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Revolutionizing Art forms through materiality

Saturday, February 02, 2019

By Rajesh Bhandari, Director, A-Class Marble

With the onset of the New Year and explorations in the trends of interior design and décor, stylistic trends are moving towards the integrating of a minimalistic and classy approach. With immense technological development in product manufacturing, creativity and exploration in the domain of materiality is taking on novel dimensions in order to become dynamic and encapsulating. The scope of material explorations and utility has hence become multi--fold.

With an increasing appreciation for simplistic and rustic semblance of spaces, the trend of stand-alone materials being utilized to display multiple visual and textural elements can be exploited vastly. One such trend can be the incorporation of natural stones, marble and processed man-made stoneware as art pieces and statement fixtures, given the huge variety of materials available. The standard utilization of stone and stoneware can thus be lifted to a whole new level as it opens a wide array of applications, providing a cleaner and minimalistic aesthetic.

Walls
Blank walls can be clad with marble or stone with exquisite and unique patterns or textured and painted porcelain surface stoneware slabs, instead of the conventional practice of hanging canvas paintings and wall hangings or simply accommodating furniture in front of it. With a new range of …..available in the market, single slabs can manifest as accent art pieces, providing an easy to maintain feature wall and a cluster-free furniture arrangement.

Ceilings
Specially designed hand-painted and honed slabs can be used in false ceilings voids or slab niches, instead of expensive chandeliers to create a royal and regal aesthetic, while still being minimal and trendy.

Furniture
The natural grain and crevices of marbles and stone onyxes can be used to create interesting furniture tops and paraphernalia to endow an earthy and elementary, yet lavish appeal. Kitchen cupboards and partitions to kitchenettes can be fabricated with specially designed surface slabs as an alternative to the typical wood and ply combinations that subtly transform the overall fabric and beauty of the space.

Partitions
A very interesting substitute for the quintessential materials used for paneling on and for partition walls and ledges can also be found in stoneware surface slabs that are especially hand-printed to give a certain depth and aesthetic appeal and move away from the norm.

Fenestrations
Fenestrations have been stereotypically designed using wooden and glass panels and then moved on to be replaced with aluminum panels, since the durability of wood can be compromised over time and weather conditions. Honed surface slabs can be used as replacement for frame plywood and painted slabs can be used to create dynamic, bidding-free intermediary panels, while also facilitating a radical artistic aesthetic.

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