March 1st, 2017
Marble has dominantly been reserved for kitchen countertops, cutting boards and flooring. However, marble has now bypassed its traditional forms. We are seeing this trend in pieces that are far from stone cold. Breaking free from kitchens and bathrooms, marble is making its way into living rooms, bedrooms, fashion and accessories, stationary and even carpets.
Marble designs are being translated into textile pieces. This is an interesting approach, as textiles are far from marbles original material. The intriguing contrast between what would be marbles true form, cold and hard stone, to being replicated in something soft and flexible. It is an interesting way to incorporate marble designs in a space that calls for something cozy and soft.
Marble designs have made their way into the carpet and rug industry. It may not always be an exact replica of a marble pattern, but we can see that marble has created inspiration behind some of our current rug designs.
What is it that attracts us to marble, is it the unpredictable natural pattern and texture? There is something intriguing about the natural patterns, colours and textures formed in marble. The gradients of white and grey move together forming a unity of movement. As the stone is formed through a natural state of exposure to high heat and compression, creating a variation of colour, pattern and texture.
We enjoy the contrast of textures found when pairing marble with wood and other raw materials. This trend can even be traced to the inspiration behind Pantones colour of the year, Greenery. With the rejuvenation of exposed natural materials in interiors, we are embracing materials that evoke an earthy feeling. Marble fits right into this category and holds a unique style. Perhaps because marble is an ancient stone, and has been known to represent luxury.
Marble maintains its elegance while being explored and reflected in a new materials. This trend may be coming into it’s second year, but we don’t see it going anywhere too soon.