10 of the best... marble coffee tables

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As an avalanche of new season lookbooks arrived through my door and landed in my inbox earlier this month one material in particular jumped out at me - marble. It's appearing in lots of home accessories collections at the moment, in the form of ornaments, candle holders and cutting boards, but what I'm really craving is a marble coffee table.

After several years of prolonged austerity, which seemed to be reflected in interiors trends via an often nostalgic yearning for the simple, the comforting and the familiar, some of us are feeling ready to embrace a little luxury again - but perhaps in a more considered way than we might have done in the past.

And marble fits the bill. With its ability to take on a highly polished finish it's a luxurious, decorative material, but it is also reassuringly solid and timeless.

For most of us a marble coffee table is probably going to be an investment purchase, a rejection of the type of flat pack furniture that is the interiors equivalent of fast fashion.

Here are 10 you might like.

Above: Normann Copenhagen's Solid table has a white Italian marble tabletop resting on a simple ash base. Stripped of unneccessary details it has a minimal feel and is both sturdy and timeless.

Occa Home - £930

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Inspired by 1930s architecture the TS table was designed by GamFratesi and is manufactured by Danish brand Gubi. Featuring a lacquered black frame available in three different heights, the table has a circular top that comes in a range of different types of marble.

SCP - £345

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Exuding a simple Nordic charm the & Tradition Fly Table SC4 has curved edges and smooth, rounded legs. Shown here in white Carrara marble it comes in black too. A rectangular version is also available.

Occa Home - £1,249

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A powder coated steel lattice frame gives this Scamp table by Blue Dot a clean utilitarian aesthetic. The marble top can be removed to allow you to store blankets and throws underneath.

Heal's - £225 - £495

This sculptural brass framed oval table from West Elm has a decorative, luxe feel and would work well in an interior that includes opulent fabrics like silk or velvet.

West Elm - £499

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The classic shape and finely balanced proportions of Jasper Morrison's Vitra Plate Coffee Table is an option for the more minimally inclined.

Heal's - £438 - £1,007

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This simple oak framed side table by Kristina Dam would also double as a perfect bedside table.

The Goodhood Store - £170

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Bethan Gray's Carve coffee table features a marble top with a carved rim on a solid oak or walnut base. It comes in white or black marble and bespoke marble options are available on request.

Clippings - £1,395

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The E15 CT09 Enoki Side Table is a playful option that will also add a pop of colour.

Nest - £764

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Ferm Living's new autumn collection includes these circular topped marble tables on a triangular frame. Available in a range of different types of marble they come in at a more affordable price than some of the other options featured here. Choose two or three in different heights and colours and cluster them together for impact.

Ferm Living - EUR 245

 

PS - While we are on the subject of marble how lovely is this new marble and brass lamp from Bodie and Fou?

5 minutes with... Eley Kishimoto

Established from a partnership forged in the early 90s, London based design studio Eley Kishimoto strives to create work that is simply executed and clear in intention, exhibiting a creative flair that rejects passing trends.

Living by the maxim "Print the World" the studio has established its reputation through a wide range of outputs, ranging from seasonal fashion and interiors collections to collaborations within automotive, architectural and technological industries.

This month they launch their first wallpaper collection at Decorex.

Which three words best describe your design aesthetic?

Light-hearted, humorous, not just a pretty face.

Who or what inspires you?

Mark: Our lives together, the people around us, everyday life, especially at the moment Lawn Bowls.

Wakako: Food at the moment.

What is your most treasured object or piece of furniture in your own home?

Mark: The kitchen as a whole. This is where more than just cooking happens. It's the centre of the Universe away from the studio.

Wakako: I have a tendency to get attached to things easily, even to a Bic lighter with a polka dot pattern. But if our house had a fire I would like to rescue as many books as possible.

Where's your favourite place to be?

Mark: In an Onsen, with my family.

Wakako: Home.

What would you be if you weren't a designer?

Mark: There have been so many things that I would have liked to be along the path of my life. fishmonger, topiary artist, a pilgrim, a gypsy and professional lawn bowler are particular ones that stand out at the moment.

Wakako: No idea, but something like a researcher of food history of the world came to my mind.

What are you reading right now?

Mark: I'm currently reading High-Rise by J.G. Ballard

Wakako: Runaway by Alice Munro and The China Study by T. Colin Campbell.

Which words of wisdom do you try to live by?

Mark: Print the world, make the world a prettier place, trust everyone to know a thing or two, don't forget the see saw.

Wakako: It's all OK.

 

Eley Kishimoto will be exhibiting at Decorex at Syon Park, London from 21-24 September 2014.