La Triennale di Milano
Viale Alemagna, 6
Milan – Italy
Still Motion Milan brochure
Still Motion presented a series of original pieces designed by five international graphic design studios, produced using Portuguese stone.
The projects explores the potential and diversity of Portuguese stone, with a particular focus on its value and aesthetic characteristics of colour and texture, while taking into account its physical and mechanical attributes. It presents the challenge of experimenting with this material and applying it to a project area in which it is rarely used – graphic design. Using a selection of Portuguese marble and limestone, these original pieces originate from an intersection of extremely diverse ideas: ranging from using the stone to create signage panels, using its history as inspiration for the creation of a specific typography, and more ironic and political undertones that permeate into the realm of art.
The designers have appropriated stone-working techniques, both traditional and contemporary, applying them to the specificity of graphic design, including the technique of stone inlaying with high precision waterjet cutting or engraving with laser technology. The finishing applied to the surface of each one of the pieces is equally decisive in the appearance of their materiality, adding different textures, colours, brightness and reflexes.
The first presentation of the 20 original pieces produced took place at the Triennale de Milano, a space that is pivotal to Italian cultural life. A second presentation is scheduled for September, during the London Design Festival.