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Material trends: marble
Material trends: marble
Posted November 12, 2012

Material trend: marble is returning to interior designers and product designers minds and projects, due to new developments in technology that allow the exploration of this material in completely different ways.

“Nothing is quite as impressive or speaks of sophistication and luxury as eloquently as marble,” says Alvaro de Ferranti, from the UK-based specialist in stone-working techniques, De Ferranti. “It imbues interior decor with a wonderful elegance.”

Material trend: marble is returning to interior designers and product designers minds and projects, due to new developments in technology that allow the exploration of this material in completely different ways.

Marble, a natural stone, has been used since ancient times, mainly for architectural and sculptural purposes. Even with less sophisticated tools and techniques to work this hard material, men never ceased to be challenged and create majestic architectural and sculptural works, giving to marble a status of nobility and luxury. There may have passed a recent period when marble has been looked as a dated material but, as Charlotte Abrahams states, it is returning to interior designers and product designers minds and projects, due to new developments in technology that allow the exploration of this material in completely different ways: high-tech innovations such as laser and high-pressure, enable marble to be cut more precisely, thinner and with more curves; developments in glues, seals and resins allow new possibilities.

Joe Burns, co-founder of the award winning interior design company Oliver Burns states that “if you aren’t using marble, you’re missing a trick”. So what tricks have been interior designers and product designers using?

 

Oliver Burns – Mayfair Luxury Apartments

Material trend: marble is returning to interior designers and product designers minds and projects, due to new developments in technology that allow the exploration of this material in completely different ways.

Material trend: marble is returning to interior designers and product designers minds and projects, due to new developments in technology that allow the exploration of this material in completely different ways.

 

Charlotte Crosland – The Old Embassy, trompe l’oeil hallway

Material trend: marble is returning to interior designers and product designers minds and projects, due to new developments in technology that allow the exploration of this material in completely different ways.

 

Soft Marble, a series of Ron Gilad

Material trend: marble is returning to interior designers and product designers minds and projects, due to new developments in technology that allow the exploration of this material in completely different ways.

Material trend: marble is returning to interior designers and product designers minds and projects, due to new developments in technology that allow the exploration of this material in completely different ways.   Material trend: marble is returning to interior designers and product designers minds and projects, due to new developments in technology that allow the exploration of this material in completely different ways.

 

Panna Cotta table by Ron Gilad for Molteni & C

Material trend: marble is returning to interior designers and product designers minds and projects, due to new developments in technology that allow the exploration of this material in completely different ways.

 

CT09 Enoki side table by Philipp Mainzer for e15

Material trend: marble is returning to interior designers and product designers minds and projects, due to new developments in technology that allow the exploration of this material in completely different ways.

 

Carve table by Bethan Gray for G&T

Material trend: marble is returning to interior designers and product designers minds and projects, due to new developments in technology that allow the exploration of this material in completely different ways.

Material trend: marble is returning to interior designers and product designers minds and projects, due to new developments in technology that allow the exploration of this material in completely different ways.

Material trend: marble is returning to interior designers and product designers minds and projects, due to new developments in technology that allow the exploration of this material in completely different ways.

 

Bala Lo side tables by Jaime Hayon for

Material trend: marble is returning to interior designers and product designers minds and projects, due to new developments in technology that allow the exploration of this material in completely different ways.

 

Magnum Table by Pierre Favresse for La Chance

Material trend: marble is returning to interior designers and product designers minds and projects, due to new developments in technology that allow the exploration of this material in completely different ways.

See the full article by Charlotte Abrahams at How to Spend It.


 

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