Client: CTAP / IdiSpaces
Design: Cristina Borràs
Development: Cristina Borràs and I-Mas team.
Thalassa is a furniture, fountains and mosaics collection aimed to spas and wellness centres and made with different types of stone and marble. The smooth polished aesthetic of the top surface marble is contrasted by angular forms that reflect the raw nature of marble from the quarry.
The client, a technology centre specialised in stone manufacturing processes which, at the same time supported local stone manufacturers, wanted to expand their market in Europe by creating a whole new concept based on natural stone products in order to distinguish themselves from their direct competitors.
Design & Manufacturing
A 40 piece furniture, fountains and mosaics collection inspired by the traditional gardens and cherry blossoms native to Japan. The aim was to create a set of products that would inspire a sense of serenity and well-being to users. An aspect that was taken into consideration from a design standpoint was the heavy presence that a big object such as a chaise lounge produced with stone may have. To minimise this, every product was created with the repetition of one part that was designed to leave an empty space between parts in order to create a sense of lightness. Moreover, this also helped to the manufacturing and installation processes since the production of big stone parts would have been extremely costly for the customer.
Furthermore, it was required that the stone was to be heated for the seated products. A custom designed modular heating element was developed to be enclosed into each marble section.
The design was translated from concept to prototype very quickly as we developed it side by side with the final manufacturers which allowed the design to be improved through iteration.
The solution for the final outcome came from the manufacturing processes themselves, how stone was processed in the factories. Building small modules allowed us to test and iterate the system efficiently until we arrived at the desired solution. This efficiency was maintained in production through the entire collection with a modular design.