Milan 2014: these marble furniture pieces, including a version of Alessandro Mendini's Proust chair, were each carved from a single block of stone for an exhibition by Italian company Robot City in Milan (+ slideshow).
The marble base of the table has been carved into a series of vertical linked curves, appearing solid when viewed front on but delicate when seen from above through the rectangular glass table top.
"Marble and plate glass are strong, pure materials," said Stefano Boeri. "On a marble base, the transparency of a crystal glass surface is ready for the untidiness of everyday life."
A tree-like table accompanied by a set of rabbit-shaped chairs were created by designer Stefano Giovannoni.
Rabbit Tree features a rounded table supported by a thick base that branches like a tree trunk beneath its surface.
Users sit on the backs of the marble rabbits and can lean against their ears.
The modular Comb piece has two legs carved with flutes, which reduce the weight, and a flat top. When stacked together, the repeated elements form a shelving unit with arched nooks for storing items.
The duo's Land chair is made from two flat marble slabs cut concentrically, forming tiers that step inward towards the base.
The exhibition also included an all-marble version of designer Alessandro Mendini's 1978 Proust chair - read more about this design in our previous story.
Each design was carved using programmed machinery from a block of marble weighing over 38 tonnes.
"The materials were worked with a combination of high technology and robotically-controlled processes, with skilled supervision by expert marble artisans," said a statement from Robot City.
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