Moreno Ratti suspends marble volumes inside resin blocks

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Marble shapes are held inside blocks of transparent resin to create these vases by Italian designer Moreno Ratti (+ slideshow).

Suspended Collection 2016 by Moreno Ratti for Marmotrilogy

Designed for Tuscan initiative MarmoTrilogy, the Suspended Collection of vessels are created using white Cararra marble – named after the mines where it is quarried.

Ratti decided to set volumes of marble nto the resin, which is commonly used to strengthen the material before it is cut into thin two- to three-centimetre slabs.

Suspended Collection 2016 by Moreno Ratti for Marmotrilogy

"Usually the blocks are covered with resin to increase the stress resistance imparted by the cutting machine, used to obtain slabs," he said.

"The collection designed for the MarmoTrilogy has been inspired by this process, with the intention to emphasise the material and the artisan know-how to obtain unique and non-replicable objects."

Suspended Collection 2016 by Moreno Ratti for Marmotrilogy

The hollow marble shapes form a bowl, a bulbous vase and a taller rounded vessel.



In each case, the curved base of the stone is held above a horizontal surface and the resin provides a flat base, sides and top.

Suspended Collection 2016 by Moreno Ratti for Marmotrilogy

The marble was sourced from offcuts left over after coring – a process used to obtain long tubes of the stone by drilling out its centre.

Ratti has frequently worked with waste marble, collaborating with Paolo Ulian to create furniture from discarded marble tiles and a vase that is finished by smashing off its edges with a hammer.

Suspended Collection 2016 by Moreno Ratti for Marmotrilogy

His solo work includes a vase stacked from rings of marble offcuts that are piled up like pieces in a mathematical puzzle.

Other designers that have paired marble and glass include Lee Broom, whose products made using the materials range from tableware to lighting.

  • James

    I simply must own these!

  • Chris MacDonald

    Nice, his designs have come a long way from his initial “stacking” marble blocks. These look lovely.

  • Resin won’t age so well. Should’ve been done in glass.

  • David Oliver

    Elegant designs.

  • Doubtful dodger

    Oh my, these are really rather lush.

  • Maryv

    These are just plain old… beautiful.