From a geological point of view, we say that marble is a metamorphic rock, formed from limestone under high pressures and temperatures over an extremely long period of time. Its main component is calcium carbonate, yet it contains impurities that give a specific colour and specific characteristics; making it a wonderful material for using in design.
It’s precisely because of its features and its beauty that this material has been the chosen material for architecture and sculpture from way back to the Roman and Greek civilizations. Even today, we don’t build our houses from marble, this material remains on our walls and our floors and gives our homes that touch of elegance and distinction that natural stone can offer.
A real classic: a marble work top in the kitchen . But, why is this material so precious in this area of the house? Perhaps because it adapts to any style, for its water resistance and ease of maintenance. But be careful! Marble is susceptible to acid and grease stains (if left there too long), so if you decide on a marble kitchen bench, you must be careful with vinegar, lemon juice and oil.
How to clean marble? If stains are superficial, a little water will do. However, if water is not enough, the perfect solution will be hot water, dishwashing soap and a little ammonia.
An elegant solution for the bathroom is undoubtedly marble. Walls, floor and even toilets can be constructed in this natural material, that brings sophistication and fits any style: classical, minimalist, modern… the list goes on. Also, with marble tiling we can stop worrying about the typical patches of damp in the walls.
Attention! Don’t use descaling products in your bathroom for marble—it will wear out the finish and look weathered in a very short amount of time.
In this spa in Mallorca, our architects have tried to create this unique piece in the lobby. How? The wall of this counter is lined with white and sporadically veined marble that has something of a gradient effect. In an environment that is predominantly white, this piece will no doubt be the focus of attention.
There are spaces where we walk that become a pleasure for our eyes. This image is a good example—well better than good actually. A marble floored hotel foyer that stretches right the way through, seemingly without disruption in its continuity—a beautiful thing to behold.
How do you keep a floor like this clean and your marble shiny?
For cleaning, it’s best to use a special marble detergent. After cleaning the surface, you can wax the floor to protect it from stains, scratches, the furniture that sits upon it and restore its shine.
Gates, furniture and coatings: applications for this material are endless and if you don’t believe this, look at this fireplace. Built in marble, this piece looks like an extension of the wall itself; taking even its curved shape on!