Fili Pari: marble dust become fabric
Eros table by Angelo Mangiarotti
View of the quarries by Daan Zuijderwijk & Maaike Vergouwe
Born in Carrara
FREEDOM TOWER 2014
"Architecture is a dream, geometry its story, the product the dream come true and the architect the storyteller. "
A creative, responsible, modern vision
Imagine the future of natural stone
In Paul Valèry’s book “Eupalinos: Or, The Architect”, these words are spoken to Phaedrus at a buzzing building site, as he accompanies the famous builder of temples and great works of antiquity. The dialogue between the two is talk of stone, materials, destiny, and monuments. The message is clear: building requires a deep knowledge of nature and a subtle ability to 'steal' some secrets from it. future could look like for our marble. The architect of Megara explains to Phaedrus that Architecture is made up of three aspects: the body, which expresses its usefulness, the soul, which equates to beauty, and sturdiness, which translates to durability. It was therefore not difficult for Eupalinos to imagine the future of architecture and natural stone. And today? Has the perspective changed? Not for those who have always looked forward, nor for those who never stop. We must not be afraid, and we should ask ourselves what the future could look like for our marble.
The enduring beauty of stone
The charm and innate beauty of marble have remained the same over the centuries, and we should be comforted by the thought that there will be many people in the future who will want to work with this natural stone. The distinctiveness of marble is bound to architects, artists, and designers, from the most meticulous to the most visionary. It gives us a glimpse of a long path full of creative successes propelling us into the future, without the surfaces of our blocks and slabs blemished by the “wrinkles” of time. Stone does not age on a human scale, instead time only makes it more fascinating, and in our Bel Paese one must only have a look around to realize this. Stone at its essence is a project, stone is about evolution; moving forward… heart, mind, and ideas. The greatest structures and the finest works of art in marble and stone are the result of the minds and skills of those who have decided to go beyond the recognized limits of law and matter. We are with them. And if it is true that the world will be saved by those looking for beauty, then we must be optimistic.