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This opening collection of items sculpted in the Alhambra terrazzo comprises different models of fruit bowls, vases and tables. Their design is based on both straight and curved geometry, the latter reflecting the flowing forms of the bottles.
When considering a color scheme, we looked at the vibrant fruits and flowers that these objects hold. There is a joyful contrast between the vividly coloured terrazzo inside the bottles and the white mass of the rest of the block. Generously sized, the objects play with the pure geometrical volumes, inviting the user to interact with a tactile and sensual material.
Playing with geometry is a basic starting point in order to find the appropriate shape for many of our works such as Rayuela stool or Riad side table. All these are the fruit of pure geometry which subtly altered each product by influencing the employed materials and finishes and consequently, the different manufacturing processes used in their construction. However, the shapes of this collection are no longer linked to the symmetry and reduction attempt predominating in our previous work, but they have been replaced for unusual and apparently random sections.
The new Alhambra terrazzo emerges as a combination of glass bottles and marble, cement and coloured resin, a contemporary reinterpretation of the ceramic glazed walls of the Alhambra interiors. The mixture and the coexistence of different materials remind us of the famous Venetian Terrazzo, a composition of cement combined with marble fragments, and the Florentine terrazzo, which used to combine cement with compact stones and whose sections reveal irregular shapes. It also recalls the material created by Shiro Kuramata in 1983, a mixture of terrazzo with glass fragments, under the influence of the Memphis Group’s design style.
Instead, the Alhambra terrazzo keeps the glass bottles unbroken which enables us to achieve unusual, interesting shapes by sectioning the material, therefore being a closer interpretation of the traditional Florentine terrazzo. The glass bottle now plays a different role. The liquid it normally contains is replaced by the coloured terrazzo. Similar to different techniques that are aimed to separate colors within the terrazzo surface (brass rails and plates for example), the glass bottle is used as the border between the cement and the coloured terrazzo.
Special thanks to: Terraconti, Piedras Lozano and Real Fábrica de Cristales de La Granja.
This product is suitable for outdoor use although it should not be left outside in wet conditions.
Alhambra glass bottles, concrete, color pigments, Carrara marble and resin.