In the context of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia 2016, the European Cultural Centre presents its exhibition "VENICE DESIGN 2016" in one of its prestigious Palazzi in Venice, Palazzo Michiel. Natural resources are limited. The demand of raw materials is constantly increasing with no concern over the waste produced and future availability. The constraints on our resources will shape our future.
Carrara marble quarries are not infinite, drastic are the changes within the natural landscape. Still the architectural industry discard all those slates that present imperfections and unexpected inclusions. On the other hand, the world’s hunger for metal is ever increasing. Huge amounts of ore have to be taken from the earth’s crust to supply our industries with enough metal. The metals get extracted and purified from any mineral inclusions and oxidations.
Designed by Ariel Zuckerman Curated by Matter of Stuff, the collaborative installation at the Venice Biennale is an occasion to create objects that make us reflect on the use of this precious natural resources. Our generation has a duty, to design better. How can a man made objects look like natural precious fragments that can be found on a beach or inside a rock?
The two set of lights and the marble candleholders, produced by Toscari and Cararra Design Factory explore rare marble stones and a mix of metal and acids with precious stone look. Metal and marble are similar in that they come out of the ground as rocks. We want to reconnect people to where this materials came from, explain how every colour and veins is the result of natural processes and chemical interactions, unveil how tradition and technology can enhance and express natural beauty.
Marble Cone Lights