Architecture and Design meet Natural Stone at Marmomac

Marmomac is the world's leading trade fair in the natural stone sector, boasting a very high level of internationality. It is a landmark for all professionals in the construction and contract sector, as well as for designers, architects and decision makers looking for the best products and the most innovative technical and design solutions in an increasingly dynamic market.

After the stop imposed by the pandemic in 2020, Marmomac was attended again in person last year and attracted more than 30,000 qualified operators (48% international) from 120 countries, with 756 exhibitors (43.5% international) from 39 countries.

With less than three months to go to the ribbon cutting ceremony for the 2022 edition, Marmomac's marked internationality is confirmed again by attendance from important countries, including India, South Korea, Japan, USA, Brazil, Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt.

The Plus Theatre will be the beating heart of culture and training set up inside Hall 10. During Marmomac, this area will be animated by talks, lectures and workshops focusing on natural stone. It will also be home to the VIP lounge, the restaurant, the wine bar and five cultural exhibitions outlining natural stone and its applications through an approach ideally inter-connecting the entire production cycle, from the block to the end product. Design and architecture, art and university experimentation, as well as the involvement of important furniture brands: the central theme is a varied yet harmonious interpretation of how natural stone lends itself to more or less complex applications in various sectors and the future developments likely to emerge in this sector.

Close collaboration continues with ADI (Industrial Design Association) whereby the Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige delegation will organize Etica-Litica:  a challenge for companies to create prototypes from a single slab, including recycled materials, combining the creativity of industrial design with issues such as sustainability, mass production, ease of transport and easy installation. Brand&Stone curated by DDM returns to investigate and promote the use of natural stone in collections by major international design brands.  On the other hand, the Marmomac Meets Academies event for universities invites architecture and design students to analyse the relationship between natural stone materials and the rural and urban landscape; the focus in 2022 is on street furniture, curated by Giuseppe Fallacara and Domenico Potenza. Finally, the Visionary Stone exhibition curated by Raffaello Galiotto seeks to promote the development of experimental works of art in natural stone processed thanks to computer numerical technology.

Analysis in the field of architecture is entrusted to the scientific committee of Platform Architecture & Design which, together with Marmomac, sets up Stoneland - a photographic exhibition of projects typifying the use of natural stone developed by 16 important international architectural firms also attending the trade fair to illustrate their work during scheduled meetings.

Marmomac training events also involves an impressive programme with more than 40 meetings dealing with design and architecture topics targeting sector professionals by also including AIA and RIBA permanent training credits.

Marmomac is scheduled 27-30 September in Verona.

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