Marble is an extremely versatile material, that can adapt to any environment thanks to its numerous varieties. It’s often used on floors, or in bathrooms and kitchens, thanks to its wear resistance. Marble is not only one of the best materials to decorate structural elements of the house, it’s also perfect to furnish and design the finishes of different rooms.
Why use marble as a furnishing accessory
Marble is, by definition, the embodiment of elegance and sophistication. It perfectly matches the minimalist aesthetic which focuses on clean-cut lines and light shades, and that has gained ground in interior design in the past few years. Marble has been the protagonist of the latest trends in fashion and interior design, and is today employed in new, different uses. Together with minimalism, a new trend has been catching on increasingly since the beginning of this decade: furniture with a typical 19th-century style. Timeless, exquisite and sophisticated décor and furnishing accessories have made their way into our homes alongside natural, organic colours and textures. Marble once again matches this trend, adding a touch of timeless elegance as it goes well with every kind of palette.
From small accessories to complex productions: some examples
Thanks to its extraordinary durability, elegance and versatility, marble easily adapts to every decorative element that we can create using our creativity and imagination. It can be used as an accessory for structural elements such as stair railings, skirtings or to complete fixtures. Details make the difference, and that’s why marble can be employed not only in details of small tables, nightstands or the legs of furniture, but also in ornaments and small decorations, to add a touch of elegance to every corner of the room. It can also be used to create additional elements that serve as a support to the main building, like columns and half columns, supports and table tops, as well as to build chimneys and make the living room more cosy, warm and elegant. Its sophistication directs all the attention to the room, and that is why, if it is used to build the dining table, it gives importance to the whole room: the perfect formula to make the guests feel welcome during holiday lunches and dinners.
Marble design furnishing: the most innovative solutions
Thanks to its flexibility, marble can be used to create innovative furnishing accessories that transcend tradition and add a touch of elegance and innovation to our homes. It’s perfect for giving life to the most creative ideas and can potentially adapt to any area of interior design. The designer De Meester Vliegen realised a DJ console in white marble located in a mid-century house in Antwerp, Belgium. Another example of unconventional uses of marble in furnishing accessories is cutting boards: Muller Van Severen, Belgian designer, created creative marble cutting boards which have the double use of kitchen utensil and decorative sculpture. This shows how marble can a myriad of different functions at the same time, combining elegance and usefulness. Even master architects have engaged in employing marble as a means to overcome the limits imposed by the ordinary in interior design. An example is Zaha Hadid and her infamous “Moon System”: the soft lines and curvilinear shapes of the surface of the table embody a new idea of furniture, taking advantage of the timeless elegance that only marble can donate.
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