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Jan 8, 2019 | Design, Featured

Verde Magnifico marble

Pic credit: Niel Vosloo

Adam Court, designer at leading artisanal luxury brand OKHA immediately fell in love with the Verde Magnifico marble when he first came across it, inspiring his latest design for the company.

Court conceived the Magnifico side and Magnifico coffee tables together – a pair of hand-crafted tables whose varying sizes and weights represent OKHA’s small artisanal position as well as its global expression. The stone’s visible layers also speak to OKHA’s ethos of embracing a South African locality in all its multicultural glory, while the irregular shapes – a perfect triangle and perfect square cut off at the edges – are testament to the vast natural geologic surroundings of Cape Town and South Africa which inform OKHA’s design process and choice of materials.

Marble is a metamorphic rock – it forms the backbone of empires and artefacts, and is created when sedimentary limestone is compressed by movement of the earth’s crust (the intense heat and pressure causes the stone’s crystals to grow and interlock, forging a new and denser type of stone, marble as we know it).

The Magnifico coffee table’s Mars red Flame Travertine’ distinctly reveals the original sedimentary layers, most likely deposited by hot springs. Made from the wood of the larch tree, a conifer prolific in the forests of Siberia and Canada, the table legs are over-scaled, intentionally exposed beyond the table top edge to create the effect of weight pushing down in a through its playful over-exaggeration.

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