A STONE AGE

Marble has been in the limelight for some time now and as fashion goes, things change.  We do love a good classic Carrara Marble but it pays to consider other options outside of what’s currently saturating the market. With that said it’s not all over for marble.  There is an expansion on the trend into more colour and texture.  We are also seeing other stones surface such as Granite, Limestone, Slate and Travertine as well as alternative finishes. 

As designers we love watching and reporting on trends before they become mainstream.  Keeping ahead of or outside the trends means the material selections you make will have a longer design and/or product life. I cannot recall the source but “if it isn’t in fashion, it isn’t out” holds some truth.  Although, we would recommend steering clear of anything obviously out-of-date. In saying that fashion often re-interprets old materials into quite likeable new versions.

So where to next? Well here’s some stone for thought . . .

 

NATURE – There is a natural progression from cool greys of seasons past to warmer earthy hues and more movement.  Coloured marbles in reds, greens and browns.

 

TRANQUILITY -  Peaceful neutrals of white, grey and black. Think mottled, dusty and chalky and rough textures contrasted with sleek minimalist. 

 

CONCRETE - Consider the hues and ambience of concrete rather than the material itself. Look for softer more refined finishes and curves versus hard edges. Tadelkt plaster for example, is a perfect take on a more organic version of the industrial trend.

 

TERRAZZO – Highly durable terrazzo is now very accessible. Large scale patterns draw attention to beautiful stone colours and textures while finer chips are more reserved and classic. Terrazzo can now be found in a variety of applications from hard finishes to furniture to homewares.