A "multiplier" floor

Marble surfaces in retail design

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Marble plays a strategic role in the processes of functional and aesthetic transformation of interiors for contemporary retail where it also exhibits a two-sided identity, characterized by the traditional values of prestige and durability inherent in its history and structure and, at the same time, by a flexible availability to application polymorphism and contamination, ensured by innovative digital design and automated production technologies.

Such is the case of a recently completed eyewear boutique in London where a chased floor takes shape through the combination of four different marbles: the Calacatta Oro, Bardiglio Gray, Il Verde Alpi and Nero Marquinia. The lithic materials with patinated surface finishes feature hues ranging from green to black, through shades of cream or grays, with unitized, veined or arabesque patterns.

The floor layout, inspired by that of Gio Ponti for Villa Planchart in Caracas, highlights a geometric and chromatic composition of triangles brought together to create a large abstract design, multiplying shapes and axes that expand the space. Marbles dialogue with chromed metals, crystal, mirrors and large backlit vertical surfaces in a sumptuous kaleidoscope with strongly identifiable and attractive characters.