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During the last edition of Miami Art Week, the Californian designer Kelly Wearstler presented her collaboration with ARCA, specializing in natural stone, pushing back the techniques of marble working. 

© Harper Smith 

A real darling of the West Coast, Kelly Wearstler strikes again with her latest collection. With “Nudo,” the American has disturbed our perception of materiality. Marble, a rigid and architectural stone, takes on the appearance of a soft and sinuous sculpture, inspired by the ancestral art of weaving and the “simple and inherent beauty of interconnected fibers.”

Benches, armchairs, a console, side tables, stools, and a whole series of small pieces, ranging from trays to bowls to vases, are dressed in knotted, rounded, and ribbed forms and in marbles of many colors from Asia and Europe.

© Harper Smith 
© Harper Smith 

“With these creations, I wanted to explore the possibility of creating a true softness through curved forms in the strength of the marble. A nuanced and sensual play of softness and strength. The universal craft of weaving is rooted in ancient cultures across the globe and each NUDO piece pays homage to this history,” says the designer.

Lisa Agostini