12 March 2010

Marc Newson's bathroom

Marc Newson is an industrial designer and creative genius. This is his iconic Embryo Chair.


And thanks to David Nolan, this is his London apartment as profiled in The New York Times on 24 February of this year.

I love his library.


The paneling is architectural salvage, believe it or not. Despite the omnipresence of zebra skin rugs these days, I don't hate it here.

This is the kitchen.


I think it's a little too cute but I love the simplicity of it.

This is a great photograph.


I love the curve of the hand rail and the peek of blue in that field of white. Beautiful photograph, and I wonder how it plays in real life.

Finally, this bathroom is what prompted David to send me this article.


The article describes this stone as slab marble and it's absolutely beautiful. However, I spend a lot of time around marble and slab stone and I'm not so sure that this is marble. I have never seen marble with such pronounced stripes. It's possible I'm sure, but I suspect that this is a quartzite and not a marble. Can we hear from a stone expert? Quartzite or marble?

13 comments:

  1. that bathoom is crazy awesome- go mark newson!

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  2. I'm in love with it too. Now all I need is to know what kind of stone that is...

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  3. Porcher had some really beautiful Marc Newson fixtures that they discontinued much to my dismay. Very nice post!

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  4. Thanks Michelle! Still no takers on IDing that stone though...

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  5. I have a display with Honey Onyx tiles and it can have a striped look to it. My guess is an onyx.

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  6. That bathroom's made with slabs of stone, so it's a sedimentary or metamorphic rock of some kind. What's sold as onyx is actually a stone called sinter. Sinter is a sedimentary rock technically but because of the way it's formed, it's practically impossible for it to form layers like that. I wish I had better photos of that bath. This has been needling at me since yesterday. I HATE not knowing what something is.

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  7. I put it out to a few friends of mine in the stone business and let's see what they say.

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  8. Should know more on Monday. One friend said she saw it at American Granite in Elk Grove Village and that she thought it was from a very new mine. The other was going to check with her stone importer... Nice to have knowledgeable friends!

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  9. Too bad no comments from Marc himself...I certainly wish he would chime in. I am most curious about the transitions he chose at the floor/wall junctions. And of course, the answer to Paul's question would be nice also.

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  10. I'm pulling for Michelle's stone people's answers tomorrow. The transitions are a cove molding made from the same material. The grains don't match the walls, so that tells me that the moldings are made from the ends of the slabs.

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  11. I believe the stone is called "Linac" http://www.stonesource.com/stone.php?id=804

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  12. it is called linac marble.

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