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WORDS MAJKA KAISER / PHOTOGRAPHY KALLAN MACLEOD
Marble has always been associated with opulence. Whether it’s matched with über modern fittings, or given the royal treatment with ornate detailing and paired with traditional materials, marble is a material which lends a sense of grandeur under any guise. Harder than granite, which chips easily, marble is suitable for countertops for its heat-resistant properties and flooring for its durability. Due to its inherent ‘softness’, marble allows for greater design possibilities, as it’s easier to cut than granite. However, its porous nature absorbs colour from foods and liquids like red wine, acidic fruits and vegetables with intense colour like beetroot. As one homeowner with her heart set on using marble throughout her home
says, “Marble goes through good times and hard times. It wears its heart on its sleeve; it scars and sometimes doesn’t heal.” However, sealing marble surfaces on an annual basis can protect them. Man-made surfaces, such as corian, however, do have very
Marble is a material, which lends a sense of grandeur under any guise. convincing marble-like patterning. While still an expensive option, corian is both heat- and stainresistant, extremely durable and has limitless possibilities for wild design ideas, as it can be poured to create a completely seamless form.