antoniolupi is a Tuscan company, which has stood out in the design and manufacturing of bathroom furniture, both in Italy and globally, for the past fifty years. The distinctive features of this ever-developing company are its ability to innovate by continuously searching for new materials and designs while investing heavily in manufacturing. antoniolupi recently presented the OSSIMORO project designed by architects Calvi Brambilla and carried out by the company Lavagnoli Marmi.
Set up inside The Italian Stone Theatre, ‘Brand & Stone 2.0’ – curated by Danilo Di Michele and Giorgio Canale – it’s an event that aimed to bring leading designers and brands closer to stone materials, assisting them in overcoming commercial and / or technical difficulties. It’s an expo that plans to actively involve design companies and designers who are distinguished internationally, within a symposium that begins with a study of the context and progresses to illustrate new opportunities for collaboration and possible business developments.
With the support of the finest Italian stone companies exhibiting at Marmomac, each brand has created new projects and interpretations in stone. These manifest as iconic pieces from their collections, which testify that marble and granite are indispensable, irreplaceable materials in the world of design and architecture. Yesterday, today and tomorrow.
OSSIMORO represents a paradigm of tension, which is typified here in the shape of a sink-sculpture in white marble in which the dynamics of water is crystallized.
This project was inspired by a 2016 exhibition of the work of London-based Spanish artist Angela de la Cruz, which was dedicated to movement. The effect of compression sought by Calvi Brambilla is the result of a clash between two parallelepipeds (a solid body of which each face is a parallelogram). The design speaks of a desire to express the potential of matter in a fluid state, which immediately captivated antoniolupi.
This washbasin made from Oriental White marble appears to be the result of a crushing impact between two blocks of stone. The result is a graceful monolith, a freestanding totem that can be combined with a wall or floor mounted mixer.
Can the heaviness of the marble evoke lightness? The answer is in the past and recent references: from the drapery and the meticulous embroidery of the Veiled Christ by Giuseppe Sammartino, to the nine sculptures by Maurizio Cattelan named ‘All’.