From 29 September to 2 October 2021, the 55th edition of Marmomac is held in the Veronafiere exhibition center, the most prestigious international fair for the marble industry and market where design, architecture and stone culture meet. Verona is one of the most important centers of extraction and processing of marble in Italy with a stone tradition that dates back to prehistoric times but which developed above all in Roman times with the construction of great monuments such as the Arena.

Even today an entire industrial district works and exports limestone and granite of all kinds and types all over the world. Marmomac is the main international hub of the sector’s protagonists, an irreplaceable platform where business and professional development meet, becoming a privileged place for innovation and training.

This year there are 756 exhibiting companies, of which 427 are Italian and 329 foreign for a total of 39 countries represented.

EXPERIMENTATION AND INNOVATION ON EXHIBITION
The Italian Stone Theater – Time in Stone. Author’s Tables

In the exhibition pavilion of the fair, a space for creative experimentation and meeting between companies and designers, BCF design is present in the exhibition “Tavoli d’Autore” curated by the ADI delegation – Association for Industrial Design, Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige. Since its first edition, The Italian Stone Theater project has united Italian stone processing companies with local designers and architects to create new projects specifically designed for the event.

The initial inspiration is a theme that is identified every year by the curators. The leitmotif of this year is time, Time in Stone, to reflect on the indissoluble link between natural stone and the passage of time.

The ADI VTAA working group of designers and architects developed the concept by proposing a heterogeneous collection of tables designed for catering. Respect for marble, a rare and precious material that can no longer be produced, combined with a design vision that adheres to the themes of industrial design, serial production, ease of transport and the final location of the product, is reflected in the work of Italian companies of excellence of the entire supply chain of the sector in which designers and companies in the area have experimented with the design of twelve tables with stone materials.

Roccia 45°38’27.2”N 10°57’28.9”E
(Ronconi – Sant’Anna d’Alfaedo – Verona – Italy)

In the “Tavoli d’Autore” exhibition, among the twelve tables on display at Marmomac, there is Roccia, designed by BCF design product designer and ADI VTAA President Marcello Cutino and produced by the Fasani Celeste company together with Vetreria De Guidi. The table is made up of a central rock, about one meter high, wrapped in a crystal ring that serves as a top.

Its shape, dictated by nature and time, is an identifying element of the object itself which is expressed in the writing on the crystal: “Time and nature are true sculptors of stone“.

The red Verona marble, used in the table, is one of the most appreciated Veronese stones: its characteristic, in addition to the particular intense color, is in the fossil shells that are found in every dimension. Loved and used since ancient times for its elegance, it is found modeled in columns, tiles, bas-reliefs and sculptures to decorate palaces and churches, such as in the façade of the Doge’s Palace and in the Basilica of San Marco in Venice.

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