A pair of Italian designers has extended their line of items produced from rejected marble with a collection of four vases, all made from a single tile with out producing any waste .


Driven by the statistic that only 30 per cent of marble quarried ends up in completed products, Paolo Ulian and Moreno Ratti have designed the collection of Tiny Gerla vases from discarded Marmette slabs – marble wall and flooring tiles pre-lower to forty by forty by 3 centimetres.


Making use of a water jet, every single tile is lower into 4 pieces of twenty by 20 by 3 centimetres, and then cut into concentric rings. These rings are stacked, rotated and glued together to generate the uncommon shape of the vases.


In accordance to the designers, the tiles they are making use of for this project are amongst enormous numbers discarded each and every 12 months because of prominent veins, inconsistent colors or minor injury.


Waste is always the basis of our study, since we would like to reside in a globe without waste,” Ratti told Dezeen. “We were shocked when we found that 70 per cent of marble is wasted, so we set about creating some thing that could be produced from the marble tiles located in dusty warehouses of our craft companies. We set ourselves the challenge of only making use of a water jet machine to cut and discovering a way to merely assemble the pieces with out making any waste.”


The designers have no fixed concept of the last form when they commence experimenting with tiles.

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“These vases have been born out of a review into the reuse of marble tiles,” stated Ratti. “We started with a 2D notion – the tile – and utilized that to make a 3D idea – the vase. For us the form of vase is the finishing point, not the starting up level. This type of examine final results in a new type of design and style.”


The resulting vases are unexpectedly light-weight for one thing created from marble and their surfaces bear the characteristic markings of the water jet.


Ulian and Ratti initial produced a assortment from the Marmette slabs last yr, which featured a more substantial model of the stacked vases. Their other earlier patterns incorporate lamps, fruit bowls and clocks, every created from single tiles.



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