The book contains a collection of marble works by Paolo Ulian - from his earliest studies in 1992 to his most recent projects, launched to coincide with the 2011 Milan International Furniture Fair.
The objects that appear in the book are conceived, designed and made of marble. Thanks to a process developed in the late Sixties which enables the work to be semi processed, this inflexible “heavy” material can be used to create a lighter and more flexible formal language. His careful reuse of discarded marble and optimization of production processes reveal Ulian’s design method, both ethical and aesthetic at the same time. There is no waste and every mark and sign can be justified.
Included among the sixteen designs, the “Concentrico” table is made up of square rings obtained from water-jet cut marble slabs, so there is no waste; the “Numerica” bookcase combines units overlapped to form Roman numerals; the “Brecciato” table is a made out of one large single slab broken inside into four fragments that can be recomposed to close the crevice. The book ends with a biography and an essential bibliography of Paolo Ulian. The exhibition “Il marmo tra classicità e contemporaneità. Paolo Ulian”, promoted by Le Fablier, is on display from 11th to 17th April 2011 at the Gallery Il Castello in Milan.
Paolo Ulian was born in 1961 at Massa Carrara, where he lives and works. Between 1990 and 1992 he worked in the studio of Enzo Mari in Milan. Afterwards he and his brother Giuseppe established a design studio in Massa. His works have been exhibited in personal and collective exhibitions all over the world (including the Biennale of Glass in Venice, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of New York and the V&A Museum in London) and have received numerous international awards.
Marco Romanelli (Trieste, 1958) is an architect, designer and critic. For a long time he was president of the Association Jacqueline Vodoz et Bruno Danese, during which he met and worked with Bruno Munari. An editor at Domus from 1986 to 1994 and of Abitare from 1995 to 2007, he has written monographic works on, Gio Ponti, Bruno Munari and Joe Colombo, among others. He has been art director of Oluce since 1995. Romanelli has curated numerous exhibitions and with Marta Laudani has designed for companies such as Arflex, Driade and Fiam.