Increasingly, ornamental stones are present in environments and works of art. Brazil is the country with the greatest diversity of these stones all over the world and its differentiated stones will be exposed in the 41st edition of Vitória Stone Fair, between February 16-19, 2016, in Vitória - ES. The largest fair of ornamental stones of Latin America will also show the trends for 2016, as well as the applicability of the materials and new machinery.
The huge variety of options in Brazil is the result of the unique features of the environment that stones of unique color. Natural stone materials are those with the lowest environmental impact and are very well used to coat environments with great movement of persons and materials due to its long life cycle.
Works of Art
Due to the wide range of colors and exotic models, ornamental stones are true works of art. In Brazil, the ornamental stones illustrate scenarios of great works of cities, such as the `Museu do Amanhã´(Museum of Tomorrow), which opened its doors to the public less than 1 month ago. With 30 thousand square meters area, the complex was signed by architect Santiago Calatrava and has granite from Espírito Santo in its inner and outer floor. The choice of material, which will be exposed in the next edition of Vitória Stone Fair, took place by the properties of the pieces, since the stones already collaborate with the internal temperature of the environment. Other deciding favors were its durability and the production site (radius of up to 800 km from the building site, in order to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases).
The material used was Bege Ipanema, also used to make the massive banks
of the museum´s surroundings, benches and grids for storm water runoff.
The stone chosen by the renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, will be on display at the booth of Cajugram in Vitória Stone Fair, which takes place between February 16-19th, 2016 in Carapina Pavilion.
Another case is the Building Cidade Jardim, in São Paulo, which has in its composition Yellow Bamboo and White Caravelas granites.
Other countries, such as Italy and the United States are adopting the trend of granites and marbles for large residential and commercial projects because of their color, strength and production capacity. One example is Unicredit Tower in Milan, designed by the renowned Argentine architect César Pelli. The work has 16 thousand square meters of granite Verde Savana, extracted in Espírito Santo, which gave its beauty, in addition to an easy installation and resistance to damage.
Verde Savana stone was also applied in Singapore, in the luxury resort Marina Bay Sands, the largest symbol of the place. Boasting the biggest casino in town, a shopping mall, restaurants, nightclubs, the hotel is one of the most expensive in the world and was designed by Israeli architect Moshe Safdie.
Residential projects and Brazilian art pieces use ornamental stones
The stones also compose a range of projects in kitchens, bathrooms, floors, furniture and decorative works for environments. Luiza Telarolli kitchen, created by architect Amanda Abranches, uses Branco Itaúnas stone for kitchen countertops (area that receives constant temperature variation), chosen for its high strength and its visual aspect, since it is a neutral color that blends easily with no coating.
The stones have become prominent elements for architects as Daniela Caser, who often uses the materials in floors, kitchen and bathroom for finishes, countertops, supporting sets, frameworks and tops. The stones are used in various forms and finishes, such as gloss, brushed, differentiated edges and polymers. One example is the black granite Criméria, which is used as basis for a housing project that received the design and movement of the stone because of its value. The Branco Macaúbas stone was used in kitchens because of its clear tone appropriate to the location, while the `bustling´ stone was used on balconies, to match the neutral tones and light furniture of the locations.
Ornamental stones also became inspiration for works of art, such as Hilal Sami Hilal. His project "Pedra Cobre Pedra" is a piece of contemporary art composed of granite and copper, in the shape of books, in order to reflect the passage of knowledge through the ages. The unique sculptures will be on display and for sale at the 41st edition of the Vitória Stone Fair and the money raised will revert to Instituto Ponte. Exclusive and sophisticated furniture created by architect Ronaldo Barbosa for the project "Pedra Brasileira" (Brazilian Stone), are also a different way of application of noble materials such as quartzite, granite, combined with other materials, such as gold, silver and bronze. The development of projects "Pedra Cobre Pedra" and "Pedra Brasileira" are an initiative of Corcovado Brasigran Group.
The aforementioned stones, such as Verde Savana, Itaúnas, Yellow Bamboo, and many others, whether homogeneous / conventional or `bustling´/ exotic, will be exposed at Vitoria Stone Fair.