Interior Design 04·02·2021
Stone: interiors that amaze lifestyle
We embrace the earth and the magnetic energy of rocks. Its weight, density, colour and texture are all used by interior designers today in communal spaces
“The mountains were his masters. They rimmed in life. They were the cup of reality, beyond growth, beyond struggle and death. They were his absolute unity in the midst of eternal change”, wrote Thomas Wolfe in Look Homeward, Angel.
We have a need to be surrounded by nature. Close to us, in each everyday activity or movement we make, in spaces with a strong environmental impact. The influence of natural stone, its grand effect and the weight of gravity pull us towards the earth and its roots.
Rocks, stones, minerals… geology is taking form in design and is being integrated into the spaces closest to us. We have a need to touch and feel the detached coldness of all the stone textures within our reach. The more coarse it is – and the less worked – the more emotion it evokes.
A world sculpted in stone
This concept is deeply connected to architects’ works such as Utzon’s Casa Lis (Mallorca). Steered by the traditions of the local area, he adopted traditional Mallorcan construction methods. This is especially true of the local materials he used: sandstone for the exterior walls and columns, and Santanyi sandstone for the floors and furniture throughout the house.
Stone is one of the fundamental materials used by the great Chilean architect Smiljan Radic. “Rocks symbolise our essence on the planet. We need to feel the weight of stone and our own fragility” he says in his interviews.
His architectural narrative connects with nature by creating new orography in structures and on surfaces with large-scale volumes.
Eduardo Souto de Moura has integrated natural mountain pieces into the interior and exterior architecture of some of his works, such as São Lourenço do Barrocal in Alentejo.
This natural impulse has left its mark on certain interior and furniture designers. Going beyond trends, they recreate a primitive world adapted to the new constraints of nature, to striking visual effect.
The designer and artist combines primitive forms with materials such as steel in his Proportions of Stone collection.
His work experiments with, and studies, the balance and harmony between man-made and natural elements. By doing so, he identifies the essence of the material in refined and subtle language.
Chen Chen and Kai Williams
The two Brooklyn (New York) artists studied at the Pratt Institute and are known for their eclectic design vision. They use unconventional materials, and their artisanal approach to production turns their pieces into unique and singular works. They have been exhibited in: Museum of Art and Design, Design Days Dubai, DDays Paris, Philips de Pury, Wright, Gagosian Museum, The Future Perfect, and the Venice Architecture Biennale.
This architect, interior designer and product designer’s work has a coherent and versatile direction, crossing the three disciplines with ease. Lasting, timeless and stable materials are the central focus of his projects. One of his leading and inspiring brands is L’ac by Porcelanosa Group, with designs in stone that are testament to the passage of time and its legacy in nature.
She takes her inspiration from brutalism, taking on her own particular hues. For this architect and interior designer, natural, raw materials are essential, and they should be unworked – as she integrates them into both harsh and serene environments. Each of her designs culminates in a digital illustration, which have turned her Instagram into one of the sector’s most-followed.