From design beginnings to production processes, discover what goes into creating our beautiful marble pieces with homewares designer David Logan.
MARBLE AS A LASTING TREND
Marble is a very important trend at the moment but one that will be enduring because it’s a natural, beautiful and very versatile material. For our collections past and present we have focused on designing pieces that people can invest in and own for years. What I like is that each marble piece has it's own unique characteristics and colouring so it’s fun to choose something individual.
The team and I start a collection by creating a colour palette and because we are a fashion brand we look at what’s happening on global runways. For me, it’s not necessarily about finding a specific pantone – it’s more about texture. For example, if I see lots of tans then for me that’s timber — it's about finding the material and not just the colour that suits the season. For our current collection bluey greens are really prevalent across stoneware and marble, a signal to the colour trend happening in apparel.
As we develop the colour palette we also establish the mood, bringing images together to create a moodboard that shows the feeling of the season. In my mind, we create a house and think of the people who live in it — it’s not about specific products but instead about a feeling. So when I draw and design pieces I always go back to that moodboard and think, does this feel right? Would this person have that in their house?
THE CURRENT COLLECTION
We have designed platters, vessels, vases and bowls in marble but our pendant and table lights are a new addition — with the success of marble it seemed like an obvious choice as a material as it has that beautiful translucency. Even the black marble when lit up has a really warm glow. It’s not like metal that hides it, rather it adds to the beauty of the material. The lights look amazing when they’re on.
We have a brilliant factory that I visited prior to designing this collection. I wanted to see firsthand the production process and learn how they create pieces. They have a vast selection of stone sourced from all over the world. The stone in every country is unique to their region so the variety and colours are endless.
They are highly regarded and understand the quality that we are after. For example, with the black marble we wanted the product to have a beautiful satin finish, so they applied a wax. Most other factories wouldn’t understand this finish requirement, their attention to details suits us perfectly! Marble is such a brittle, expensive, and very heavy material and there are lots of factors to consider when designing. There's always a lot of back and forth with the factory, and you have to be mindful of the shape and how heavy the final product will be – our lights were cut as fine as they could possibly go to maintain strength but allow as much light to shine through.
MARBLE IN YOUR OWN HOME
I would have a raw chunk of marble in my home, like a sculpture — I love it, I think it’s beautiful in it's natural form. I’ll also be buying the black table light because it’s so sculptural and will be really striking against a white wall. And I would style a mineral green, rust red, and white platter on my timber dining table – all layered together with a mix of colour and texture.