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  Although, we would recommend steering clear of anything obviously out-of-date.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. 



The biannual Maison & Objet (M&O) French trade fair is considered to be one of the most important European events for Interior Designers.  The 5 day feast of innovation and talent ran 22nd – 26th January and we were salivating all the way!

One of our top looks is what we are calling “Cosmic Wave”.  This intergalactic journey sees explosions of colour, marbled textures and realistic outer space imagery brought to earth.

The trend also taps into M&Os  “Wild” theme,  reconnecting with elements and giving a sense of supernatural force.

Check it out:


1. Cosmic Dinnerware by Italian brands Diesel Living and Seletti. The 11-piece set features images of moons, planets, a sun, the Milky way and beyond. The set also won Wallpapers 2015 Design Award.


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2. Tables by Troels Flensted.  These poured Acrylic Polymer tables are out of this world!


3. London brand Front Rugs collaborated with artist Jan Kath to create a glorious flooring art.  The rugs are replicas of high-res photographs of gas clouds and asteroid nebulae taken by the Hubble Telescope. Some using up to 60 colours and all hand-knotted.