Some projects require an academic or figurative model, while others are wholly personal creations – the exotic garden, the pages of an unpublished book, the pine cone. The hand of Franco Ghirardi passes from the damp clay to the search for plasticity. Sometimes it comes back to engage with the hardness and severity of stone. This has been the case with the most recent designs, including a silhouette of bushy trees which the sculptor has imagined as two-dimensional lace, or the parallelepipeds that pay homage to the stone carvings in the Camonica Valley.
The sculptures created by Franco Ghirardi seem to be timeless. Unconstrained by styles and fashions, they rest on the solid foundations of manual skill. The knowledge of technique and the experience acquired through contact with stone, granite and marble are transformed into stunning expression through the beauty of the materials themselves.
Emerald Hotel, Kosovo
The Breccia Marina Blu model is an exclusive version from Marmi Ghirardi and is mined from their own quarry. This marble features a grey and maroon background with blue-tinged veins. The eye can feast on a deep, dense background with attractive flecks that fit well in a stylish and contemporary interpretation. The marbling effect is almost picturesque, and can communicate with almost any other material, be it wood, metal or glass.
The rock is classed as metamorphic and is excavated in an area between Brescia and Lake Garda, which has a lithological structure that takes the name Corna and dates back to the Early Jurassic period. Marmi Ghirardi operates in the area with their own quarries, and is committed to an environmental recovery plan.
National Hotels Co. has commissioned the restyling of the Sheraton Hotel Muscat Oman, a project that involved all the public and hospitality areas of the hotel.
Breccia Marina Blue, Breccia Aurora Classica and Bs Beige, some of the most precious natural stones in the world, exclusive to Marmi Ghirardi, were used in the project providing full implementation of the projected concept.
One of the last renovations in the project, which certainly has a great aesthetic impact, is the design negotiation achieved in the Tea Library. The materials used for the Tea Library are the Calacatta Gold, Black Marquina together with Gold Leaf. The stone fabrication was entirely hand-made. The final result is an artistic mosaic with 23×23 mm tesserae, with application of Gold Leaf on a netted matrix.
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