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Marble Stealth Table

Enrico Marone Cinzano continues to lead in furniture design innovation through the use of repurposed materials.



From the Designer:

"I continue to explore the connection between Nature, sustainability, and technology through my new project Stealth. The process began by creating a shape that could be replicated in different versions by means of making products which exist in different time periods. The first is a small coffee table crafted by hand entirely in locally recovered wood, utilizing age old Piemontese techniques in terms of joinery, without the use of anything that could be deemed toxic to the environment. Interestingly, this table could have been made 500 years ago, as everything about it is local to the Torino area and natural. I then expanded the concept with a larger version of the same shape, by making a coffee table in recycled aluminum that is treated to withstand scratches and topped with a marble called Zebrino, carved in Tuscany and coming from a batch of leftover materials. This latter product is very contemporary, both in terms of design but also in terms of bearing in mind the production of something which is sustainable in its processes. This completes my first presentation on the Project Stealth: next I will present a for a futuristic interpretation made exclusively for Rossana Orlandi, to be presented in Fall 2017, which will include the latest technologies to show the proper evolvement that all products should have."-- Enrico Marone Cinzano

• Measurments, in CM: W 220 X H 41 X D 113 - Recycled aluminium
• Recovered Zebrino marble
• Powder-coated
• Weight: 95 KG
• Production Year: 2016

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Apple Devises Automated Method for Recycling Your Old Iphone

Apple have led the industry when it comes to thought about how things are put together, they continue to innovate in the fields of process design, materials development and manufacturing.  Their continued mission of sustainability from packaging to shipping has been in place for quite a while, and Apple has now underlined the importance of corporate responsibility with (what is frankly a win-win) by their practice of harvesting various metals and materials from your old devise when it has reached the end of it's life.  Reports have estimated that the tech giant have collected nearly $40M in gold (a little over 1 ton by current market values) from all the various cameras, chips, circuit boards and sensors found in every iPhone.

Cult of Mac ran the figures quoted by Apple through last Friday's metal prices, and came up with individual figures for copper ($6.4 million), aluminum ($3.2 million), silver ($1.6 million), nickel ($160,426), zinc ($109,503), and lead ($33,999).

Garage Gorky Park by OMA / Rem Koolhaas

Garage Gorky Park, set to open Friday, June 12, is a result of a renovation of the abandoned 60's restaurant Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year).  The concrete pavilion had laid dormant for over 20 years. Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his team at OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) repurposed the 5,400m2 (55,000 sf) structure, creating exhibition galleries on two levels, a children's art center, shop, café, auditorium and staff offices. The design preserves original Soviet-era artifacts and elements (certainly a nod to adaptive reuse and sustainability) - including a large mosaic, original tiles and brick.  

The clever double-layer polycarbonate outer skin acts as a light filter with the 'party piece' being a pair of enormous vertically movable panels on either side of the building.

About the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Founded in 2008 by Dasha Zhukova, the institution is a place for people, art, and ideas to create history.

Through an extensive program of exhibitions, events, education, research, and publishing, the institution reflects on current developments in Russian and international culture, creating opportunities for public dialogue, as well as the production of new work and ideas in Moscow. At the center of all these activities is the Museum’s collection, which is the first archive in the country related to the development of Russian contemporary art from the 1950s through the present.

Garage Exhibitions spark engagement with art and culture while exploring issues of local and global relevance; Garage Education draws audiences of all ages through pioneering programs for both families and professionals; Garage Publishing makes major cultural texts available in Russian for the first time and innovates new publications related to Garage Archive, Exhibitions, and other activities; Garage Field Research invites practitioners to develop fresh perspectives on Russian art and culture; Garage Grants program supports young Russian artists and spearheads a range of activities that incorporate Russian artists into the global art community — all of which contribute to the Museum’s role as a multifaceted hub for arts and culture.

Garage is a non-profit project of The IRIS Foundation.-- ©2015 GMoCA

Photo Credits: 1-3, Vladimir Filonov / 4-6, OMA / 7-8, Nikolay Zverkov

Sustainable Sculpture: Enrico Marone Cinzano

Sustainability, honesty and purity are the core elements of the forward looking creations of Enrico Marone-Cinzano.  Created with up-cycled lumber from dismantled chalets around the Piemonte region of northern Italy, these pieces are deceptively sturdy and purposeful everyday sculptures for modern living.  Furniture and lighting alike are often framed with blackened industrial steel that has been discarded and repurposed.  The Swiss Pine (Pinus Cembra) is known to be rot and insect resistant, given its former life as part of chalet structures in many cases dating back to the 1700's.  The wood is finished with old-world techniques and non-toxic materials in keeping with the holistic and sustainable ethos that EMC stands for.  These and many other manufactured and bespoke pieces are available by request.

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Images ©Enrico Marone-Cinzano