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Designer-Led Architectural Materials

Dzek collaborates with selected designers, architects and artists with a strong craft foundation and steadfast interest in materials to develop new surfaces that can profoundly impact architecture and space.

Marmoreal
by Max Lamb

Marmoreal is an engineered marble devised by the British designer Max Lamb. Suitable for both interior and exterior architectural surfaces, this large aggregate, pre-cast marble terrazzo offers an original material language with strong visual  value. Max Lamb skillfully balances the traditions of a 15th century craft with modern engineered stone technologies in an approach that is both modern and sculptural.  Marmoreal is available in an edited range of standard tile and slab dimensions as well as custom sizing on request. 
 

Background

Lamb’s recent (but extensive) history of working in stone, and his steadfast interest in materials, brought the designer to examine engineered stones such as terrazzo and question how he would design a similar material consistent with his practice.

The pieces from the designer’s ongoing Quarry series are generously scaled and celebrate the qualities of a given stone’s colour, texture, and even its historical context. After extensive material investigations and compositional studies for Marmoreal, Lamb arrived at the idea of using large marble pieces as the bulk of the mix to emphasise the inherent stoniness of man-made stone, rather than the usual small pieces of aggregate typical to terrazzo. For the first recipe he selected  Rosso Verona, Giallo Mori, Verde Alpi and Bianco Verona. All local Veronese marble varietals that have unique and complementary colour and textural qualities.

The word Marmoreal means ‘real marble’, but can be used to describe objects or materials that look like real marble but aren’t necessarily so. Our Marmoreal is composed of approximately 95 per cent marble and 5 per cent polyester resin binders.
 

The Ingredients

Rosso Verona
This red nodular limestone of the Jurassic period is from Northern Italy. Rosso Verona has been extensively quarried and as a result goes under many different names; it can be referred to as Rosso Sant’Ambrogio, Verona Red or Red Verona, Rojo Verona, Rosso Verona Asiago Marble, and the serious sounding Nembro Rosato. Its colour ranges from light to dark red and is characterised by fine circular patterns and stylolitic veins.

Giallo Mori
A bright, ochre-yellow marble from Tyrol, a bordering region of Northern Italy, that has both light and dark sinuous veins with the occasional small white patches. Cross sections will often appear flat and bright, providing Marmoreal White with its extreme graphic quality.

Verde Alpi
This traditional marble from Torino is also commonly referred to as Verde Alpi Cesana Marble. It was selected for Marmoreal because of its intense green color, contrasting white quartz elements and the very uniform, elegant light veins.

Bianco Verona
Used as the background of Marmoreal White, this traditional Veronese marble is characterised by its opacity and textural flatness. Slightly off-white in colour, Bianco Verona can vary in shade from cream to pink and grey. This stone provided the best contrast when compared to its more famous counterparts, Carrera and Botticino, to support the strong colours in the other three marbles.

Marmoreal, partial slab 120 x 150h cm
Marmoreal, partial slab 120 x 150h cm