CENTREPIECE / 2016
Alabastri is a collection of centrepieces made in Alabastro di Volterra (Italy)
This sedimentary rock formed millions of years ago is found in caves or tunnels in the form of large ovoid blocks – called “arnioni” – which are extracted and then processed following the traditional techniques. Each piece is handmade, finished and polished with a special abrasive dust that makes each piece smooth and velvety.
The ancient methods required that the polishing was done with shark skin, wild ferns and a solution made from ox bones finely ground mixed with silk yellow soap. This process is now replaced through a polishing process made with powder obtained from a mixture of different shells.
The collection is designed to communicate a sense of quiet and balance, developed through essential shapes that enhance transparency and natural colours. The aesthetics value of alabaster is enhanced through accurate proportions, minimum thickness and handcrafted details.
Each centrepiece can be considered as a unique piece, due to a high quality level of craftsmanship combined with the different intensity of shades designed by nature during millennia.
Material: Alabastro di Volterra
Handmade in Italy
Photo credits: Federico Villa