310,840 visitors played at design in the fairgrounds of the Salone del Mobile 2015. On the Sunday of this show, the Holy Mass was celebrated in the auditorium. I like finding a respect for tradition in surprising places.
At Salone, the watchword seemed to be contemporary luxury, artisanal techniques and prized materials. In Milan, every corner sees elegant ancient marble palazzos and the collision of ancient versus modern is nowhere more apparent in the renaissance of marble. I love this majestic stone.
Marble can be organic as discovered in Tau Vases for Citco Marble at Salone, where the fragile aesthetic of the pleated designs belies the solidity of their material.
Marble can be monumentally beautiful as in Jamb’s chimneypieces.
Jamb’s semi-precious antique coloured marbles and black marble are stunning and they probably have the largest collection of antique Sienna in the country. They have a rare 17th century Italian Macchia Vecchia chimneypiece, gorgeous mantels in original Breche marble and even an early 18th century Irish Chimneypeice in black Kilkenny marble flecked with white fossils of shells and coral. The one in this picture is beautifully simple –a George I chimneypiece in the classic Carrara marble.
Marble can be unexpected when printed on textiles and woven as rugs (above)
‘Marble’ is a new rug by one of the most innovative designers Michaela Schleypen, who uses her unique filigree colouring to translate this classic crystalline rock into the softest contemporary rug. Marble has never felt softer!
This new rug captures the beauty of marble, translating this naturally cold stone into warm and luxurious texture. Marble is often associated with classical sculpture and architecture. To replicate its streaky appearance on to a contemporary rug is a true innovation. To do this Michaela uses her finest colour gradation to date, creating the intricate variety of shades found in the grey veining of Italian Carrara marble.