Francesco Marasco Talks Zicana’s Passion For Creation Without Limit

Zicana fashions the world’s most opulent materials into luxurious art forms, surfaces, home and lifestyle accessories. Our in-house studio, founded in 2002, offers clients the ability to personalize an alluring, diverse collection of materials to fit their own unique taste and style. Our clients are the most discerning individuals, designers, architects, developers and builders and we provide them with a full suite of services from consulting and design to customization and installation. They depend on us to fulfill their desire for expression, and we have a “soul purpose” and passion for creation without limit.

Francesco Marasco, CEO of Zicana, joined the aspire design and home fall issue to discuss the brand.

Featured in the Kips Bay Showhouse in 2018, this stunning Hollins Brook quartz from Cambria flows from the waterfall bar top to the backsplash with glamour and ease. Designed by BA Torrey.

Featured in the Kips Bay Showhouse in 2018, this stunning Hollins Brook quartz from Cambria flows from the waterfall bar top to the backsplash with glamour and ease. Designed by BA Torrey.

aspire design and home: What motivated you to create the Zicana brand?
Francesco Marasco: The inspiration behind Zicana was to simply be a brand like no other. We are inspired to forever change the way people think and feel about stone.

ADH: There is truly something for everyone in the Zicana collections—modern, classic, somewhere in between. What kinds of design do you find alluring?
FM: I don’t take on a particular aesthetic. I appreciate many different styles. You will see that we take something from all different styles when we create our one-of-a-kind pieces.

This custom dining table, in Grand Antique Marble, is a gorgeous study in the balance of black and white.

This custom dining table, in Grand Antique Marble, is a gorgeous study in the balance of black and white.

ADH: Is there an emerging trend that excites you?
FM: Trends are showing that people are getting playful with their stone backsplashes and details. What excites me about this trend is that you can show stone in more of an art form by the way you lay out the orientation, as it enables us to show a different perspective.

ADH: What is your favorite collection?
FM: Gemstones are my favorite materials in our collection for their spiritual elements and because they’re just so different when you see them in full-size panels. They are truly a work of art. Every slab is handmade.

Smoky Quartz Gemstone glitters on the kitchen island while Taj Mahal Quartzite on the surrounding countertops adds visual interest. Designed in collaboration with Ciuffo Cabinetry.

Smoky Quartz Gemstone glitters on the kitchen island while Taj Mahal Quartzite on the surrounding countertops adds visual interest. Designed in collaboration with Ciuffo Cabinetry.

ADH: What are Zicana’s plans for the future?
FM: Zicana is always expanding. We are currently building a state-of-the-art showroom here at our headquarters, and it will be the first of many to offer clients and visitors one of the most exclusive experiences in the world you can get when shopping for stone and surface materials. In addition to our customization business, we have an exclusive line of collaborative limited-edition pieces that include home and lifestyle accessories that we plan to expand in the near future.

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