Le Pietre della Val Fontanabuona, or the Stones of Val Fontanabuona, is a small family business, which has dedicated decades to the processing of slate. Its primary activity is the production of plates for roof coverings, floor coatings and ornamental decorative parts for fireplaces, doors and windows. Another stream of the production, a smaller one but highly specialized, is dedicated to creation of furnishing and home décor elements. Mrs. Lucia skilfully runs and coordinates all the activities, with enthusiasm to her job, being able to create objects of high precision and quality.
Slate and its territory
In Liguria, not far from Genoa, a few km from the sea, there is the valley Fontanabuona, an area characterized by the presence of slate quarries. Here the material is extracted and processed. Slate is indeed a metamorphic rock that thanks to its properties can be cut into thin layers, very smooth and suitable for various uses in the construction industry, such as flooring, coatings and roofing tiles (called abbadini) that with their typical dark grey colour distinguish the appearance of historic centres of towns and cities in Liguria. But that’s not it! The slate is also known for being an exclusive material for very specific uses: just think of school boards or billiard tables made exactly with slices of slate covered with green fabric. And the most valuable billiard tables in the world are made of precisely the stone extracted in Val Fontanabuona.
Why we like them
We were delighted by their ability to transform an unconventional material generally used for other purposes into modern and original décor artifacts. These are essential items enhanced by the typical slate colour and smooth surface – almost soft to the touch – that stand out in an unmistakable way. We especially chose objects made with slabs of slate cut “in splits”, i.e. hitting the rock layers with hammer at the top, making them to slice following their natural lines of sedimentation, and thus maintaining the stone’s characteristic features and irregularities.
Creations of Le Pietre della Val Fontanabuona