Trend Alert: Sculptural Marble Backsplashes

Several months ago, we presented a kitchen sink with a marble backsplash that goes up in a curve. This simple flowering – evocative of classic Italian sinks, fountains of Antiquity and boudoir bathrooms – captured our imagination and sent us to seek more.

It took some research, but we finally found some original thinkers who see the backsplashes as practical. and decoration possibilities. Here, nine remarkable examples of their work.

Kitchen and pantry

Small colorful kitchen, London, designed by Beata Heuman. Above: interior designer Beata Heuman decorated a London apartment with a halo in Carrara marble. Go to Paddington Pied-à-Terre to see the whole project.
Reath Design Little Holmby house, LA, kitchen. Photo by Laure Joliet. Above: the backsplash that allowed us to start this hunt: Frances Merrill of Reath Design designed this bar sink in white Namibian marble for a Mediterranean style house of the 1920s: see LA Autumnal, a makeover made up in jewelry tones. The brass faucet with one handle is from Watermark. Photograph by Laure Joliet.
Sussex cottage skirted sink designed by Beata Heuman. Above: In a Sussex chalet, Beata Heuman lined the utility sink with striped linen and detailed the marble backsplash with a subtle sheen. Cabinets covered with seagrass contain a washer / dryer and cleaning products.
Above: Cathy and Garrett Poshusta talk about the renovations to their old house in their blog, The Grit and The Polish. Shown here, their own pantry on their farm in Ellensburg, Washington, with a backsplash cut, sanded and sharpened by Garrett. “He added the concave corners for me,” says Cathy. “I love the fact that it feels old world and fresh at the same time.” Watch their video of the process here.


Bathroom with marble outline and curved backsplash, designed by Beata Heuman for a Sussex chalet. Above: For this highlight of Sussex, Beata Heuman applied what she calls a “backsplash” of richly veined Arabescato marble to the bathtub. “Thanks to the height and the wooden floor, the room seemed to need more stone to add drama and theatricality,” says Heuman.
Il Palazzo Experimental Hotel, Venice, Chzon Design. Above: At the Il Palazzo Experimental hotel in Venice, a new hotel designed by Dorothée Meilichzon, the favorite of Remodelista de Chzon Design, the mine and the bathroom mirrors are framed in marble.
Photograph of Karel Balas, courtesy of Henrietta Hotel. Above: More curves in another Chzon design: the Henrietta Hotel – see A London hotel with a sense of Joie de Vivre.
Curved marble sink at No. 92, Melbourne. Design by Pattern Studio. Photo Traianos Pakioufakis. Above: The toilets of restaurant No. 92 in Melbourne showcase this antique marble basin from Turkey. The Pattern Studio team designed the space to “evoke a refined interpretation of an intimate living room”. Photograph of Traianos Pakioufakis.
Sussex cottage bathroom sink designed by Beata Heuman. Above: In a pink and green bath in the same Sussex chalet, Beata Heuman used aero, a gray limestone finished with a classic sink backsplash.

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