Terre Arate, the new stone surfaces inspired to the Pantelleria Island.



Their new collection of accessories and wall coverings created with precious stones and natural stone material, designed by Martinelli Venezia Studio, have brought the grandeur of this small, magnificent island located in the waters between Sicily and Tunisia to life. 

The Sicilian firm LITHEA continues its exploration of the Mediterranean by showcasing its newest proposals of accessories and wall coverings designed by the Martinelli Venezia Studio in their own unique, creative styles and at the same time enhancing the materials that this company has mastered the use of after half a century of experience in this sector.

Pantelleria, also known as the Black Pearl of the Mediterranean is the starting point of this project, since antiquity stories of a mysterious and extraordinary island have been passed down from generation to generation.  Both its Greek and Byzantine names translate as a land of fertility, a land with a lot to offer.  An island of cliffs worn away by the sea and winds, black volcanic rock, vast vineyards of Zibibbo, dry stone walls and a sea of various shades of blue.  Both designers who have a strong bond with the Mediterranean have used these natural inspirations to design tables and coffee tables, lighting fixtures, graphic and highly detailed wall panels and tiles. 

We have thought about all types of spaces both for home as well as contract creations, these new, highly decorative and much more functional collections bring the uniqueness of the Pantelleria landscape to any living space.

The Mediterranean is synonym of discovery, knowledge, wealth: variety of people, goods, trade but above all culture. This sea has always been a place of encounters, fusion, and so a place of hybridisation: a mixture of skills and techniques that represent such an extraordinary heritage that must be brought to life by new approaches, putting the contemporary on the traditional.  


design Martinelli Venezia Studio,2020

Terre Arate

Modular, wall covering created by putting together irregularly shaped tiles that once assembled resemble the curved lines painted on the rooftops of the dammusi houses. 

Alternating smooth elements with furrowed lines bringing to mind the rows of Pantelleria’s vineyards. Created in homage to the Zibibbo tree that is cultivated in the typical valleys which protect them from the impetuous winds that blow on the island. 

The whole design is achieved with identical tiles rotated by 90 degrees from the longitudinal axis creating a juxtaposition of the various elements that give the impression of a continuous and never-ending image.

The materials used to showcase this design are Grigio Billiemi marble (for the furrowed base) and Pietra Pece (for the flint, scultured elements) both originating from Sicilian quarries.

Dimensions: 60x60x2 cm

Photo: Nino Bartuccio


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