photography by Laboratorio Morseletto

Production photography by Laboratorio Morseletto
Quarry visit photography by BCXSY

 
BICOLORE
2019
Place:
Vicenza, Italy

Laboratorio Morseletto is a family-owned company, internationally acclaimed for over a century for its high skill, innovation and craftsmanship in Vicenza Stone and various types of marble.
Since it was founded the company has worked on countless commissions with some of the greatest names in the fields of architecture, design, art and sculpture - Carlo Scarpa, Ettore Sottsass , Frank Gehry, David Chipperfield, Gino Bogoni and Roberto Burle Marx - to name just a few.

Following an introduction by Emilia Petruccelli, we were invited to visit Laboratorio Morseletto’s facilities, explore their surrounding and design the company’s first ever own collection.

Vicenza Stone comes in just three colors – gray, yellow and white, and at first sight may seem rather humble. Yet a closer look reveals a whole universe of embedded tiny fossils – an evidence for the stone’s ancient origin, while a depth of delicate variations in color and structure provides it with a distinctive warmth.

Through the collection, our goal was to highlight the beauty and complexity of the Vicenza Stone along with the personal preferences of Laboratorio Morseletto.

Wandering through Laboratorio Morseletto’s colossal, mesmerizing underground Berici Hills quarries, we were drawn to their deeper areas where the yellow and gray stones meet. The unique historical and natural narrative illustrated through this peculiar phenomenon has formed the core of the collection.

BICOLORE functions as an expandable form language, visualizing and honoring the particular characteristics of the Vicenza Stone, as well as the correlation between volumes in the immense spaces in the subterranean mazes of the quarries.

The first three pieces of BICOLORE – a bench, a console and a bar-cabinet were unveiled during EDIT Napoli and have been awarded Best-in-Show award by an international expert jury.

 


With special thanks to:

Deborah Morseletto, Joelle de Jaegher, Emilia Petruccelli, Domitilla Dardi, Alessandro Dimauro and Chia Lin Liao.

 

photography by Laboratorio Morseletto

Production photography by Laboratorio Morseletto
Quarry visit photography by BCXSY