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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. It skillfully balances 15th-century craft traditions with modern engineered-stone technologies in an approach that is architectonic and sculptural. Marmoreal is currently available in a single color and an edited range of standard tile and slab dimensions. The second Marmoreal colour variant will launch in late spring 2015.
Lamb’s recent (but extensive) history of working in stone, and his steadfast interest in materials, led the designer to examine engineered stones and question how he might create one that would be consistent with his practice. After extensive investigations and compositional studies, he arrived at the idea of using large marble pieces as the bulk of the mix to emphasize the inherent stoniness of human-made stone, rather than the usual small pieces of aggregate typical of terrazzo.
The designer’s ongoing Quarry series is clearly a reference point for this development. These pieces are characterized by their generous scale and honestly celebrate the qualities of a given stone’s color, texture, and even its historical context. For the first Marmoreal recipe, Lamb selected Rosso Verona, Giallo Mori, Verde Alpi, and Bianco Verona, all Veronese marble varietals that have unique and complementary color and textural qualities. The word “marmoreal” means “like marble”; this Marmoreal is composed of approximately 95 percent marble and 5 percent polyester resin binders.
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, including 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 it is characterised by fine circular patterns and stylolitic veins.
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.
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.
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. Compared to its more famous counterparts, Carrera and Botticino, this stone provided the best contrast to support the strong colours in the other three marbles.