Lapitec chooses the two design projects resulting from a partnership with the Ferrara University’s faculty of Architecture

Onda and Quinto Elemento are the names of the two projects done by university students who were given the possibility to get to know Lapitec in depth during the academic year. They are two creative interpretations of the full body sintered stone’s potential, applied to the worlds of design, furnishing and urban design. 

For Onda the students of Ferrara have looked to the East, namely to Japan, in search of a creative synergy between the Japanese artistic tradition and the ancient skill of working with Carrara marble. This approach gave birth to a table that revolutionises the concept of the plane, as it breaks up the top’s linearity, creating sinuous waves. The effect creates an impact because it combines dynamism and aesthetic purity, formal simplicity and structural complexity.

Quinto Elemento, on the other hand, is an outdoor application of Lapitec, also conceived by future architects studying in Ferrara. It is a structure that can accommodate flowerpots, but which can also serve as outdoor furnishing. The sintered stone slabs are modular and fit together in a comb structure. When combined with all the others, the shape of each slab creates a wall with a soft form and a very suggestive natural and “alive” effect.   

“The work carried out together with the University”, comments Gino Sartor, Lapitec’s marketing manager, “was very stimulating because it allowed the students to get to know an innovative material and to take on the processes of creating a prototype. In fact, today it is increasingly essential for an architect or designer to have a clear idea of the material's potential and distinctive features. For our part, it was a time of great creative enrichment that has certainly become a part of the company’s professional wealth.”  

Credits:
Gian Luca Micheli, Maria Vittoria Modugno, Prof. Raffaello Galiotto - Onda
Benedetta Giancristofaro, Damiano Sommacal, Prof. Raffaello Galiotto – Quinto elemento