Piero Gilardi

Limited Edition 1 / 500

“Not a rock or a natural stony ground anymore, but a block already contaminated by man’s hand, who started to polish the shining material. To the observing eye it has an enormous weight… but when touched it has a light and elastic mass. It provides a threedimensional trompe-l’oeil effect, meant to induce a playful experience even in the space of domestic everyday life”. 

cit. Piero Gilardi

To make it look like rock,
the polyurethane block
is entirely rough-hewed by hand;
this is why every Massolo is a unique piece

In this way the author personally describes Massolo, which can at first sight look like a heavy block of porphyry, etched and polished on the surface - an immovable boulder that, thanks to the polyurethane it is made of, loses weight and can be moved with ease. It is another design paradox of Gufram’s, that suggests a playful object capable of dematerializing a heavy volume into an original story. An amusing visual and tactile snare for the guests, which can be used as a coffee-table, a seat with character, or displayed as a multiple piece of art by one of the most original Italian artists.

1968 by TOILETPAPER, Deste Foundation - 2013

The Rock Forniture - Castello di Rivoli, Turin - 2002

From Gufram Multipli Catalogue - Galleria TOT - 1984

Schaudepot - Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein - 2016

Tea table of soft polyurethane, finished and decorated by hand with Guflac®.