Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

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Trends & Finds

On Trend: Coloured Marble

For a little while now marble has been well and truly on our radar – from coffee tables to fashion accessories, the appeal of this elegant natural material has been made popular by the popularity of Scandinavian minimalism in design.

It’s now time to take the trend one step further and embrace the contemporary application of coloured marble. Before you start thinking of salmon coloured elevator foyers from the 90’s – think again. Italian tailors of marble work, Budri Collections, are using coloured marbles and stones in the most beautiful way. Take for example their Origimi Coffee Table range – which contrasts coloured marbles in vibrant stripes and shapes. Or the 3D marble Wall Cladding installation designed by Patricia Uquiola that combines fragments of marble and semi precious stones into an artistic work inspired by an earthquake.

Or see the look in London, where gastronomic playground Sketch, applies a coloured marble chevron floor to their bold interior. The 2012 revamp of the decade old restaurant saw input from Turner Prize winning artists Martin Creed and David Shrigley, who were certainly not afraid to push the boundaries with colour and design.

Historically, geometric coloured marble has been around since the 50’s. One of the most inspirational examples of this is the iconic private residence Gio Ponti designed by the Villa Planchart – a private home built in Caracas, Venezuela in 1956. The large scale combinations of coloured marble on the floor has a timelessness that’s hard to ignore.

Try the look at home with coloured marble accessory like a tray or vase, or even look to replace your existing side table with a new top.

Beth F

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