Patricia Urquiola for Budri Earthquake 5.9 Collection


In 2012, the storage room of Italian marble company Budri was hit by earthquake Emilia, shattering hundreds of beautiful slabs of marble into shards, in a matter of seconds. In 2013, designer Patricia Urquiola created a collection of stunning geometric creations from the broken pieces.

The Floor and Wall Inlay artworks for the collection named Earthquake 5.9, combined precious marbles and onyxes with tangerine orange resin, laid out to form decorative installations, designed to merge with the floor. Urquiola’s vases and trays were formed of asymmetric shapes and linear layouts of Fior di Pesco, Rosa Portogallo, Bianco Lasa and light Giallo Siena marble. Bookcases in the Budri Earthquake 5.9 collection were characterised by an irregular hexagon shape and the Origami Tables and Desk were designed as if the marble were paper.


Origami Table


Damaged marble


Origami Table



Table detail made from precious marble, onyxes and resin


Bookcase made from Verde Laguna marble and Noce Canaletto wood


Floor and Wall Inlay


Detail from Floor and Wall Inlay



Origami-table-by-Patricia-Urquiola-for-Budri Earthquake 5.9

Origami Table

Images via Budri Diario Design and Archiportale

Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).