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Trend Focus: Marble
The design community’s love affair with marble continues as we welcome a new wave of products in this sophisticated material.
Marble has always been an important and integral material for the interiors industry. Going back to the 1950s, Saarinen’s Tulip Dining Table instantly became a worldwide must-have upon its release, then in the 1960s Flos began experimenting with the material and came up with three lamps that would go on to become future classics: the Arco Biagio and Snoopy.
While the use of this material in the industry never ceased as such, it certainly has had a bit of a comeback in recent years.
Take for example E15, which uses marble in many of its side tables. The eclectic mix of colours and marble combinations in the Enoki collection is one to be inspired by – we especially love the soft mint paired with the milky white Bianco Carrara marble.
British designer Bethan Gray has worked extensively with marble over the last few years and has created a unique range of tables with Thomas Turner that feature solid marble table tops and solid wooden bases. The Carve Coffee Table in grey marble with walnut base is a particular highlight.
Most recently, Danish brand Menu and British brand Lee Broom are both using this material in its accessories – see the Marble Wall Clock, Chunk of Marble Candle Holder and On The Rock glasses for elegant examples.
While marble certainly isn’t cheap, there certainly is no other material that is as beautiful and as hardwearing. Once purchased, a marble product will not only withstand the flux of ‘trends’, it will also stand the test of time.
There are many types of marble available and, dependant on where they originate, have a different colour, texture and quality. Carrara marble is white-grey in appearance and is used heavily in the design industry for its gorgeous textured appearance. The unmistakable speckled green appearance of the Alpi Verde marble is also used in many designs. This particular marble looks especially good when used on a large, flat surface like the Tulip Side Table. Darker marbles like Black Marquina (as found on the Cassina Boboli Round Table) or Brown Emperador are also exceptionally striking and perhaps more unusual. These look fantastic when kept polished and shiny.
Whatever finish you opt for, you know you are investing in quality that will last for years to come.