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Brief Published: 12 Mar 2014

Francesca Gattello: Made From Waste Marble


During the marble cutting and manufacture process, up to 70% of the material is wasted. Italian designer Francesca Gattello finds alternative uses for this unwanted material in her latest project, the Calcera home accessories collection. 

Working in collaboration with Italian ceramic company Rossoramina, the designer has developed a material by mixing clay with marble dust – a byproduct of manufacture.

The clay and marble composite has a coarse texture, and the soft, stone-grey colour is interrupted by tonal variations, hinting at the material’s origins. While the vessels’ surfaces remain matt, the edges of the hand-turned vessels are highlighted with sections of clear glaze, with scored lines emphasising the different material textures. 

As we’ve previously highlighted in Design Democracy: Slow and our A/W 15-16 Materials Focus Repurpose, recycled materials have entered mainstream design. They are now seen to highlight a considered approach to production, rather than being associated with a lesser-quality product – shedding their worthy image.

For more designers bringing a fresh approach to reusing waste stone and rock, see Made of Stone. For similar aesthetic inspiration to the Calcera collection, look out for our A/W 15-16 Design Direction Unearth, publishing tomorrow.