Marble is becoming increasingly popular as an elegant and high quality material for furniture manufacture. Innovative manufacturers that use the versatile stone in their product portfolio can profit from this strong trend.
A sustained trend toward increasing willingness to consume in the luxury segment makes the timelessly beautiful material marble especially interesting for manufacturers and suppliers. The luxurious stone can be used to produce the most varied furniture and interior decorating objects – from the wall clock through cabinet handles, lighting, tables, and shelves to seating. Those who have marble in the programme for bathroom, kitchen or living rooms are on precisely the right track at present.
Real marble consists for the most part of aragonite, calcite or dolomite, and is associated with elegance and lasting value. Types of stone are often designated as marble that actually don't belong in this category, for example, onyx. The most well-known is white marble from Carrara in Tuscany. In visual terms, it draws the eye with a fine gloss. Whether pure white with light marbling, in colour gradations from beige to grey, or in intensive, dark tones with strong marbling effects – the stone has a valuable radiance. It has long been popular as a tile for walls and floors, and is increasingly frequently also being used for furniture production, because marble is suitable for all living areas. The luxurious material seems cool and gentle at the same time.
Those who attach importance to exclusive white visuals without marbling should consider Greek Thassos marble as an alternative. Grey and black marble variants bring a touch of luxury and extravagance to rooms, for example, with the types Nero Marquina, Grigio Carnico or Sahara Noir. Familiar trade names for Carrara marble are Arabescato, Calacatta, Bianco Carrara, Gioa or Statuario. Marble is easy to care for, but it shouldn't be brought into contact with acid. The surfaces can be easily cleaned with household cleaners, and a little natural wax is sufficient for care. Manufacturers have a variety of design possibilities when it comes to furniture manufacture. The Decros company, for example, is a supplier of the most varied types of marble, from black to silver grey, which are suitable for interior finishing and as a basis for marble furniture.
Tables with marble slabs have long been popular: Innovative companies and designers reinterpret the material again and again. The "Bellagio" side table from Minotti in the version with a square tabletop of Marquina marble and a frame with a shiny black nickel finish is extremely elegant. With its "Bow" couch table, Notio Living appears to be inspired by the lines of the 1970s. The tabletop of solid brass plate with rounded corners of polished Nero Marquina marble is an eye-catcher. Pushed together in three different sizes, the tables become a practically useable sculpture. The "Titan III" dining table from Draenert stands on a base of materials like glass, or a black-painted casting. Swivelling parts that can be turned out to create a table surface for eight pesons lie beneath the main table surface of marble.
The wall clock from Hübsch Interior consists of a round, black natural marble slab and makes an especially valuable impression in combination with golden hands, as does the "Jazz Shelf" from Kare Design, made of stainless steel, with finely designed shelves of marble. An original idea for the bathroom is "Atlante" from Antonio Lupi Design. The freestanding washbasin is produced in the form of a classical Roman column of white or light-grey Carrara marble. Marble also reveals its exclusive effect as a pedestal in combination with other high quality materials, for example, with the "Line Two" floor lamp from Norr11, the aluminium shade of which is connected to a brass rod that ends in the marble base. &tradition, on the other hand, connects the white marble base of "Marble Light" directly with a rounded, hand-blown lamp head that is reminiscent of a classic light bulb in terms of its structure.
The luxurious stone is used as a marble slab for the "Save Sideboard" from Bolia, and adds extra value to the storage furniture item of oak, for example, with a body painted white with a black marble surface. The extravagant "Curved Alfa" cabinet from Novamobili is given the final touch by its staff-shaped handles of Carrara marble. In the case of the "Soul" luxury kitchen from Ernestomeda, brown marble is used not only as a surface, but also as solid material for striking work surfaces, washbasins and draining basins. And the manufacturer Marsotto collects extraordinary designs from well-known designers in a special marble edition, like the "Sultan" chair from Konstantin Grcic. Two longitudinal marble elements are connected with one another in a cross shape, resulting in a nearly lying seating position.
Marble can be used as a high quality basic material or detail, which convinces through its elegant appearance and versatile usage possibilities. Manufacturers who incorporate furniture and other interiors objects of this luxurious material into their programme can present themselves as trend-conscious and increase their sales. As recent studies show, consumers are quite prepared to invest in sophisticated furnishings.