Honeycombed stone cladding with integrated lighting transforms traditional walls
The first-born Lithos Design collection designed by Raffaello Galiotto, called 'Le Pietre Incise', directly led to the creation of a complete range of natural stone claddings with which the beauty of ‘antique' sculptural work is revived on an industrial scale, by means of automated working methods at the forefront of technology.
Not merely an exercise of style, then; Lithos Design was among the first companies worldwide to show that natural stone can be transfigured to create very marketable, industrial design products. In 2010 some of their elaborate textures, among which is the most successful ‘favo' (honeycomb) model, were presented on curved stone slabs, recalling an arched sheet of paper, and backlit by a low consumption bulb: the ‘Curve Luce' elements enlighten the wall they are part of, thus becoming its very spot lighting.
A brand new technology was involved in production, thanks to the close cooperation between Lithos Design R&D department and their trusted technical partners. Tile sizes and the ‘favo' carving were here re-studied in order to match perfectly with adjoining tiles, considerably broadening creative possibilities for architects and designers. The combination of wide curves, elegant textures and beams of light turn a simple wall into a splendidly emotional design expression.
Lithos Design's favourite comments appearing on architectural magazines and blogs define the product as follows:
"These futuristic tiles bring a contemporary yet earthy aesthetic to any wall" (worldinteriordesignnetwork.com)
"The honeycomb texture is already a spectacular characteristic, and it's multiplied tenfold by the curved tiles [...]" (oamahou.com)
"No matter how you spin or swirl the design, it's elemental - drawing the nature right into your house or office" (3rings.designerpages.com)
"These stone walls are on a whole other level then any stone walls I've ever seen" (shishilifestyles.com)
"These engraved stone walls require few adornments, no art; as they themselves are the art piece and the focal point of your home" (trendir.com)