Authentic natural stones are the link between architecture and nature

The Authentic Natural Stone network brings together companies that extract and process stones in Italy and was created to carry out a work of cultural dissemination and information. Under the motto of: "No fakes" and with the words of exceptional testimonials, they tell the value of natural stones and the reasons for choosing them without hesitation. Not only for architecture, a world of which stone is the master. But also in interior and product design.

Marble, botticino, limestone are much more than materials of choice for designers. They are the pretext for imagining a building that survives time, which becomes memory and testimony of beauty. These are the subjects around which culture was born, the architectural vocabulary of many countries, not just Italy. But in Italy, history itself is engraved in stone blocks and the voice of the roots and of a modus operandi that is unique in the world remains after centuries.

To defend and promote the qualities of natural stones, the PNA network asked the opinion of important signatories of the Italian project who testify to their preference for authentic stones, with an eye to the continuity between territory, landscape and the choice of raw materials. locals.

But it is also necessary to talk about historic buildings, such as the Milan Cathedral and its Candoglia marble, a pink stone that reflects light in a unique way. And also remember the presence of stone in the most modern buildings. The Palazzo della Triennale, designed by Pietro Muzio in 1933, in which botticino, marble and bricks create a rare aesthetic balance both on the facade and in the interior.

Stone has a soul, which is why it is important to choose it. When we use stones we feel in a deep contact with nature."

The central role of stones is in the possibility of working with living nature. A quality that makes every surface unique and stimulates careful research. "This is what I seek to give uniqueness to each project", explains Antonio Iraci, who is the author of a Palermo architecture in which the Billiemi stone is the protagonist. After all, good design avoids imitation, visual manipulation or camouflage. It is a question of order and the intelligent use of materials. A use that needs knowledge: this is the most important role of the PNA network. Guiding professionals in choices and discovery. Because nature is never simple or obvious, nor predictable.

"Stone has a soul, which is why it is important for us to choose it" says Setsu Ito, a Japanese architect and designer and a great connoisseur of materials. “When we use stones we feel in a deep contact with nature”. And on this relationship, made of respect and patience, a project such as the Elic table is born, a true tribute to the qualities of Carrara marble. A light and dynamic shape that seems to defy the rigor of the stone. And at the same time it enhances the designs and the material grace. It is not easy to create a 20 mm marble slab that manages to speak of strength and lightness at the same time. The dialogue with the excavators and transformers, who know and love stones, allows a truly creative use of stones.

Finally, the word to Marco Piva, who entrusts the hope of seeing his work projected into the distant future to authentic stone. "When I had the opportunity to express my personality in projects, I chose stone because it is archetypal, it is architecture". Marco Piva has often worked on projects for large hotels, architectures that contain a narrative of luxury and grandeur. Nothing like natural stone can give these qualities to a building or interior. “It's the magic of color. The infinite imagination of nature manages to make each of my designs unique ", concludes the architect.