“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free” ― Michelangelo



“The greatest artist does not have any concept. Which a single piece of marble does not itself contain. Within its excess, though only. A hand that obeys the intellect can discover it.” ― Michelangelo Buonarroti, I Sonetti Di Michelangelo: The 78 Sonnets of Michelangelo with Verse Translation.

Serving platter

Serving platter designed by Urban Soul Project / usp.gr
Iroko wood, Volakas white marble, pure copper © Urban Soul Project.

This is the first object designed and constructed by Urban Soul Project. The design and construction of it coincided with the launch of the office’s new corporate identity, created by Dimitris Papazoglou​. The limited edition object, which can be used as a serving board, uses geometrical elements from the new logo. It is a wooden board with a round, copper coated hole, which can be used as a handle or a hanger, and a round surface of volax marble, on which fluid foods can be served.

Senior Designer at Kallimarmaron Bolari

Marble Quarrying and Manufacturing / kallimarmaro.gr
Kallimarmaron Bolari. Industrial Area of Lakomma Chalkidiki, Greece.

Firmly believing that dealing with natural stone can be either viewed simply as a craft or present opportunities for the creation of works of art, Kallimarmaron Bolari is in the process of transferring its knowledge of secrets and high level know-how onto the next generation, the third in line. Importing raw materials from all over the world and Greece, as well as mining from its own two quarries of Terra Coral in Chalkidiki, Greece, Kallimarmaron is fully vertically integrated, meeting all present day requirements. Chrysavgi, having acquired business and design degrees, has been working full time in the family business as a senior designer operating the CNC, but also as assistant manager for marketing and sales. “Starting my official professional career in the company’s production department has been a very conscious decision since I consider it to be its core.” says Chrysavgi Bolari.

What is the most difficult thing about working with marble?

The first thing I would say is the variation; both between different types of marble but most importantly within a single type of marble. There is nothing “standard” about natural stone overall. The second thing would be the very nature of the job: you’re dealing with very big, very heavy pieces which at the same time require very careful, delicate handling. This makes the whole process time consuming and even arduous. Both these difficulties require a high level of know-how in order to fully harness its natural beauty. Lastly, as with any profession, proper communication with the non professionals; it takes a lot of experience and technical knowledge for one to be able to understand and appreciate the level of difficulty for a given piece of marble. These divergent perceptions can lead to issues concerning expectations about time and price.

How important is artisan craftsmanship versus technological prowess in your field? Which is more important?

In today’s world of natural stone, technology and craftsmanship go side by side. Companies need modern machinery to be efficient and competitive. At the same time, even the most advanced machines can be of little use if the people operating them don’t have a deep knowledge and understanding of this complex material.

Marble Quarrying and Manufacturing / kallimarmaro.gr
Kallimarmaron Bolari. Industrial Area of Lakomma Chalkidiki, Greece.

Chrysavgi Bolari says “Through the years I realized that marble has a certain depth to it—if you look at it the right way, you can glimpse at all the hundreds and thousands of centuries that were imprinted in its formation.”

What materials are best paired with natural stone?

To me natural stone is a versatile material, given that it has so many color variations, veins and finishes. Depending on the final result one wishes to achieve, it can be paired with just about anything. Personally I like to see it next to wood and metal but my favorite one is smooth or shiny marble combined with raw and rough stone –the contrast of textures is very intriguing to the eye-. Another very interesting combination is to have the same natural stone but with different finishes. This creates a play between different shades of the same material and different textures.

What new products or innovations are you planning to introduce in the future?

During the time I was studying in London I witnessed first handed how amazed and appreciative people were of anything that had to do with marble. It is associated with the beauty of nature, luxury and exclusivity. Kallimarmaron’s goal is to cover all needs regarding natural stone, both for construction as well as an excellent material for works of art: We are in the process of designing a line of various marble decorative objects that will be easily accessible to customers and natural stone lovers.

Michelangelo: The Graphic Work

Michelangelo: The Graphic Work © TASCHEN.

Very few artists can claim such lasting and worldwide fame and importance as Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564). The nickname il divino (“the divine one”) has been applied to him since the 1530s right through to today: his achievements as a sculptor, painter, and architect remain unparalleled and his creations are among the best-known artworks in the world. This Bibliotheca Universalis edition is devoted to the artist’s graphic work, a testimony to his masterly command of line, form, and detail, from architectural studies to anatomically perfect figures. The book brings together some of the artist’s finest drawings from museums and collections around the world as well as some of his own notes and revisions, offering stunning proximity not only to the ambition and scope of Michelangelo’s practice but also his working process. A chapter with a compilation of newly attributed and reattributed drawings provides further insights into Michelangelo’s varied graphic œuvre and the ongoing exploration of his genius.

Marblelous Collection

Marblelous Collection designed by Aparentment / aparentment.com
Wine holder, 9 x 13 x 9cm, Carrara marble © Aparentment.

“Not all the wines are the same, so not all the holders should be the same. An elegant way to present that special wine that is waiting to be opened while the time the toast arrives. An additional advantage is that the piece of Carrara marble can transfer coldness to the bottle. You can have it in the freezer so that once exposed keep the wine cold.”

Aparentment (Aparently) is the brand of Josep Vila Capdevila, a designer devoted to industrial, graphic and interior design as well as photography. With Marblelous collection Josep Vila is playing with metaphor and contradiction, he creates a bridge from the earthly to the fantasy. It is able to surprise and spark the imagination through beautiful elements. Simple designs made with lovely quality materials to recreate your own wonderland.

The Foodie Anarchist

Dimitris Koparanis, The Foodie Anarchist / thefoodieanarchist.wordpress.com

Dimitris Koparanis says “Nowadays, food is much more than it used to be 10 years ago. We eat according to what we are or what we want to be. Food is a status symbol and a political decision. It is also a product that fulfils needs and follows trends. Every dish served in a restaurant is a part of the contemporary pop culture.”

Blogger since 2007, food editor since 2008, chef since 2011. His cooking style formed through tasting, studying and developing recipes. Dimitris Koparanis likes pure tastes, rough and raw ingredients, cooking beyond the recipes. Olive oil, legumes, foraged greens and humour are his top loved ingredients. Dimitris Koparanis is the creative mind at Estrella Thessaloniki. He works as a food editor and create food related media content.