Patricia Urquiola

Designer for Budri

May 2016
The ancient revolution in the history of writing is based on the concept of papyrus, as it was foldable, light, and easy to transport. The Papiro Collection by Budri was presented during the Fuorisalone in Milan for the first time.
Designed by Patricia Urquiola, it explores the concept of lightness in marble, interpreting spaces and changing volumes. The project has applied the company’s working expertise in regard to marble craftsmanship. There has been much attention given to “the expressive power of a set-up that enhances the richness of the design project”, says the designer, “and also the quality of the product in connection with the processing skills of the company.”
The design process was accomplished through a collaboration of four-hands: those of the company and the designer, interpreting the lightness of wallpaper as applied to marble, in order to realise Papiro, a collection of inlays only 0.8 millimetres thick. “The project has marked an evolution in marble processing, with inlayed surfaces of polychromatic stone. The traditional workmanship brings out the colours and enhances its typical qualities. A series of alternating graphic patterns that unfold down to the ground.” Marble inlays of Bianco Sivec, Bardiglio, Bianco Carrara, Rosa Portogallo, and salmon pink unwind like a second skin supported by Chilean pine. There are five patterns available in the Papiro Collection: Amélie, Ballon, Biscuit, Bonbon, and Cône.