When scraps become a resource


The age-old question is one of waste and what to do with (the so-called “scraps”) of processing generated by the pieces left over from an excavation, from a natural stone artifact, or breakages during processing.

Considering stone waste as a resource means the eventual overall reduction of waste and allowance of alternative methods to realize objects and products obtained through regeneration and sustainability.

A more important example for completeness, sustainability value, and workmanship, Il Lavabo 024 designed by Gumdesign for Antonio Lupi is the result of the assembly of 24 recycled marble segments cut into the trapezoidal shape and glued together by resin in a contrasting color. The basin is in white Carrara marble, while the pedestal is in black Marquinia marble. The segments that make up the bust are much smaller to make the washbasin light, which weighs a total of 50 kg. This washbasin is part of the collection Tra le righe which includes the two washbasins Gessati and Rigati, whose marble slats are glued vertically and horizontally and subsequently carved and worked to obtain the desired shape.

The Intreccio washbasin, designed by Paolo Ulian for Antonio Lupi, deserves the Honorable Mention of the XXVI Compasso d’Oro 2020. This piece is of another type of artistry, but it is equally light thanks to the craftmanship. With a weight of 55 kg this piece is transformed into a block of 11 cm marble, obtained through a numerically controlled processing technology, concentric thin, and light rings. From the overlapping of these staggered layers, one creates a game of light and shadow, full and empty spaces resulting from the variation of light on the concave or convex shapes. Intreccio can be considered an eco-sustainable washbasin as the technology used for its realization is a virtuous example of the reduction of waste of raw materials.

By Sabrina Sciama

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