ECAL/Pétrifications
2012
Serpentine marble, White marble, Ruoms Limstone, Volcanic rock, Burgundy limestone
The objects come in different sizes
Manufactured by Marbrerie Gros-Dérudet
Photos Marie-Pierre Cravedi

«Pétrifications» is a project which has been on my mind for some years and which allows me to reconcile my interest in design with the one for literature I had the opportunity to develop while studying it at university. It was inspired by my own experience as a reader who, when interrupted in his reading, too often left his book opened at the page he was reading, on a table or on the floor. It is a collection of five triangular geometrical forms of several different dimensions, made of various kinds of stones, and destined to be used as bookmarks for various types of books, magazines and newspapers.
The choice of this material was first prompted to me by a will to echo the «marbled paper» used for the covers of old books in traditional bookbinding. It then also originates from a wish to divert this material, which is too often limited to tombstones, from its common use; to give back its nobleness to marble - that used to be the stone temples and palaces were made of - and to usher it into our homes through the front door.

Pétrifications was a part of the new Vitra Home Collection showed at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan/Italy, April 2013, and is a part of the permanent exhibition at the Vitra House in Weil am Rhein/Germany.