3 times natural stone took centre stage

It is fair to say that marble is having a moment. It is the darling of the trade shows, the current material of choice for kitchens and bathrooms and is leading the field in furniture fashion.

However, whilst the glossy magazines and interior journals are currently gushing about their love affair with this most sleek and sophisticated of natural stone surfaces, nobody can claim this is a new trend.

Marble has been around for centuries, used in the construction of the most beautiful architecture and statues from the Taj Mahal to Michelangelo’s David and, of course, Saint Petersburg’s Marble Palace, it’s had its fair share of glory days. Whilst the use of marble and natural stone in interiors has always been associated with luxury hotels and only really seen in high class domestic establishments, we are now enjoying the beauty and elegance of natural stone in smaller, more affordable furniture concepts that can take your home to a new design level.

In Portugal, natural stone is not only popular for its aesthetic qualities, but also a practical choice for table tops, providing a refreshing coolness out of the heat of the sun. Far from embracing a ‘new’ trend, our leading furniture designers are putting into practice years of craftsmanship and using their experience of working with the finest quality natural stone surfaces, to create modern pieces that are guaranteed to stand the test of time.

The beauty and sophistication of marble instantly glams up a space, and although it is undoubtedly a high end material, the good news is you don’t need a lot of it to make a big impact.

Here are three winning ways our customers are introducing a little bit of natural stone beauty into their homes:

1) Creative Carrara

The Brasilia dining table makes a striking talking point. An artistic arrangement of tubular lacquered wood legs with a stunning polished Carrara top, edged in metal, this unique design is definitely turning heads in the interior world. Using circular shapes in angular rooms can soften the space and this table makes for a decadent dining space when positioned under a statement light fitting.

2) Suave Sideboards

The Titan cabinet combines brushed brass detailing on unique, leather covered doors. Topped with a perfect slab of Carrara marble, this piece is a fine example of the design principle of mixing contrasting textures to create magic.

3) Special Occasional tables

Proof that it’s quality not quantity that counts in interiors, the Moon side table is about as fashion conscious as furniture can get. It’s the striking contrast between the white Onyx top and black lacquered base that first captures your attention. But with a core of polished brass peeping between the two, this fancy little table really has a heart of gold.

Would your home benefit from a bit more natural beauty? Do you like the look but worry about the practicality? We’re here to help with all your design dilemmas, so please do get in touch.

Ana & Renata
blog@openplanliving.net

We are wives, mums, best friends of 25 years and we share a passion for interiors and furniture design. Despite living in two different countries, we decided to embark on the adventure of creating a business together and we are loving it!

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