The advent of technology has fundamentally changed the way that buildings are constructed. Modern homes and workspaces must be engineered to accommodate the demands of a digital era. It’s not surprising then, that lately many architects and designers have been drawn to materials, objects and spaces that seem to juxtapose modern advancements and restore a sense of balance to a space through the use of natural materials such as marble and natural stone.
Revered for its strength, versatility, and timeless appeal, stone is one of the world’s most ancient building materials – the publisher Phaidon has even devoted a book to the material, aptly titled, ‘Stone’. With today’s climate crisis reinforcing the need for sustainable development, stone has experienced a renaissance across art, architecture and design. Its extraction requires only a small energy expenditure, and its structures have drastically smaller carbon footprints than those built of other, modern materials such as concrete or steel.
Architects and designers are developing innovative and unexpected new ways to work with stone and integrate it into their projects, be it fixed into a facade, texture, or floor, or in a more portable form such as furniture or objet d’art. Whether you desire oversized calacatta countertops, a rare built-in black obsidian bath tub or simply to partake in the terrazzo trend, there are plenty of ways to incorporate stone into a contemporary aesthetic.
Meet some of the modern architects, designers and makers who are helping give this natural material an avant-garde edge. Welcome to the new Stone Age, designed for a high-tech world.
"Welcome to the new Stone Age, designed for a modern world."