shiro studio: marble lunar crater trays shiro studio: marble lunar crater trays
oct 17, 2011

shiro studio: marble lunar crater trays

‘mare tranquillitatis’ by shiro studio

lunar craters are almost two billion years old, and today, we can observe them unchanged since their formation. these craters show the physical impact over an undisturbed terrain by revealing the presence of concave depressions, left by the collision of an object against the silent lunar surface. london-based shiro studio has developed a series of marble trays, ‘mare tranquilitatis’, conceived by applying the lunar craters analogy, where every intersecting concavity is metaphorically carved by the mass and weight of the resting objects. the diversity of depths for each concavity generates different diameters, allowing a variety of different objects to comfortably rest on the tray. the fine ribbed texture reveals the industrial milling process and it has been deliberately left visible to declare its contemporary machined genesis. each individual tray measures 350 x 350 x 55 mm and is made of white carrara c marble, manufactured in italy.

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front view of the tray

detail of the tray

detail revealing the milled texture

top view

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