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Marble

OTO marble lights are exclusively made of Naxian Crystallina.

 

All the selected pieces have an aggregation of Amphibolites (Black Veins) in the marble. This combination of marble and amphibolites makes each piece unique and unrepeatable, just as it is impossible to find in nature two stones that are the same.

 

Naxian marble is called “Crystallina” because of its transparency and ability to reflect the light. This ability is a result of the quartz it contains.

 

Ancient Greeks noted the transparency of Naxian marble and used it for the ceiling of their temples since the 6th century BC. Thin roof tiles of Naxian marble let the sunlight through, offering a natural illumination to the temples’ interiors.

 

According to Pausanias:

…it was invented by a Naxian named Vizis, it is told that his statues are in Naxos and have the inscription “Eurgos the Naxian commissioned me / to the offspring of Lito / the son of the renowned Vizis / who was the first to create roof tiles made of marble”…

Pausanias, Iliaka V.10.3

τὸ δὲ εὕρημα ἀνδρὸς Ναξίου λέγουσιν εἶναι Βύζου, οὗ φασιν ἐν Νάξῳ τὰ ἀγάλματα ἐφ’ ὧν ἐπίγραμμα εἶναι Νάξιος Εὔεργός με γένει Λητοῦς πόρε, Βύζεω παῖς, ὃς πρώτιστος τεῦξε λίθου κέραμον.

Today, 2500 years later, we bring back the forgotten use of Naxian marble as means of diffusion of light.