Marble and stone continue to dominate the design industry as the material of choice for luxury furniture and home accessory design. At this year's Milan Furniture Fair, designers worked with the material in a variety of new and exciting ways.
At the Salone Satellite, Swiss design Studio Grande displayed the results of their collaboration with a marble mason's workshop in Lyon. Inspired by laminated wood panels, the designers cut slabs of left over marble into layers, which were then glued together and cut into 6 cm x 6 cm battens. The resulting stone sandwich material has an increased rigidity and can be easily produced in long lengths. Here the battens are used to create a hanging rail and storage system.
London-based materials brand dzek debuted its first architectural material and furniture collection with British designer Max Lamb. Called Marmoreal, this engineered marble combines colorful Rosso Verona, Giallo Mori, Verde Alpi and Bianco Verona with polyester resin binders. For the show, Lamb created this immersive room decked out with a series of furniture pieces made from the new material.
At gallery Nilufar, Italian architect Massimiliano Locatelli designed a series of tables whose irregular shapes are inspired by Italian lakes. Also available in bronze and lava stone, this one, shown in the gallery entranceway, was made in a striking green marble.
Earnest Studio's Face value tables combine marble with interlocking panels of Corian, MDF, plywood and Padoek. The tables can be used individually, in a line or stacked as shelving.
At the Wallpaper Handmade exhibition, German designer Sebastian Herkner showcased the Skid side table and bench made in collaboration with Israeli quartz surfaces brand Caesarstone. Inspired by archaic wooden structures and knock-down furniture, Herkner's asymmetric Skid bench is slotted together from 21 flat panels of Caesarstone quartz.
Working in collaboration with marble manufacturers UP GROUP, Milan-based designer Tsukasa Goto presented a series of fruit bowls including this puzzle-like design made from five pieces of intersecting colored marble.
Called Tacitas, these vessels are an ongoing project by Chilean studio Bravo! Each one is carved from a locally sourced river stone, so has it's own character, texture and color.