Marvellous Marble in Luxury Design

By Oliver Burns

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April 5, 2016|Luxury Design

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  • p style="text-align: left;">Marble, a timeless yet modern material, impressed at the annual London Design Festival forecasting a renewed interested in this luxury mineral. The beloved Roman stone is a continuous staple in the home, and can be used across a vast array of interiors. From the Western world to the far-flung corners of the East, marble has appeared in the most opulent of settings; ponder upon the breath-taking white Taj Mahal for instance.

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Carrara marble, one of the most luxurious materials, will make those smaller rooms appear more light and spacious. It can revitalise one’s home bringing spring and summer to an otherwise wintry, confined space. Although white marble is the most classic choice, other finishes are gaining popularity with our discerning clientele. A few inspiring options to consider are Emperador, with its speckled brown stone or Nero Marquina, a black marble laced with white veining.

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The team at Oliver Burns have seen an increase in the request for green marble such as Verde Alpi. The natural beauty of this stone reflects its Italian origins mimicking the undulating patterns created by the sea. To ensure a seamless finish Oliver Burns painstakingly book-matches marble so that there is continuous veining. Furthermore, to guarantee a precise colour match our team personally travel to the quarries from which we source our materials.

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Despite the medium’s ability to be grand and austere, it can be selected to add that enduring touch to any design concept. Craftsmanship and the manufacturing technology at present in manipulating the traditional stone is so advanced that it can be shaped into many contemporary forms. For example, cutting-edge computer numerical control (CNC) machines are making it possible to execute intricate designs from large pieces of stone. We are observing a transition whereby marble is being utilised not only in architecture, but also more recently in fashion and decorative accessories.

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The super-prime property market is gaining speed, particularly in Mayfair, and to showcase elegance and a polished taste designers are adding detail with marble pieces. The emergent desire for quality finishes that also offer durability points towards the clean and refined mineral. Its fine veins and colour complexity emanate natural beauty and is a welcome element for both the designer and the discerning individual alike.

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British architects and designers are more alert to the necessity of sourcing organic materials which infuse a pure and beautiful touch to a space. Show casing this trend is Lee Broom’s Nouveau Rebel Collection, which features diffused lighting crafted from cylindrical hollowed Carrara marble. The illumination effectively highlights the veining in the stone from within. Similarly, Frassk who debuted at 100% Design, collaborated with designer Paul Crofts producing a collection of minimalist basins.

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At Oliver Burns we use marble in our designs from larger installments down to smaller home accessories, take Kitchen Salt & Pepper by Sebastian Conran. We also like to steep style into a space by incorporating marble in novel ways; Italian studio Formafantasma’s design of a time peace for a line by Established & Sons is a unique way of adding a touch of finesse.

Marble truly is transient and everlasting so let us be inspired to employ this magical material in evermore explorative ways.

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