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Why You Should Consider Marble Coffee Tables Right Now

This classic material moves beyond floor and tiles into chic furnishing.
Roxanne Robinson Apr 08, 2021
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Marble has evoked grandeur and status since ancient Roman, Greek, and Mesopotamian cultures prevailed. Its power to impress is evidenced for an eternity. It’s no wonder that marble and marble pattern home goods and decor are popular again. The look lends itself to modern interiors, and one of the best ways to incorporate the fine stone is via a marble coffee table. Here, we share all there is to know about these stately sitting room musts.

The Origin of Marble in the Home

Marble forms when sedimentary carbonate rocks, usually limestone or dolomite, transform through metamorphism. It takes well to polish, allowing it to range from matte to high gloss finishes. Because of its reasonably easy nature to carve, marble was used not only to make majestic statues, sarcophagus’ and Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian columns, for example, but everyday household goods. Everything from tables, vases, decorative urns, planters, and spots. Even handy kitchen wares such as small dishes and the still highly popular pestle and mortar used in cooking, baking, and homemade cosmetics, and healing remedies.

How Are Marble Coffee Tables Made?

More recent but prevalent use of marble is the marble coffee table. Here at Nest Casa, we custom-design a range of marble coffee tables. Our Director of Studio Services, Monica Pinzoni, shares the process of making a beautiful marble coffee table sourced from Italy by Nest Casa. 

Pinzoni notes that while they use a wide variety of stones, colors, and shapes, the preference lends to black Marquina and white Carrara, often combined. “We are always exploring new ideas, for instance, we recently used a beautiful Brazilian Azul Macauba marble combined with white Sivec, marble and the result was spectacular,” says Pinzoni.

The studio experiments with new shapes, keeping them linear but also more organic. Additionally, new design concepts are created by different ways of wedging marble together or used separately.

Should You Make a Custom Marble Table?

Pinzoni doesn’t see too many downsides to marble, noting it’s very resistant to damage and adaptable. Marble is elegant; it’s a natural material that will never be outdated,’ says Pinzoni. “It can complement any fashionable, luxury space. One detractor is placement; these generally are the type of furniture that lends itself to the occasional decor shuffle. “As this is a natural stone, it can be hard to work with,” she says, adding, “the uniqueness of the precious material, means you can never have two identical pieces.” (A pro and a con.) 

Custom Designed Marble Coffee Tables

That uniqueness is a selling point for many. Nest Casa tends to custom-design their marble coffee tables to suit the clients’ needs and tastes and to further enhance the one-of-a-kind aspect.

She recommends several considerations to think about before ordering, such as location to be placed. “If the choice of the shape and the stone creates a particularly heavy piece, we need to make sure that the floor can support the weight,” she says.

Furthermore, If the coffee table is designed for an outdoor space, the finish needs to be compatible with the weather conditions.

To begin, Pinzoni and the team create a floor plan for the room, considering the rest of the furnishings. “We want to create a unique piece that also perfectly fits in their space,” she says. Nest Casa discusses the idea with their architect in Italy, Monica Bianchini, who ultimately determines the design’s feasibility from a structural standpoint. Next, a prototype is created from leftover marble slabs or cardboard. To ensure quality and avoid the risks of cracks and ruptures caused by electrical tools’ vibrations, all of Nest Casa’s marble coffee tables are handmade. Bianchini oversees the entire production and finishing process.

How to Style a Marble Coffee Table

Pinzoni feels the versatility and classic nature of marble allow a marble coffee table to be styled in various décor. The recent revival of the Seventies and Eighties designs has signaled a preference for linear shapes. “This style is perfect for a very modern, contemporary architectural setting,” she says. “Design and fashion are often following the same trends.”

Notably, in the US market, there tends to be a preference for neutral colors, especially black and white. When it comes to the sofa a marble coffee table will complement, the sky’s the limit. “It’s our job to find the perfect match in terms of colors/stones and shapes,” says Pinzoni. In terms of shapes, they can start with a classic square marble coffee table style and can then range from rectangle, circle or even a triangle for example.

Where Can You Find the Best Marble Coffee Tables?

We think the best marble coffee tables are the ones produced here at Nest Casa. However, there are many great places to find them. Beautiful marble coffee tables styles can also be found at 1stdibs, Williams-Sonoma, and CB2, who recently collaborated on a line of marble-based furnishings with jeweler Jennifer Fisher.

Roxanne Robinson
Roxanne Robinson is an award-winning Paris-based American journalist covering luxury and fashion industries with over 25 years of experience. I spent over 18 years at WWD, covering sportswear, accessories and fine jewelry. My career witnessed the shift from print media to the digital age. I gained expert knowledge of the design world, wholesale and retail markets as well as the marketing that supports them. I met endless creatives and business people who create luxury from inception to POS with the consumer. My work has appeared in Forbes.com, BoF, The Hollywood Reporter, CRFashionbook.com, The Jewelry Journal as well in-house publications and websites at Bally, Pomellato, Au Depart and Editorialist.com among others.
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