Ghostly vein-like patterns run through ocean-green rock in Lithuanian designer Evelina Kudabaitė’s ‘Marbellous, luxury waste’ collection. Devised from metamorphic Serpentinite rock, also known as ‘green marble’, the material gets its swirling structure from Serpentine minerals – iron, aluminium, nickel, zinc, and silicate of magnesium – which have crystalised by the heat and pressure of metamorphism.
Kudabaitė’s project explores how marble and Serpentine rock – a luxury item and a sign of wealth – can be recycled into a product which still carries its history and materiality. Her collection of dark green objects includes items for storing magazines and books and is constructed from cutting into recycled green marble flooring from a renovated bank in Kaunas, Lithuania. The fragile and rugged lines within her pieces form the most expressive part of the collection, which contrast with the galvanized steel plates surrounding the stone.
In her design practice, Kudabaitė has an interest in how hidden narratives in an object carry memories, knowledge and motions in its materiality. Her rugged ‘Marbellous’ project highlights the history of the stone: its journey as a raw material into a product and its renovation into a recycled interior design product. “When designing something, I want to tell a story, to create a reaction of wonder and curiosity in the people who are going to interact with the object,” says Kudabaitė.