Calcarenite Series: pieces carved in limestone by Cosma Frascina

Calcarenite Series pieces carved in limestone by Cosma Frascina

Calcarenite Series is a project realized by the Italian designer Cosma Frascina which is strongly linked with the nature, materials and traditions from the Salento region, in southern Italy. Cosma tells us that “The term “Calcareniti of Salento” encompasses all those Plio-Pleistocene calcarenitic sendiments known under the generic and improper name of “tufi”. Usually they are found in the form of calcareniti or bioclastic limestones, medium to fine-grained, colored from light gray to reddish, often porous and rich in microfossils of marine origin”. The Salento area is known from ancient times for the high number of limestone quarries. Cosma identified large quantities of limestone, waste from the old mines and, being fascinated by the beauty of the matter, decided to use it for realizing sculpted pieces. Thus, Calcarenite Series comprises of vases, shelves, modular bowls, benches or lamp stands.

Calcarenite Series  by Cosma Frascina

All pieces are characterized by a high contrast between the external shell and the look of the material after processing. Traditional techniques and tools were used to manufacture each piece: a hammer, a saw, a chisel, a rasp and a lot of patience. The designer presents his project, affirming: “The pieces in the Calcarenite Series collection, with their strong physical and intrinsic fragility, express man’s need for a more meaningful and deep relationship with the Earth and the elements, establishing a tactile bridge towards the past, in a dimension where it becomes useful because it gets present and alive”.

Calcarenite Series pieces carved


Calcarenite Series pieces carved by Cosma Frascina - benches

Calcarenite Series - benches

Calcarenite Series pieces carved in limestone

pieces carved in limestone by Cosma Frascina - lamp stands

lamp stands

vases by Cosma Frascina

vases -  pieces carved in limestone by Cosma Frascina

modular bowls by Cosma Frascina

Calcarenite Series modular bowls

modular bowls limestone by Cosma Frascina

modular bowls

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Architectural Changes That Give a New Identity: Kilham House

Situated on the outskirts of Winchester, England, Kilham house was renovated and architecturally modified by AR Design. If initially, the building seemed beat with...

Texas Modern Ranch with Sophisticated Finishes and a Casual Elegance

The buildings at SK Ranch sit on a broad, curving mesa in the Texas Hill Country. Taking full advantage of the site’s strengths for solar orientation, prevailing breezes, topography and distant vistas, the compound serves as a modern ranch with clean, crisp lines, sophisticated finishes and a casual elegance.

Contemporary Revamp of a Guest House by CLB Architects

CLB Architects has collaborated with one family on a 180-acre Jackson Hole property over a period of twenty-plus years. The breadth of work — five projects in a wildlife-rich riverine ecosystem — depicts the evolution of one couple’s aesthetic

London White Lodge: 1860s Georgian House Remodeled by Studio Octopi

London White Lodge is part of a group of houses along the Upper Richmond Road better known as ‘Captains’ or ‘Nelson Houses’. Built in the 1860s, the name is attributed to the former landowner who developed the land, who married Francis Bolton, daughter of Thomas Nelson, 2nd Earl Nelson and also great niece of Admiral Horatio Nelson.

Horizon House by Matt Fajkus Architecture

Designed by Matt Fajkus Architecture, Horizon House is situated on a large lot in Elgin, Texas. Due to its composition, the public and privates...

Old Chapel in Belgium Transformed into Office Space

'The waterdog' is a state-of-the-art workspace where working almost becomes a spiritual experience. No more dull and unimaginative offices; be inspired by a challenging working environment where past, present and future are inextricably linked.