Design duo GamFratesi once said that without materiality a home has no soul. It’s why this season, we’re looking for textures that can take us places. From the craggy shores of Northern Italy to the epic architecture of Ancient Greece, these soulful stones promise to write life into weary interiors. Sharing the beauty of civilisations past. And organic futures to come.
A Rare Find
Legend has it that Renzo Piano would have built all of Europe’s monuments out of Ceppo di Gré if he could. Unfortunately for Paris and London, it’s found exclusively in Lombardy. And in quantities nowhere near enough to construct The Shard or Pompidou Centre — two highlights of the Piano portfolio.
We imagine he’d be surprised and delighted, then, to see it debut on the Clemo Coffee Table by Gallotti & Radice — a sinuous style that swaps straight lines for comforting curves. Gazing upon its dappled surface is a little bit like peering into an alpine stream. The minerals have a rocky, pebble-like quality, each a unique fingerprint of life on Earth.
An Ancient Attraction
The saying goes that when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life. It’s a sentiment that neatly describes how we feel about Travertine. First revered by the architects of Ancient Rome, it has remained perennially fashionable, as sacred a material to architects as prayer is to the Pope. In 2017, design studio GamFratesi, revived its use indoors — a masterstroke that marked a sartorial shift away from more polished marbles.
Today, as part of their ongoing collaboration with Gubi, they’ve re-released the entire Epic and TS collection in a new shade: warm taupe. A heartwarming and evocative texture, its wavy striation pattern promises to invite a curious caress from all who pass. A visual reminder to slow down and find beauty in the world around us.
A Cosmic Affair
Some textures are the result of the natural rhythms of our world. Others are entirely more serendipitous. Like kunis breccia. Formed in the spots where comets have struck the Earth. In our interiors, it has an elegant lunar quality. The kind of style that can’t help but shine.
It’s an idea that’s conveyed with unusual poetry at Menu – a Nordic brand committed to creating new connections between people and places. Look closely and you’ll notice that Kunis Breccia adorns their most sculptural styles — designs that could feel a little spare if it weren’t for that little bit of moon magic. Our favourite so far is the Harbour collection — a minimalist set of tables and chairs that we reach for whenever we need to furnish a space with restrained aesthetics.
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Clemo Coffee TableHewn from a range of exclusive stone and marble finishes, Clemo is a highly tactile design. One that promises to add warmth. And invite a curious caress from all who pass. Available in three sizes, it can be styled as a stand-alone piece or in elegant archipelagos.
Folio BookcaseFolio engages in a game of contrasts, rejecting stringent ideas of storage, in search of something more playful. Each of the bookshelves are slightly inclined to lend visual intrigue. Then there is the striking Ceppo di Gré stone base. A visual anchor for the light and airy shelves.
Goya Coffee TableGoya plays with symmetry to create a petite yet impactful modern coffee table. Its generous tabletop can be customised in Italian marble or travertine, two finishes that lend distinctly different auras and sentiments. Travertine, for its part, is authentic and understated. A little softer, perhaps, than your usual marbles. And yet the marble options lend a more polished look, perfect for those who want to lean into luxury.
TS Travertine Coffee Table - Ø 55All clean lines and plush finishes, the TS table is a firm favourite for classic and contemporary homes alike. In 2021, Gubi have expanded the collection with a new Travertine top — an untreated stone that was once a favourite of the architects of Ancient Rome.
Epic Travertine Coffee TableThe Epic Collection is a selection of carved Travertine tables that recall the enduring majesty of Athenian and Roman architecture. Tactile and truthful, their raw design language works to emphasise the stone's unique veining while bringing a new honesty to marble as a material.
Epic Dining TableThe Epic Collection is a selection of carved Travertine tables that recall the enduring majesty of Athenian and Roman architecture. Tactile and truthful, their raw design language works to emphasise the stone's unique veining while bringing a new honesty to marble as a material.
Epic Elliptical Dining TableThe Epic Collection is a selection of carved Travertine tables that recall the enduring majesty of Athenian and Roman architecture. Tactile and truthful, their raw design language works to emphasise the stone's unique veining while bringing a new honesty to marble as a material.
Androgyne Side TableDesigned by Norwegian architect and designer, The Androgyne side tables are distinguished by their playful yet elegant silhouettes. Originally created for the menu space cafe, the tables quickly went into mass production after proving popular designs, resulting in the introduction of these stunning black and ivory marble top tables to a larger market.
Harbour Round Dining Table (Column Base)When a design concept is boiled down to the essentials of comfort, utility and aesthetics, it becomes foundational. Such is the story of the Harbour Collection — a pared back series of tables and chairs that goes to the core of serene Scandinavian minimalism.