Japanese potter, poet and seminal figure in the Mingei movement, Kanjiro Kawai’s sentiments inspire our approach to collaboration.
Makers & Brothers
Our collaboration with Makers & Brothers led to this exquisitely cut and honed Marmoreal board, as perfect in the kitchen as on the dining table.
Makers & Brothers is a project developed by two brothers, Jonathan and Mark Legge. It is an online retail venture founded on simple things; the handmade, objects of integrity, contemporary vernaculars, the curation of everyday design and craft.
Exclusively available at Makers & Brothers.
Filles Du Calvaire, Paris
The Parisian fashion brand along with Henry architects and Nicolas Dorval-Bory Architects sought the expertise of Dzek and Max Lamb to develop a custom version of Marmoreal that offers unique visual qualities consistent with the company’s French heritage. Brent Dzekciorius and Max Lamb travelled with Gildas Loaëc, Masaya Kuroki, Charles Henry and Nicolas Dorval-Bory to Valpolicella, Italy, a region renowned for its magnificent marble quarries. The group examined the region’s marble varietals and conducted composition studies before arriving at a suitable recipe that would make this version quintessentially French. Like the orginal Marmoreal, Marmoreal Maison Kitsuné features the Bianco Verona marble for the canvas-like white background as well as the striking Rosso Verona, and Verde Alpi marbles. However, the Kitsuné version replaces the yellow, Giallo Mori marble with more Bianco Verona. The result is a stunning white, red and green Marmoreal variation that offers a similar graphic quality to the original with a bit less colour density and more visual lightness.
Marmoreal Maison Kitsuné was also used as inspiration for a capsule collection that includes a t-shirt, sweatshirt, scarf and tote bag. These products are available directly from Maison Kitsuné.
Cultured + Artsy
Marmoreal Scrap Scrap Vases
For our collaboration with Cultured Magazine and Artsy, we made use of some of the last remaining prototype Marmoreal material. The prototype was produced to study engineered stones, and the recipe for it pushed hard against existing industrial constructs. Max Lamb selected aggregates so large that they needed to be hand loaded into the mixer. This first version of Marmoreal was deemed non-producible, but from it we were able to prototype a few furnishings, tile Lamb’s bathroom, and make this very special series of vases.
Lamb has an extensive series of Scrap furnishings and objects that began as part of his Poly range of work. Lamb’s reassembled EPS off-cuts from his monolithic carvings provided him with a more experimental outlet within the same body of work. With Marmoreal Scrap Scrap, Max has been equally resourceful in extending both the notion of the Scrap Series and the life of the remaining bits of Marmoreal prototype.
Exclusively available at Artsy
Photo credit – Sasa Stucin