From a marble-based table lamp by Achille Castiglioni to a clean slate for serving cheese to a gabion-inspired table by De La Espada, we've rounded up our favorite modern stone products. And for more stone design ideas, view this slideshow.
Pros: Is it a Goomba from Super Mario Bros.? A strange breed of mushroom? Castiglioni’s striking 1967 marble, glass, and metal design is a surefire conversation starter.
It’s versatile: Focused light emanates below, while the holes in its top disperse a gentle glow.
Cons: The Snoopy's finicky touch-sensitive three-way dimmer is difficult to master. When we tried to dim the light, a gentle tap often sent us into the dark. Our frustrations were enough to warrant a Clapper.
We've long been fans of gabions—those rock filled cages usually used for civil engineering purposes. They've made their way into high-design buildings (thanks, Herzog + de Meuron) and now they've become part of furniture design thanks to Britain's Benjamin Hubert. He introduced this table—which boasts an ash top and granite ballast to keep it stable—at the 2011 London Design Festival, and it couldn't have come a moment sooner.
Presentation is everything. Brooklyn Slate Company manufactures a rustic slate slab perfect for displaying cheeses at your next dinner party. They even provide a soapstone pencil to identify your cheeses your guests will be devouring.
What began as one-offs morphed into the Seattle studio’s first in-house collection, which debuted this spring at ICFF. Pieces like this marble-topped table with copper legs exude a relaxed West Coast vibe.
The rich back catalog of modernist Angelo Mangiarotti—spanning the 1950s to the 1970s—provided a trove of designs for the first collection from Agape Casa. Gravity holds aloft the cantilevered marble top surface of Eccentrico, which simply slots into the marble base.
Up-and-coming New Zealand design and manufacturing company Resident caught our eye with their brass beauty. Illuminated by an LED bulb and controlled via a sphere of polished marble, this task lamp is all about simple forms and unexpected material combinations working in perfect harmony.