june12-2015-marble-vases

Modern Vases Made From Wasted Marble

Remember the three Rs — reduce, reuse, recycle? Well, two Italian designers are taking the elementary school adage to heart. Marble production is not exactly efficient (around 70% of the mineral is wasted during the quarrying process, according to one study). To make a small dent in that stat, Paolo Ulian and Moreno Ratti are upcycling discarded Marmette marble, which was originally intended for use in floor and wall tiles, in their Little Gerla vase collection. They cut each marble slab into concentric rings, then stack them off-centre and glue them together for an elegant end product with a distinctly organic vibe.