Contemporary interiors are reviving the shapes and moods of the early 1900s, an up-to-the-minute trend seen in furniture, lighting and surfaces. A lifestyle inspired by Art Déco to be studied and re-created using today’s technologically advanced materials like marble-effect porcelain stoneware.

Comparing period photos to current projects shows the degree to which current interior design draws on the dominant aesthetic tastes of a century ago, with a return to the incomparable class of softly veined surfaces. The elegance of marble-effect stoneware is a sophisticated choice for walls and floors, tables and chests, kitchen and bathroom counter-tops, emphasising the luxury of opulent settings and providing simpler spaces with a touch of glamour. With its myriad patterns, this is a material that can be matched with bright colours and with neutral nuances, perhaps adding metallic finishes such as gold and brass to enhance the mood of refinement.

By choosing collections that evoke natural marble, the interior design of any space can create a look inspired by rare and exotic materials that can no longer be quarried or are difficult to find. At the same time, stoneware offers important advantages over other materials used in the past and present, in terms of workability, resistance to corrosive substances and maintenance.