Marble’s sustainable nature and unique texture makes it indispensable for furniture and design products. When it meets technology, it finds its way into the homes of tomorrow, just as it had in the homes of yesterday. Founded by designers Simone Simonelli, Filippo Protasoni, and Claudio Larcher, Clique Editions merges analogue and digital functionality in sophisticated marble objects created for the smart homes of the future. First debuting at Milan Design Week back in 2014, Clique’s collection of aesthetic, yet ultrasonic object-sculptures aims to combine the sustainability of natural materials with the modern world of electronics. In this article, we’ve touched upon the some of collection’s many design products spanning portable compact kitchens, charging units for common areas, heating systems, and alarm clocks.
Making its debut at Milan Design Week 2014, the work of industrial designer Simone Simonelli combines smart home technology with natural stone. Simonelli’s “Cimmy” is an ultrasonic humidifier that keeps the dry atmosphere in any room moist. Constructed out of cylinders and discs of black and grey/white marble, Cimmy humidifies the air of wherever it is placed thanks to a machine hidden within the marble. “K” by Simonelli is a hightech kitchen featuring a smart induction hob system inlaid into a black marble top. Despite its small size, it works like a simple builtin kitchen.
Designer Flippo Protasoni came up with a collection that unifies marble and various technological tools, and presented it at the Milan Design Week 2014. His designs mostly feature seemingly orthodox furniture (e.g. trays, stools), but that dually serve as charging stations for various electronic devices. Made exclusively out of marble, “Asola” for instance, can be used both as an illuminated LED table lamp, as well as a USB charging station for tablets, smartphones, and the like. Taking on a more traditional look in contrast to Prostanti’s other pieces, “Refill”, a sleek marble tray, works as a wireless charging unit that can be clipped onto the sofas and armchairs any sitting or waiting areas perfect for cafés and reception rooms.
Again, carrying a more classical feel, “Rochetto” is a coffee table-like wired device comprised of a simple foot and slab. Built from marble and fabric, “Coulisse,” a Bluetooth speaker, stands out both because of its adjustable height, and because it can be hung virtually anywhere. A carved marble table and charging unit shaped like a water glass, “Chichera” sits nicely atop night tables and desks alike, and offers an aesthetic solution to the problem of charging smart devices.
Designer and Clique Edition partner Cladua Larcher’s bookcase “Echo,” beyond shelves for books, contains a speaker integrated into marble. Exhibited at Milano Design Week, Larcher created “Heatty” by laser-cutting marble into an elegant, ultra futuristic, eye-catching fan heater that not only heats spaces, but also dries rain-soaked clothes. Larcher is interested in adding a modern look to everyday items through materials that are both sustainable and natural. Reflecting that, “Apollo” offers an aesthetic alternative to devices normally considered displeasing to the eye, such as modems and batteries. “DIN” likewise, is a digital alarm clock that exploits marble’s potential to be transparent.