Marble and sustainability: Lithos Design commitment

What is sustainable design?

Nowadays, sustainable design is the primary purpose and driving force in the design and furniture sector. So, we wanted to show how marble is an eco-friendly material and how we keep improving and making Lithos Design marble eco-design even more sustainable.

In recent years, there has been a real revolution in product design because designers and companies have rethought not only the design, the process, and the realization of the product but also the duration of its life cycle and recycling.  

The founder of the “Making Design Circular” community, Katie Treggiden, claims that to create a product, we need to start thinking of it from the end of its existence, or rather, when we throw it. This concept rests on the already well-known “Circular economy” philosophy, of which the Ellen Macarthur Foundation is a leading promoter, aiming at recycling a product instead of getting rid of it and generating waste. 

Companies and designers have become the main actors in designing long-term products that are easy to recycle and give them a second life when of no help anymore.     

This year, the theme of Fuorisalone, Matter Nature, confirms how crucial is this change of perspective, pointing out the fundamental role of sustainability in the creative process. 

 

Is marble an eco-friendly material?

 

When it comes to marble, the first adjective that crosses your mind is timeless. Natural stone has been one of the first and leading building materials used in architecture because it is available, reliable, durable, and not subject to wear and tear. These features make marble a sustainable material because it creates products that don’t need to be replaced

Then, being natural makes it stand above any trends and perfectly in tune with the well-being of people.  

You will unlikely have enough of a marble or natural stone product, but if you had to replace it anyway, it would be easy to recycle marble.

How to recycle marble. It may be transformed with ease and used to create new items. 

In the furniture sector, many are the designers who have dealt with recycled marble, combining design and sustainability. Here are some ideas for marble recycling: Designer Clement Brazille, for example, with his Ocean Travertine Stone collection, recycled marble creating consoles, coffee tables, and desks from Ocean Blu travertine stone. The young Pietretrovanti brand recovers the local stone waste to create design items. The Swedish Studio EO matches marble waste with blown glass to create vases of lively colors. These are some sustainable design examples.

 

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Chiffon 3D wall covering | Drappi di Pietra

 

Marble is an environmentally healthy material because it provides a long-lasting eco-design with consequent savings of material and energy consumption, and sustainable items that may be recycled into something else without generating waste. 

 

The role of marble in sustainable design

 

Marble is a trusty ally of eco-friendly design thanks to its intrinsic matter features.

• Durability.

• Versatility.

• Salubrity.

• Recycling.

As seen, many sustainable design examples rest on marble and its recycling. This approach is so meaningful to Lithos Design because it respects and is aware of how prestigious and high-profile this material is. Besides product recycling, other aspects may improve the use of marble in the decor sector: the design, the processing, and the willingness to create long-lasting products. At the same time, consumers have to become more involved and aware of it, limiting the consumerism that has influenced our society from the booming economy. 

We should reformulate the same concept of need and possession that everyone has. If we need a table for our place, we should choose a timeless, long-lasting piece of furniture that is not subject to wear and tear. 

Our backlit walls, for example, are designed to last for a long time but also to be re-used. Thanks to its mechanical fixing, the backlit covering may be easily moved, without ruining the product. Discover here how to install our backlit wall coverings.

 

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Stripes backlit wall | Pietre Chiaroscure

 

Disassembly is crucial in the design of a sustainable product because it allows for its preservation and reuse.

Together with the designer Raffaello Galiotto, we have often started from it to create new products, also studying a series of productive and process techniques of the raw material aimed at close-to-zero waste. It shows how marble design may be technically sustainable, too.

 

 

Lithos Design for Marble Sustainability

 

Lithos Design has been one of the leading companies to pursue industrial stone design that applies serial productive processes to marble uniqueness

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From the beginning, the company has embraced it to optimize the use of natural stone with close-to-zero waste while drawing attention to the entire production chain by selecting marbles from Italian quarries preferably and using blocks of any size when the small ones often are discarded because commercially not desirable.  The product fixing method in the backlit walls, dividers, and tables is mechanical, avoiding glue and making assembly and disassembly easy.

 

 

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The marble elements of Elitra are mechanically fixed together through two brass elements.

 

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Hidden mechanical elements fix the three base elements; similarly, the glass tabletop and the marble base are mechanically fixed together.

 

 

In particular, regarding our backlit walls, each module is equipped with an independent lighting fixture. So, in case of lighting failure or tile damage, only the ruined tile has to be replaced without dismantling the entire wall. All these features make the products eco-friendly, embodying the ethical conscience and respect we feel for the material we process, but above all, love. 

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The 3D modular marble tile is back-anchored to an independent lighting fixture.

 

Let’s see how you don’t need to find a sustainable alternative to marble because marble is already an eco-friendly choice on multiple fronts:

  • • As a raw material, thanks to its hardness, long-lasting quality, salubrity, and recyclability.
  • • As a production process, thanks to industrial stone design combining serial productive techniques to unique material, bringing waste material close to zero.
  • • As a product, marble design has a potentially eternal product life cycle for its long-lasting quality and recycling possibility. 

Having a marble design product at home means having a sustainable and eco-friendly roommate who can grow, change, and get older with us. 

Let yourself be inspired by how it can co-inhabit your sustainable interior design! 

 

 

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