Although British marble was hugely popular in Victorian times, the 20th century saw it gradually upstaged by Italian varieties which are still favoured for smart domestic interiors, five-star hotel bathrooms and corporate HQs.
Made by Simpson Studio, the workshop arm of the eponymous architectural practice in Parsons Green, London, rediscovered this beautiful and versatile local material in the portfolio of Britannicus Stone in Fulham, and has revived its fortunes with a limited-edition collection of tables and accessories. The British Marble Collection champions two types of stone that have been largely consigned to a lowly, purely functional status in the construction industry.
The British Marble Side Table slides effortlessly across the arm of a sofa or armchair and features a discreet rack down one side to store a single book or magazine.
The British Marble Butler’s Tray has a detachable marble top with solid brass handles perfect for serving wines and cocktails. British hardware manufacturers Swarf have designed simple frames for both tables crafted in local timber or hand-blackened steel.
The British Marble Tray Collection includes square, rectangular and oval trays with carved raised edges which are ideal for use as serving boards or storing keys or trinkets.
A range of Candle Holders cast in hand-finished corten steel are filled with fig-scented, blended wax that burns for up to 80 hours. Ledmore and Ashburton marble bases continue the aesthetic of the collection which aims to reintroduce these beautiful but long-neglected British materials back into the smartest living and dining rooms across the land.