Marble is one of the most refined materials used in architecture and design, if not the most gracious of all. However, despite being largely used in construction and sculpture, it doesn’t mean that marble cannot be used in such delicate pieces as are lamps. Furthermore, he fact that each marble is different from one another reflects its uniqueness. The color depends on the attributes of the deposit from which the stone was extracted, something that heightens its beauty. It is a revered material, whose impurities generate different patterns. Another special feature of marble is that it becomes more wonderful over time and use, apart from being meant to last a lifetime. Marble combined with a taste for lighting design, we get something delightful. Go through these lighting designs and discover why marble is even more special.
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Unlike pieces such as sculptures, marble lamps have the peculiarity of not being completely composed of marble. In these designs, marble is not the essence in itself, but more of a component in an intricate composition. The thing about marble lighting designs is that they manage to juxtapose the timeless classicism of marble with the slenderness of the brass tubes and the smoothness of the aluminum shades, for instance. The materials could vary, but marble will always be an unparalleled component. And the result: a sumptuous balance.
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When it comes to sophisticated and clean lighting solutions, DelightFULL is the way to go. The DONNA Table lamp gracefully combines slender brass tubes, reminiscent of jazz wind instruments from the mid-century American music scene, with the robustness of a large cylindric Estremoz marble. This design was inspired by the famous jazz composition “Donna Lee”, a complex and high-tempo bebop song made famous by Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. The marble is as much a classic as “Donna Lee”. And what it does, is to grant some solidity and strength to the light and symmetric to the brass shade.
Another great example is the HANNA Floor Lamp. This is a truly vintage piece, a true classic that takes us back to art deco. The various shapely shades remind us of the different parts of the drums, the instrument played by jazz musician Jake Hanna. Once again, the voluptuousness and ethereal spirit of the shades is held together by the solid and smooth Estremoz marble base. Sensuous curves on the top, straight lines on the middle, and, to finish, a round and powerful cylindric base. It should embellish your living room or office if you gave it a chance.
The ARMSTRONG was designed having in mind the sci-fi aesthetics of the 60s — hence, the curved head. In order to counterbalance the minimalist rounded structure, the piece displays a Carrara marble base.
The same happens with the MILES. An ample and robust aluminum shade at the top is balanced by a flat Portoro marble base. In between, the straight brass tubes grand the sense of geometry that was missing.
In turn, the BOTTI Table lamp displays a unique design. Apart from the trumpet-shaped shades that speak for themselves, the base is conic, which is extremely uncommon. The dark marble of the base makes this piece so powerful that you must choose a special spot where to put it. It needs to breath, so let it be on the spotlight of your living room.
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