From swirling marble and avant-garde tile formations to optical illusions and cheeky references to the busts of antiquity, ingenious original stonework is finding its way into the brilliant interiors of today.
1 — This small porcelain bowl was designed by De Intuïtiefabriek, a Dutch design collective, as part of a bespoke breakfast buffet set they created specially for the hotel. It sits on an original pink marble fireplace.
Château de la Resle, Montigny la Resle, France
2 — Custom bathroom tiles in gray Bardiglio marble, white Carrara marble, and black Nero Marquina marble create a vintage, textured effect. Bardiglio and Carrara are primarily quarried in Tuscany, while Nero Marquina comes from Basque Country in northern Spain.
San Francisco Proper Hotel, United States
3 — It took eight months for a single sculptor to create this and 49 other handmade sinks from soapstone which was mined in Ouro Preto, a historic town in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.
Kenoa – Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort, Barra de São Miguel, Brazil
4 — This metalized reception desk and marble floor, designed to mimic the formation of autumn leaves blown in by the wind, are the work of the iconic fashion house Maison Margiela, which was founded in 1988 by the innovative Belgian avant-gardist Martin Margiela.
La Maison Champs Élysées, Paris, France
5 — The Falling Vase, from the Design by Motion series, was created in 2007 by Front Design, a collective based in Stockholm. It was bought at Galerie Kreo in Paris by the team behind.
Hôtel Sezz Saint-Tropez, France
The preceding is excerpted from an article in the 2018 edition of Directions, the magazine by Design Hotels—more than 200 pages of vividly illustrated travel content by leading writers, photographers, illustrators, and designers. Buy it here for €10 or get a complimentary copy when you order the 2018 Design Hotels Book.