What Can You Do With A Marble Tile? 40×40 by Paolo Ulian & Moreno Ratti

Italian designers Paolo Ulian and Moreno Ratti have created 40×40, a collection of seven prototypes of products made from discarded wall and flooring marble tiles. The tiles are pre-cut into standard sizes, the most common of which is 40 x 40 x1 centimetres.

The idea was to realise a new product from just one tile, by cutting the parts and creating a 3D object. Each slab has been cut by water jet to create a number of pieces that, without producing any waste, can be assembled in the form of a lamp, a vase, a stool, a table, a clock or two different bowls.

Companies that work with this type of tile accumulate huge numbers of boxes of abandoned tiles that will probably never be sold. Marble tiles can be discarded because the veins are considered too prominent, the colour is not quite right or there is damage to the edges.

Homebuildlife subscribers can see more examples of creative solutions that reuse waste materials in our trend report from the London Design Festival 2014.

– Annalisa Rosso

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