10 Stone Products We Dig
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.
Tati epitomizes how Swedes design best: Form meets function with the help of quality materials—in this case, metal frame, stone base, and brass details.
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.