibition, a bundant space will be devoted to related activities such as conferences, technical meetings, debates and shows.
Among the activities, to note is “Casa Barcelona,” a project that brings together, under the roof of the Gran Fira architects of international fame, engaged in the search for new solutions in architecture and interior design.
Thanks to the presence of the sector’s main associations, market and research leaders, Construmat will therefore offer a complete perspective on the construction division n order to inform and stimulate innovation.


Construmat
Barcelona, April 20-25
Fira Gran Via, Pavilion 3, Stand D 453
06.03.2009 | News

Università di Ferrara. 100 ore dedicate alle COSTRUZIONI IN PIETRA

IL CASONE tra gli sponsor del corso
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Sono iniziate il 25 febbraio le lezioni del corso "Costruzioni in Pietra", presso la Facoltà di Architettura di Ferrara. L’iniziativa vede la collaborazione di Marmomacc-Veronafiere e dell’azienda IL CASONE, insieme ad altre 10 aziende presenti in qualità di partner. Obiettivo: consolidare negli studenti del quinto anno una consapevolezza critica sull’impiego dei materiali lapidei all’interno del progetto contemporaneo di architettura, di allestimento d’interni e di design.
La lettura critica della pietra nell’architettura contemporanea, le tecniche innovative nei processi di trasformazione dei materiali lapidei, il design litico: saranno questi i temi portanti dell’offerta formativa, che si svilupperà nell’arco di 100 ore.
Particolare attenzione sarà dedicata al tema della progettazione in pietra e al confronto con il paesaggio: argomenti che saranno al centro dell' attività dell’Atelier di progettazione. Oggetto di questa ricerca è un percorso pedonale di circa 10 km che si snoda lungo la riva orientale del Lago di Garda, compreso tra i centri di Lazise e Garda, punteggiato da un sistema di piccoli edifici per l'accoglienza, l'informazione e il ristoro per i turisti. L’attività dell’Atelier consisterà appunto nel progettare una di queste unità di accoglienza, tenendo conto della specificità del paesaggio: acqua, rocce, vegetazione, orizzontalità della superficie del lago e verticalità dei monti.
La selezione dei materiali lapidei da utilizzare terrà conto delle caratteristiche tecnico-costruttive e delle potenzialità espressive, in un confronto diretto con le aziende che partecipano all’iniziativa. I progetti saranno poi esposti durante la prossima edizione di Marmomacc.
Canale comunicativo del Corso sarà www.architetturadipietra.it, che documenterà l’attività in svolgimento e permetterà di condividere i contenuti del corso tra il gruppo docente e i gli studenti.

Docenti: Prof. Alfonso Acocella, Prof. Vincenzo Pavan, Arch: Veronica Cupioli, Arch. Veronica Dal Buono, Arch, Davide Turrini
Argomenti delle lezioni
Lo Stile litico
La rinascita della pietra strutturale
I rivestimenti a spessore e l’opera muraria composita
I rivestimenti sottili contemporanei
L’epidermide di pietra
Light stone. Leggerezza e trasparenza della pietra
Liquid stone. Pietre fluide e architettura digitale
Lo spazio pubblico di pietra
Il design litico contemporaneo
24.02.2009 | News

Beyond Stone

Architettura e paesaggio negli scatti dei grandi fotografi
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Fotografi delle architetture: Olivo Barbieri, Gabriele Basilico, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Luca Campigotto, Ferdinando Scianna sono alcuni dei professionisti che hanno fatto, della propria capacità di ritrarre spazi e strutture, il centro di una specifica e particolare ricerca sull’ambiente, costruito e naturale.
In questo caso, si tratta di un progetto di documentazione e di ricerca sul paesaggio della regione Puglia, da cui è nato il volume "Oltre la pietra”, edito da Federico Motta Editore.
La Puglia monumentale, ad esempio, delle foto di Olivo Barbieri, Gabriele Basilico, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Luca Campigotto, Ferdinando Scianna, ma anche le città di Gabriele Basilico, riprese in scatti che fanno della fotografia un potente strumento di documentazione.
Berengo Gardin invece suggerisce una narrazione fuori dai generi, cogliendo soprattutto riferimenti antropologici, e Scianna costruisce foto, per lo più a colori, che restituiscono la dimensione degli edifici come elementi vissuti, legati ad eventi e ad una dimensione vissuta dell’architettura.
Campigotto propone un’analisi delle strutture, degli spazi esterni ed interni che appare esemplare.
Questi fotografi ci accompagnano quindi in un nuovo viaggio attraverso la  Puglia, tra le sue  pietre e i suoi monumenti.
I loro scatti raccontano storie diverse, storie di materiali e quindi di superfici, di facilità o meno di lavorazione; ciascuna di queste pietre suggerisce la dimensione di un differente sistema costruito.
Un modo, quindi, estremamente suggestivo di riconoscere l’identità di ogni edificio, monumento e paesaggio,
(Oltre la pietra, a cura di Clara Gelao, Federico Motta Editore, 2009, 49 euro)
05.02.2009 | News

Marmomacc.

The project to promote natural stone in the USA
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Natural stone and the world of construction in the USA: a perfect union according to Marmomacc who has taken on this ambitious project.  In order to promote the use of stone materials in America, Marmomacc recently created a training program at several local universities.  The objective is to promote a greater understanding of the peculiarities of natural stone such as its durability over time.
Some of the initiatives that have already taken place include a seminar geared towards architects specifically on the sustainability of marble.  The formal training that will take place in 2009 will include courses on natural stone taught by professors from some of the U.S.’s leading universities.
This initiative enforces Marmomacc’s place on the international stage as a combining force between the world of natural stone extraction and that of designers.
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