02 Sep Bridge for Design
Bridge for Design – Autumn 2017
Emily shared her thoughts on Marble as a Design Trend:
As designers we often see beautiful things presented to us. Accompanied with the statement of ‘the latest trend’ or ‘on trend’ a statement that implies a tendency, a vogue and a changing state. Keeping your home up to date with these trends allows your home to stay in the present, the here and now. But as a designer, choosing the right trend is vital. I would encourage you to embrace the ones that will stand the test of time.
One trend that we seem to have a constant love affair with. One that we have all come to know the distinct and familiar markings of, is the metamorphic rock that is marble. The distinct strong veins, and the unique swirls which gives each slab its own characteristics. Marble has such a diverse use from elegant floors to grand fireplaces, counter tops and wall surfaces. In the last few years we have seen the rise in marble and its use of applications. It is still dominating as a key trend within commercial and private industries, adding a sense of luxury and elegancy to an interior space.
This ancient architectural material which invokes affluence and opulence, once used but the Egyptians. Now lines the walls and floors of the Vatican, to the marble courtyard at the Palace of Versailles. Marble spans many cultures, as it is quarried from varying continents hence its many beautiful variations, differing hues and colour tones. From Emperador to Carrara White, Calacatta Gold. All give a familiarity to the space, adding a sense of classic elegance.
In recent times modern technology has allowed designers and furniture makers to take advantage of the elegance of slab marble within the home without the high cost. Allowing homeowners, hoteliers & restaurateurs to have their own slice of elegancy and grandeur. We have become more confident with the use of marble, making the most of its polished surface and clean lines. Marble can become a key feature within an interior, and teamed with other finishes such as burnished brass, deep rich velvets you can encapsulate a beautifully finished interior space, one of luxury and elegance.
Each type of marble varies in its look and feel which is great for different interior settings. White marble looks great within a bathroom, married with beautiful burnished brash fixings, white ceramics and reflective mirrors. Marquina black can look incredible striking teamed with dark panelling, making for an impressive bathroom interior.
Marble once the medium chosen by sculpture Michelangelo, is a perfect material for furniture makers, combined with other natural materials such as wood, leather and brass. This material can be incredible versatile, creating beautifully hand crafted pieces of furniture which then become the jewels within an interior setting. We are embracing this ancient material in a contemporary way, creating striking forms. Marble has ignited interest, filtering down through differing industries from architecture to interiors, furniture to products and fabrics to fashion. All manner of industries seem to have embraced the beauty and elegance of marble.