SIMPLY MARBLE-OUS



 

Martyn Lawrence Bullard marble collection for Schumacher

Martyn Lawrence Bullard marble collection for Schumacher

 

Last Summer during Focus design fair, A-Gent of Style had the great pleasure to meet Martyn Lawrence Bullard at Tissus d’Hélène. There, the prolific celebrity interior designer (who’d already had a special feature on this blog) introduced us to his new collection and told us he foresaw that by mid-2014 the marbling effect will be everywhere.





  Six months later, his prophecy could not have been any truer. The marble trend has inundated every aspect of our lifes from fabrics and wallpapers to fashion, home accessories, dinner plates, jewelry, furniture or even lamps. With its cracked, veined and swirled illusory appeal, the phenomenon of marbleising everything has become so ubiquitous that A-Gent of Style couldn’t resist collecting images along the way.


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Being part of the zeitgeist himself, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the modern-day
Renzo Mongiardino, launched this year his latest collection of marble wallcoverings and prints exclusively for Schumacher. Inspired by the dramatic interiors of legendary decorator Renzo Mongiardino, the trompe l’oeil techniques of Italian palazzi, and the fine art of Venetian marbled paper, Martyn has created an exuberant family of patterns that reinvigorates a centuries-old tradition for the modern age. The line captures the look of finely veined stone as well as the swirling motifs of hand coloured paper. Vibrant mineral hues and a variety of scales ensure a versatility that captivates as a refined backdrop or takes center stage as a design element with verve. They are at once charmingly classic and thrillingly new.


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Those of you who are lucky enough to participate in London’s Design Week, which started yesterday at the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, don’t miss the opportunity to hear and meet the inspirational Hollywood design guru himself who will be in conversation with House & Garden editor Susan Crewe on Tuesday and then at the Ann Sacks showroom to launch his fabulous tile collection. And should you miss Martyn, you can always catch him on ITV with his new series Movie Mansions.


But for now, come and enter with a  playful dose of whimsy and a worldly sense of grandeur the marble sensation.

“Delicious, dahlings!”




Strata wallpaper by ZAK+FOX
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Pair of Blue Marbled Pillows Brian Gennett


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By Maurizio Galante
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Braceo linen by Donghia
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Louis Vuitton
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Crema Toscana by Ann Sacks
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By Christopher Spitzmiller

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Faux Marbre by Studio Printworks
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By Kelly Wearstler
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Lola Lely / Potluck Stools
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By Benjamin Hubert for De La Espada
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A plate of marble delicacies – for the sake of research
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Duvet from Safe  House USA
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Side table Stèle n°1 by Robert Normand
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The Tiger Paw wall light by Soane Britain
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Zinc Textiles  – Marbleous Dusk
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Vase Origami, design by Patricia Urquiola (Budri)
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Travertino wallpaper by Osborne & Little
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Screen by Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman for Cerruti Baleri
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Swirls wallpaper by Robert Crowder
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Juliska Firenze’s Marbleized One Cocktail Plate Set of Four
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Stella McCartney A/W Evening Collection 2012
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By Ferreol Babin
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Tray by Alessandra Branca at Bergdorf Goodman
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Stud earring by UrbanMale
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Marble cylinder stool by Kelly Wearstler
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 Cole & Son Fornasetti Malachite wallpaper
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By Ferreol Babin
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Dolomite mosaic by Ann Sacks
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MothHouse – Octahedron Howlite Necklace
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iPhone 5 Cover White Marble by Element
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Vintage 19th c. marbled papers, Gold vein Overprinted over Spanish moiré on Turkish pattern 29f9bb5a55f06038b78495711064f7e6


Cole & Son malachite wallpaper
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Travertino wallpaper by Osborne & Little 4f6eaa409bc0cbc83c8a99f5977728a6



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Side tables by Jonathan Zawada (IrèneIrène)
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By Astier de Villatte
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By Ferreol Babin
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Side table Sédimentations by Hilda Hellström
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Metallic Marble Wallpaper by Calico Wallpaper
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Maison Martin Margiela
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Metallic Marble Wallpaper by Calico Wallpaper
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Wild Card notes
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Faux Marbre by Studio Printworks




Dinnerware from Neiman Marcus



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Surya rug by Accent Furniture
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By Muller Van Severen (Galerie Valerie Traan)
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Strata fabric by ZAK+FOX and APPARATUS
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CATCHING THE NEXT WAVE



 

'Wave' wallpaper by Katie Ridder

‘Wave’ wallpaper by Katie Ridder

 
Over the past six months, A-Gent of Style started noticing around him the ancient Asian pattern of the wave and also fish scales. Suddenly, these two scalloped designs seem to appear everywhere before him and A-Gent soon realised they were ubiquitous – in shops or restaurants,  in the streets, in fashion, design and home magazines, online of course and many other appearances. What turned into a game of ‘spot-the-pretty-fish-scales-pattern’ almost ended up in an obsession and even hallucinations.

This is a compilation of all the images and photographs A-Gent of Style has accumulated featuring waves and fish scales in all their various shapes and representations. Now, you too might start noticing them everywhere.
Will you catch the bug!?

 

Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard in Jean-Paul Gaultier, Oscars, 2008

 



Jarrod Lim Koi Chair

Jarrod Lim’s ‘Koi’ Chair

 

'Pot Pourri' Wallpaper by Neisha Crossland

‘Pot Pourri’ wallpaper by Neisha Crosland



Le 1947 restaurant by Yannick Alléno, Le Cheval Blanc, Courchevel

Le 1947 restaurant by Yannick Alléno, Le Cheval Blanc, Courchevel





Owl lantern by Soane

‘Owl’ lantern by Soane

 

Korla’s Grand Kyoto Koi

Korla’s ‘Grand Kyoto Koi’

 





Mountains tile by Ann Sacks

‘Mountains’ tile by Ann Sacks

 

Ashanti by Fortuny

‘Ashanti’ by Fortuny

 

'Fish Scales' iPhone by Jonathan Adler

‘Fish Scales’ iPhone by Jonathan Adler

 

Piccadilly Circus tube station, Glasshouse Street exit

Gate at Piccadilly Circus tube station, Glasshouse Street exit

 

'Easton' fabric by Dvid Hicks, 1968

‘Easton’ fabric by David Hicks, 1968

 

Danish cabinet by Julian Chichester (as seen at Decorex 2013)

Danish cabinet by Julian Chichester (as seen at Decorex 2013)

 

'Fish Scales' shower curtain by Jonathan Adler

‘Fish Scales’ shower curtain by Jonathan Adler

 

'Caducee' clock by Jean Dunand, 1913 , estimate €100,000-120,000 at Felix Marcilhac auction, Sotheby's http://bit.ly/1dvv2Hl

‘Caducee’ clock by Jean Dunand, 1913 , estimate €100,000-120,000 at Felix Marcilhac auction, Sotheby’s, 11-12 March 2014 http://bit.ly/1dvv2Hl

 

Fiona Campbell-Walter in Dior, 1955

Fiona Campbell-Walter in Dior, 1955

 




Koi Dining Table

‘Koi’ dining table

 

Nippon wallpaper by Mimou

‘Nippon’ wallpaper by Mimou

 

‘Feather Fan ‘wallpaper by Cole & Son (Photo by Domino)

 



Cole & Son feather fan wallpaper

Cole & Son ‘Feather’ fan wallpaper

 

'Acid Drops' hand-blown glass lights by Curiosa&Curiosa

‘Acid Drops’ hand-blown glass lights by Curiosa&Curiosa

 

Restaurant MANGER, Paris

 

Gaston Blood Orange wastebasket

Gaston blood orange wastebasket

 





By Atelier XJC

By Atelier XJC

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

'Chou Chou' wallpaper by Sister Parish

‘Chou Chou’ wallpaper by Sister Parish

 

Haveli Pollen tile by Neisha Crosland

‘Haveli Pollen’ tile by Neisha Crosland

 

By India Mahdavi

Interior by India Mahdavi

 

Table by Al Deco

Marble and brass table by Al Deco (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2014)

 



Kyle Bunting Cow Hide Rug

Kyle Bunting Cow Hide rug

 

Tate Britain by Caruso St. John

Staircase at Tate Britain by Caruso St. John

 



Diane Von Furstenberg S/S14

Diane Von Furstenberg S/S14 (from Hamish Bowles’ Instagram – it’s an obsession!)

 

Piccolino Mosaic Fishscale tile by Ann Sacks

‘Piccolino ‘Mosaic Fishscale tile by Ann Sacks

 

The Musket Room by Alexander Waterworth Interiors

The Musket Room by Alexander Waterworth Interiors



'Mountains' linen by Galbraith & Paul

‘Mountains’ linen by Galbraith & Paul



Grille behind a till at House & Fraser, London

Grille behind a till at House & Fraser, London

 

Loto Glace leather hide by Studio Art

Loto Glace leather hide by Studio Art (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2014)

 



Arch in Midnight by Clay McLaurin Studio

‘Arch’ in Midnight by Clay McLaurin Studio

 



Glass Scales by Bob.Fornal

Glass Scales by Bob Fornal

 

By Tami Ramsay

Bed linen by Tami Ramsay and ‘Moon’ fabric by Katie Ridder on the headboard

 

Surface by Brian Gennett

Various surfaces by artist Brian Gennett

 






Mosaic floor at the Fitzwilliam Musuem, Cambridge

Mosaic floor at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge



Silk screening

Silk screening

 

Iphone cover by Cle

iPhone cover by Cle

 

Napkin

Napkin

 

Dinner plate by Jonathan Adler

Dinner plate by Jonathan Adler

 

'Mermaid' mirror by Tse Tse

‘Mermaid’ mirror by Tse Tse

 

Penhaligon's at House & Fraser, London

Penhaligon’s at House & Fraser, London

 

Shagreen cabinet by Maitland Smith

Shagreen cabinet by Maitland Smith

 

Potomak Studio

Ceramics by Potomak Studio (as seen at Maison&Objet 2014)

 

Leather goods by Faure Le Page

Leather goods by Faure Le Page

 



The Mayfair Arts Club

The Mayfair Arts Club

 

Holland & Sherry new quilted fabric (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2013)

Holland & Sherry new quilted fabric (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2014)

 

TL Furniture brass and marble table

TL Furniture brass and marble table

 

Bed linen by Jonathan Adler

Bed linen by Jonathan Adler

 

Ann Sacks tile

Ann Sacks tile

 

Wash Porcelain Lamp by Arturo

Wash Porcelain Lamp by Arturo

 

Cafe Pinson, Paris

Cafe Pinson, Paris

 



'Demi' wallpaper by Harlequin

‘Demi’ wallpaper by Harlequin

 

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 'Ecailles argent by Le Manach

‘Ecailles argent by Le Manach

 

le Manach's 'Ecailles' (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2014)

Le Manach’s ‘Ecailles’ (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2014)

 

Dinner setting by Miles Redd

Dinner setting by Miles Redd

 

Urban Outfitters rug

Urban Outfitters rug

 

Australian Aboriginal design

Australian Aboriginal design

 

Coordonne tiles

‘Coordonne’ tiles

 

Hartmann Risler et Cie (Rixheim), 1800

Hartmann Risler et Cie (Rixheim), 1800


Gents at The Zedel restuarant, London

Gents at The Zedel restaurant, London

 





Finally, a shelf at home with some of A-Gent of Style‘s favourite packaging.
Not strictly waves or fish scales, more of an (Art Deco) fan shape this time
but that’s another blog post!







‘A LONDONER IN PARIS’: MAISON & OBJET PARIS JANUARY 2014



 

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Following on from his intoxicating adventures in Paris a fortnight ago which started with Paris Déco Off, A-Gent of Style would like to share with you his first MAISON&OBJET. Some of you might think it is sacrilegious to hear that
 A-Gent had never been before to this arguably biggest trade fair in the design world. But in A-Gent of Style‘s defence, firstly the opportunity to visit the fair had never risen and secondly the opinions about it were very mixed, dare I say it, almost off-putting essentially because of the sheer size and amplitude of it all (two to three days are apparently necessary to cover the whole fair). So with some preconceptions, A-Gent went out to Villepinte on the Sunday, forty minutes north of Paris from Les Jardins du Luxembourg, to see and experiment for himself what the fuss and attraction were all about – last year, just under 80,000 visitors were reported to have attended the fair over the five days MAISON&OBJET was on.


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MAISON&OBJET Paris is a complete showcase for all aspects of design, decoration and the art of living, highlighting current and future trends, which mobilises and brings together the interior design sector under one roof from all over the world. Held in September and January each year in Paris and also recently in Asia and the Americas, retail buyers, influencers, European and global export companies gather at Paris Nord Villepinte to see the latest design developments, find out about emerging trends and plan the next step for their business. A-Gent of Style had decided to concentrate for the first time to Les Editeurs, regrouped under Hall 7 (there are eight halls together) created for fans of Haute creation and unique and exclusive pieces from the best of the decorative world in a profusion of beautiful brands. Additionally, Scènes d’Intérieur brought together for the first time the talents of extraordinary creators, at the crossroads of craft, art and design.




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A-Gent of Style was ultimately very pleasantly surprised by what he saw and some of the wonderful discoveries he made; he even made it to Hall 8! And all under four hours! All very much worth the visit and ploughing your way through the crowds.

Here is his story in pictures:







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