Move over, quartz: As seen at Salone del Mobile 2018, marble – the OG stone – is back.
Striding through the palazzi and passageways of Milan, it’s difficult to fathom that marble’s appeal might ever go through phases. But in North America anyway, the original gangster of luxury building materials has given ground in recent years to upstart alternatives such as quartz, granite, slate and concrete. One reason for its eclipse is the comparative affordability of stone such as quartz. Another could be its residual rep as an old-school material.
On that latter score at least, this year’s Salone del Mobile proved how contemporary all manner of marble can look and feel. For Arketipo, Gino Carollo adopted a veiny dark variety to reinforce the “universality” of his Moon Invaders tables. At Salvatori, none other than master minimalist John Pawson created exquisitely austere furniture out of classic Bianco Carrara. “For me, everything depends on clarity of line, form and junction,” he said. The veining is a bonus.
Moon Invaders Side Table
The veining in Gino Carollo’s side tables for Arketipo, available in square and rectangular versions, offers a galaxy’s worth of interest; the trim is vegetable tanned leather and the slender legs are metal.
Aqua Dining Table
Designed by Fabrice Berrux, the Roche Bobois Aqua table features a laminated Fenix veneer top supported by a bulbous solid-marble base, shown here in white Carrara. roche-bobois.com
N_Elle Kitchen island
A highlight of Cesar’s N_Elle line is the monolithic island panelled with large sheets of Grey Saint Laurent marble; despite its rusticity, the unit boasts vertical grip recesses and push-to-open fronts.
Span Outdoor Bench
Banish all thoughts of marble as hopelessly baroque: A Bianco Carrara slab atop sandblasted sandstone legs, John Pawson’s Span bench for Salvatori couldn’t be more now.