Marbles Inspired by the Marine World. Patricia Urquiola for Budri

24 April 2018

Marbles Inspired by the Marine World. Patricia Urquiola for Budri

Stones and resins, transparencies and intense colours for the new Agua Collection The Agua Collection designed by Patricia Urquiola for Budri is inspired by the marine world, the precious nature of water, and its uniquely lovely and transparent colours. The beauty of the finest marbles and onyxes, the central materials in this collection, has many affinities with that of water. Patricia Urquiola and Alessandra Budri tell about this new collection. Marble is pictorial, requires no introduction and is supreme in its natural beauty: a watercolour with shades of green, pink and blue expressed in an unusually limpid form through the combination with resins in bright hues. In this apparently rigid material, sinuous, wave-like lines leave eroded patterns on the shore.

The Agua collection consists of three lines of furniture and ornaments. Marea includes a dining table, a console table and two coffee tables. It is an exercise in the use of colour, in shades of greens and pinks, a selection of amazing stones from different parts of the world, combined to evoke the different depths of the sea. The coffee tables, in two colour shades, have a monolithic leg connected to the circular top by a seamless graphic motif. The console table features the same sort of graphic motif and is available in shades which run into pink. Orilla - ʻshoreʼ in Spanish - is inspired by the transparent green of the sea's waters near the shore and includes a dining table, a console table and three vases. The table, available in a limited edition due to the precious white Iranian onyx used, features unexpected transparent coloured sections, creating fine effects with the natural cloudiness of the white onyx. The table’s top and base seem to form a single piece, standing out in the blue space surrounding it. Two vases are made up of Iranian white onyx and Cipollino green marble, with a sharp contrast between the solid, severe stone base and the fluorescent shades of the clear sections. The third piece, Piedras, made up of composite marble, contains gemstone fragments. Last but not least, Algas is an astonishing hexagonal vase which evokes the sinuous, fluctuating strands of seaweeds. It features a marble inlay in delicate shades, in contrast with unexpected clear sections. The Algas texture, in blue and green onyxes and marbles, recurs as the decorative background of the Marea table.

The Agua collection is a world awaiting exploration, where precious materials create an exquisite dialogue with the attentive observer.