Milan 2014: Konstantin Grcic, Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morrison are among the six designers who have created objects from Carrara marble for design brand Marsotto Edizioni, showing in Milan this week (+ slideshow).
Italian brand Marsotto Edizioni have invited five of the same designers from previous commissions dating back to 2009 to create furniture pieces in the Italian white stone, with an addition of a sixth designer, Phillippe Nigro.
The Working on Marble collection comprises modular, flexible pieces including meeting tables, work surfaces and writing desks.
London-based Studio Irvine is responsible for the art direction of this year's project. "Work, as a necessary part of our lives, covers a vast range of activities relating to the intellect, manual skills, the individual and the group. Hence this collection, with its diverse interpretations of surfaces as action tops," said the studio.
British designer Jasper Morrison's Arena is a set of large round meeting tables with tapered, broad support columns.
Keyboard by Konstantin Grcic is a desk with a curved rotating top extension that allows for different working configurations.
Naoto Fukasawa has introduced a rectangular and modular meeting table with curved marble panels as legs. The table comes in three parts and fits together as a system, with 45 degree angle corner connections to create a curved opening in the centre.
Studio Irvine's Toio writing desk and Isa dressing table both feature the same tapered legs, pairs of which sit at a 45 degree angle to the top.
The writing desk incorporates a groove, which supports a reading stand while the dressing table uses a groove to store cosmetics. The dressing table also features a circular detachable mirror.
Ross Lovegrove's Two Mates chess table comes with curved seats. He has also created two other freestanding chess tables, which stand at different heights.
French designer Philippe Nigro's Rendez Vous reception desk is made to house electrical cables and available in three types, at different heights.
The exhibition will be on show from the Academia di Belle Arti di Brera in the Brera district in Milan from 8-13 April.