Stone Discoveries: Bianco Avorio, Grigio Alpi, and Grigio Argento

Owing to its refined aesthetic, and warm, neutral colors, Grassi Pietre stones, namely Bianco Avorio, Grigio Alpi, and Grigio Argento, are particularly suitable for both classical and modern applications. A typical characteristic of the stones is their tendency to grow harder with time, owing to their calcareous structure. This makes them suitable for large external surfaces.












Bianco Avorio is characterized by its light ivory color. It is the result of the sedimentation of innumerable minute fossils, which create its thin, flowery texture through the presence of fossil algae. It is a popular stone for classical sculpture, and suitable for exterior and interior cladding, floors, staircases, and every other building component imaginable.









Grigio Argento is a modern material characterized by its typical grey color. Its unique texture is characterized by the presence of macrofossils in a grey sand matrix.










Similarly, Grigio Alpi, a light grey stone, is characterized by the presence of the same fossil content, and has had a recent resurgence in popularity in modern art and architecture.










A wide variety of effects can be achieved through hand finishing, and it is through this process that the striking aesthetic qualities of the material are realized. In a rigato, or strirated, finish, the materials convey a natural rustic hardiness which make them suitable for an infinitude of exterior applications. In a levigato, or honed, or spazzolato, or brushed, finish, the aesthetic properties of the stones’ fossil content are highlighted.

The material was used extensively by the Venetian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, namely in his “Villas of the Veneto,” designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

The Grassi family started working in these quarries in 1850 and is still based in its historical headquarters in Nanto (Vicenza). Grassi Pietre’s close proximity to the quarries on the Berici Hills allows them to produce considerable amounts of material while maintaining constant supervision over quarrying activity. The company can check and select various stratifications in accordance with the requirements of a given order.

2016 Carrara Residency Party Retrospective

For the past 6 years, ABC Stone, in cooperation with New York Academy of Art, has sponsored a stone sculpting Artist Residency in Carrara, Italy, as part of its ongoing commitment to promoting the use of stone in artistic practice. Based at Corsanini Studios, located at the foothills of Apuan Alps, the Carrara Residency exposes students to the global art world, helps them cultivate lifelong relationships, and hone their craft in an immersive environment.

To honor the sculptures produced by the recipients of the 2016 Artist Residency in Carrara, New York Academy of Art students, Jiannan Wu and Brice Esso, ABC Stone held a celebration in its colorful Brooklyn warehouse.

As aerial acrobats entertained guests with their graceful maneuvers overhead, below were enjoyed dozens of new sculptures, from the hyperrealist sculptor Robin Antar, Stephen Shaheen, Barbara Segal, Alasdair Thomson, Michael Kukla, and Barry X Ball among others.

Brice Esso is a perfect example of a contemporary Renaissance Man. Born in Cote d’Ivoire in 1991, his childhood was filled with experiences that helped shape his sensibility for art and culture. Although his family had different expectations for him, he decided to travel abroad to pursue his college degree in America. While completing a Bachelor’s degree in business, Brice reconnected with his passion for visual arts. It is at New York Academy of Art that Brice continues to develop his skills as a sculptor.

Jiannan Wu is celebrated as a young artist specializing in sculpture and drawing. Born in 1990 in Dalian, China, Jiannan started to learn painting and drawing at the age of seven. From 2009 to 2014 he studied sculpture at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, and graduated with a BFA. He works in both sculpture and drawing, and is interested in the relationship between image and sculpture. In his creative approach, he uses the combination of two-dimensional images and three-dimensional sculptures—the perspective effect of pictures is utilized in his sculptures.

ABC is honored to have had the opportunity to further the education of these promising young artists. It is our belief that deepening the awareness of stone commensurately widens respect for this venerable medium and millennia-old tradition of transforming it through highly skilled craft.

Entertainment provided: Adair Moran Aerialists

Lighting: Ken Farmer & Kyle Garner of Wild Dogs International

Music provided: DJ Leecy T

Photography: Elliot Goldstein

Culinary delights: Halcyon Gourmet

Photobooth fun: Mashbooths

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Paul Revere Williams Becomes First Black Architect to Receive AIA Gold Medal (from Dezeen)

The American Institute of Architects has this year bestowed its highest honour on the late Paul Revere Williams, who is the first African American to receive the award.

Williams, who was born in California in 1894 and died in 1980, was also the first black architect to become a member of the AIA in 1923 and the first to be elected a fellow of the organisation in 1957.

Among the 3,000 buildings he designed during his five-decade career are the Palm Springs Tennis Center, created with A Quincy Jones; the Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with William Pereira, Charles Luckman and Welton Becket; and private residences for entertainers like Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Lon Chaney, Frank Sinatra and Barron Hilton. View this article at DEZEEN.


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LUXE Magazine and ABC Stone Celebrate Design in Brooklyn!

Known for its artistic and cultural diversity, Brooklyn has become a mecca for design of all types. From interiors and textiles, to jewelry and fashion, the borough brims with innovative and visionary professionals and we were thrilled to partner with our friends at LUXE to celebrate this inspirational community. On Wednesday, July 13th the who’s who of Brooklyn Design gathered at the ABC showroom. It was a truly beautiful evening. Check out the scene below.

ICFF NYC 2016: What’s New and What’s Next

ICFFICFF NYC 2016, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, centerpiece of NYCxDESIGN/Design Week, New York City’s official citywide celebration of design, took place from May 14th to the 17th, at the Javits Center in Hell’s Kitchen. This year the fair was attended by 33,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, distributors, facility managers, developers, manufacturers, store designers, and visual merchandisers. ICFF has, in its nearly thirty years of existence, come to be renowned the world over as a spectacular presentation of high-end design, as well as a showcase for emerging voices in the A+D world.

For this year, the ICFF exhibition floor was expanded by 30%, from 2015, and the Fair featured exhibitions of over 150 new brands on two floors and over 165,000 net square feet. In addition to which there were panel discussions, including Design Trends: A Multi-Perspective View of the Year Ahead, moderated by Bill Indursky, founder of Design Life Network; and the prestigious ICFF Editors Awards, awarded to the best of the year’s design in 11 categories by a panel of judges which this year included Spencer Bailey of Surface Magazine, David Dick-Agnew of Azure, Amanda Dameron of Dwell, Annie Block of Interior Design, and Paul Makovsky of Metropolis.





See some of our favorite moments from the show:

Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2015

Whether you’re an industry professional or a design enthusiast looking for inspiration, the Architectural Digest Home Design Show— a four-day event featuring the best in home design from more than 400 brands— always has something amazing for you to see, learn, or even taste. Now in it’s 14th year, this experience in design is a wonderful world of inspiration. Here are some of our favorite moments from the show…