Earthquake 5.9, a Patricia Urquiola’s collection of furnishing items and coverings in marble and onyx

Published on April 24, 2014


The new Earthquake 5.9 collection recalls the Emilia earthquake of May 2012 that affected many businesses in the area, including ours. It’s a collection of furnishing items and coverings in marble and onyx, created using hundreds of fragments of ‘quake-struck’ slabs to create something beautiful, to inject life back into something that had been totally destroyed in the space of a few seconds.

Patricia Urquiola chooses wood for the structure of the stand, a warm and welcoming material, resistant and anti-seismic, as if to safeguard the company and its rich array of stones through a strong and protective shelter. Inside the stand, the Earthquake 5.9 project proceeds into a secret room where fragments of marble ‘rescued’ from the slabs damaged by the earthquake cover an entire wall that Patricia Urquiola transforms into an exclusive artistic inlay with her creative generosity.

Floor & Wall Inlay

Fragments of marble and semi-precious stones deriving from sheets damaged by the earthquake have been used to create the wide artistic inlay work Earthquake 5.9. Precious marbles and onyxes spaced out by tangerine-coloured resin layouts form a large decoration with a lenticular effect. Part of the inlay drifts to the floor, where Kilim inlays merge into the wood.


Modular and compoundable bookcases characterised by the unusual shape of an irregular hexagon, with shelves made out of sloping marble laths, and background in polychrome marbles. Body and shelves of Verde Laguna and background in Noce Canaletto wood.

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Modular and compoundable artistic inlay with a 3D effect, characterized by a geometric graphic fishbone. Made of precious marbles and onyxes such as Onice Pink, Onice Bianco, Onice Nuvolato, Onice Pakistan, Grigio Orobico and Bianco Lasa.

Origami TablesEarthquake-5.9-Patricia-Urquiola-18

As if marble were paper, the collection of living tables is inspired by the ancient Japanese origami: the table top makes a 90° bend becoming the vertical support, in a graphic game of continuity and colour. Table made of Verde Acquamarina and Bianco Lasa.

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Large table whose preciousness is enhanced by a geometric pattern with a lens effect, juxtaposing precious marbles and onyxes to cream-coloured resins. The table top leans onto iron aquamarine green coated foot.

Vases TricotEarthquake-5.9-Patricia-Urquiola-22

Cylindrical bas-relief vases in three different sizes, made of white Carrara or Rosa Portogallo marble, that evoke the many styles of knitting.


Vases and trays in asymmetric shapes and linear layouts of Fior di Pesco, Rosa Portogallo, Bianco Lasa and light Giallo Siena

Patricia Urquiola and Budri


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