I have a keen interest in architecture. I find great inpsiration for design and textiles, in particular in older buildings designed in the Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Victorian styles (see my Pinterest board here for some examples).
However, the work of designer and architect Raffaello Galiotto is extraordinary. Galiotto works in other materials but his works in marble are particularly stunning. The textural qualities, use of modern design technologies (most are produced entirely by non-manual means) and the emphasis on an environmentally-friendly use of resources make his pieces quite unique.
This is neatly summed up in this article from DESCROLL Design Feeds’ article:
“The Retina work sums up some fundamental principles of Lithos Design: total industrialisation, creativity integrated and enhanced through technology, environmental-friendliness thanks to the optimisation of the industrial process through reduced waste and energy savings”.
Lithos use CAD to plan the completion of a structure, according to Galiotto’s design. Using diamond-wire cutting allows precision, and intricate, almost delicate sculpturing of the marble pieces. This minimises waste, affording the pieces a high level of environmental sensitivity.This piece, Carapace, is described on Galiotto’s Facebook page as (please note, this ‘quote’ is a Google translate from the original Italian so may not be 100% accurate!):
“Armor sprinkled with sharp wedges, made with cutter
diamond disc. The paths tracks, circular and wavy are lying
on the large spherical cap and guide the disk that runs through them with an inclination of 90 ° to the direction of the path. The result is a three-dimensional surface is not obtained with the traditional modeling with 3D software, but through the passage of the swash plate.”
My Pinterest board of images of Galiotto’s work can be found here. Galiotto’s Facebook page also contains a number of other amazing sketches of many of Galiotto’s pieces that are amazing.
Raffaello Galiotto. Digital design and stone materiality Contemporary stone ornamentation (part 1) « Journal. 2015. Raffaello Galiotto. Digital design and stone materiality Contemporary stone ornamentation (part 1) « Journal. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.architetturadipietra.it/wp/?p=5651. [Accessed 19 September 2015].
Retina by Lithos Design – Descroll | Descroll. 2015. Retina by Lithos Design – Descroll | Descroll. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.descroll.com/design/retina-by-lithos-design. [Accessed 19 September 2015].
Energy for Creativity – Milan 2015. 2015. Energy for Creativity – Milan 2015. [ONLINE] Available at: http://vesta-mebel.eu/en/2015/04/energy-for-creativity-milan-2015/. [Accessed 19 September 2015].
. 2015. . [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.facebook.com/raffaello.galiotto. [Accessed 19 September 2015].