Best stone furniture: the Wallpaper* edit

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By Anne Soward, Léa Teuscher

Stone furniture rocks the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2022

From stone furniture to marble pieces, we’ve looked at the best stone designs from the world’s top designers and manufacturers, from Ghidini 1961 and Salvatori to Germans Ermičs and Stephen Burks.

We’ve rounded up the best stone furniture of the year, including assembled compositions made from scrap marble and curved stone designs that include lighting, seating and tables. From marble to limestone and volcanic rock, we left no stone unturned. As we dig into natural assets for this 2022 Wallpaper* Design Awards roundup, we’ve also come across pieces including man-made organic shapes and puzzle-like arrangements, made of wood and resin-bonded sand, for example. example, were the perfect complement to our celebration of materials. .

Best Stone Furniture: Hard to Track Deeds

Left to right, ‘Mass’ bench, £19,700, by Fred Ganim, for Agglomerati. ‘Taula’ coffee table, £8,000, by Patricia Urquiola, for Salvatori. Floor lamp ‘Pomme’, price on request, by M2 Atelier, for Visionnaire. ‘Sculpture’ lamp, from €469, by Morten Bo Jensen, for Vipp. ‘Drop’ stool, €7,900, by Danielle Siggerud. ‘Lignage d’Hermès’ stone table, price on request, by Studio Mumbai, for Hermès. Illustrations: Tom Hancocks, interiors: Hannah Jordan

We’re collecting all the marbles this year, starting with the modular furniture system by Australian designer Fred Ganim, entirely made of Statuario. Also in Italian stone, the “Apple” floor lamp by M2 ​​Atelier, with a rod-shaped leather handle and a base available in three types of marble, and the “Taula” table by Patricia Urquiola, inspired by prehistoric structures found in the Balearic Islands. Next come two Nordic creations: Danielle Siggerud’s stool, an attempt to square the circle made from a single piece of stone, and Vipp’s new table lamp, with a marble base incorporating the brand’s signature dimming knob. , as well as an elegant reed glass. shadow. Also beautifully streaked is the Hainaut blue limestone table by Studio Mumbai for Hermès, engraved with radiating lines representing rays of light.

The best odes to nature: raw materials and organic textures

From left to right, ‘Pele de Tigre’ stool, price on request, by the Germans Ermiès. “Earth” ship, $216, by Oliver Whyte Studio. ‘Native’ round table, €14,850, by Stefano Giovannoni, for Ghidini 1961. ‘Plain Cuts Stone and Steel’ table, price on request, by Wonmin Park, for Carpenters Workshop Gallery. ‘No.20’ mirror, $7,800, by Ben and Aja Blanc, of The Future Perfect. ‘6×8’ chair, price on request, by Max Lamb, from Salon 94. Artwork: Studio Likeness, Interiors: Olly Mason

We dug deep for this category and found buried treasure in the form of tempting tactile pieces made from organic materials such as wood, marble, and ore. From Max Lamb’s sculptural chair of interlocking blocks of western red cedar and Oliver Whyte’s monolithic vessel of resin-bonded sand to Stefano Giovannoni’s reassuringly sturdy marble table for Ghidini 1961, edged in metal burnished, and the marble stool by the Germans Ermičs, whose undulating shape aligns with its streaks, these are objects that enhance the wild beauty of their natural materials. Meanwhile, Wonmin Park explored the relationship between natural and man-made beauty with a series of tables that juxtaposed bases of volcanic rock, whose surfaces were smoothed to become like mirrors, emerging effortlessly from steel tops cut with precision. As for Ben and Aja Blanc’s free-form mirror, its marbled surface is actually achieved by pouring layers of silver onto large planes of glass, creating a dappled effect that celebrates the accidents of nature.

Best Assembly: Small Fragments, Big Impact

Left to right, terrazzo rug, €23,000, by Studio Stefan Scholten. ‘Ritagli’ coffee tables, price on request, by Studiopepe. ‘Friends’ table mirror, £2,900, by Stephen Burks, for Salvatori. Terrazzo coffee table, €11,000, by Studio Stefan Scholten. Photography: Neil Godwin at Future Studios for Wallpaper*. Interiors: Hannah Jordan

The world famous Italian quarries have been producing blocks of marble since Roman times, but what to do with the offcuts produced by this colossal industry? For his first solo project, Stefan Scholten, formerly of Scholten & Baijings, used chunks of stone from Italian quarries to create designs such as a terrazzo rug made up of imperfect tiles assembled in a pattern matching the book, and a table practically ‘woven’ together by the experts at Laboratorio Morseletto. Meanwhile, Studiopepe turned to Dadaism and the aesthetics of chance to produce a series of unique coffee tables using scrap marble and terrazzo slabs. As for the American designer Stephen Burks, he has fashioned ultra-expressive table mirrors in colored natural stone, proving that even the smallest pieces of marble can make a strong impression. §

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