Extracting giant marble blocks from a quarry is amazing and beautiful

This beautiful video is an excerpt from Yuri Ancarani's documentary Il Capo. It shows the boss of the most famous marble quarry in the world—in Carrara, Italy—at work. Watching him guide his men extract giant chunks of marble with simple hand movements, is simply amazing. » 10/24/14 12:15am 10/24/14 12:15am

Watch a Man Direct Marble Quarry Excavators With Subtle Hand Gestures

At the Monte Bettolgi quarry in the northern Italian alps, industrial excavators crack massive blocks of marble out of the mountain. The sheer scale of the operation is impressive; even more so considering that one shirtless man orchestrates their movement with super simple hand gestures (minus a few fingertips). » 10/14/14 5:15pm 10/14/14 5:15pm

Appliances Chiseled From Marble Are Surprisingly Elegant

Marble isn't the first material you think of when it comes to home appliances. But the Milan-based design house Clique, which presented their its collection at its hometown's design week last month, have turned the staid material into something surprisingly pleasant. Take the Cimmy ultrasonic humidifier—it uses… » 5/05/14 5:20pm 5/05/14 5:20pm

You'd Never Guess These Shelves Are Made From Earthquake Rubble

Mother Nature is lovely, but relentless; more and more, it seems like recovery-mode is standard operating procedure for large swathes of the world. On a small scale, some designers are finding ways to give new life to the damage left behind by natural disasters. Following a 5.9 earthquake that shook northern Italy in… » 1/13/14 1:40pm 1/13/14 1:40pm