A Swiss-based design duo optimizes a classic material for modern production

ÉCAL design graduates Aurélie Mathieu and Charlotte Sunnen, a duo known as Grande, share an aim to remove traditional constraints typically associated with rigid materials by developing projects that demonstrate the opportunities possible in the oldest of resources: stone. 

Their most recent offering, 6x6 Part 2, is a progressive series of furniture that features laminated stone. A continuation of the designers' debut collection, 6x6 Part 1, the new pieces - which began as descarded remnants of Marquina marble sourced from the Gros-Dérudet factory in Lyon - are a console, a table and a lamp. The furniture is composed of 6-x-6-cm marble battens whose sandwiched layers are glued together with a stark red adhesive. Grande shows that recycled leftovers can be strong enough to make large structures and to please connoisseurs of 21st-century aesthetics. Part 3? Yes please.

Photos Nicolas Genta

This article debuted in Frame #109 alongside many other inspirational interviews and projects. Find your copy in the online Frame store.

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