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Marble Trends of 2020 observed by Rudi’s Choice

As we welcomed in the new year, we welcomed in some new interior ideas when it comes to marble with architecture and interior design taking some significant turns in this new decade.  We know marble has made a notable comeback in recent years, but what does that mean? Here is what we have noticed, about how marble is being used and how you can consider it when renovating and revamping…

Keep it on the down-low

With global economic changes, people are spending much more time at home – be it working from home or being financially savvy and avoiding lavish holidays, there is an emphasis on making living spaces more cosy and welcoming. With this, ‘all-marble’ rooms have taken a back-step to make spaces warmer, and we are seeing marble being used in smaller applications that make a fresh statement and are not too overwhelming. While marble is sticking around for the coming decade, its application is changing and giving room to be much more creative designs.

Top Notch

With technology advancing design possibilities, marble furniture has become so popular, veering in a more simplistic design direction compared to the more monolithic style we’re used to seeing. This is particularly evident in tables. From dining tables to coffee tables, applying marble in this manner allows you the opportunity to connect and coordinate your homes design style. If the kitchen and bathroom is where you have marble applications – you can incorporate a marble-accented table top elsewhere in your home to bring it all together. Utilising marble flooring or walls in a dining room may appear overpowering, but a marble table will bring in a chic and timeless feel to the room.

Wall Slabs

Even though the previous points promote marble use in smaller doses, if you have capacity for a big and beautiful commitment coloured marble wall slabs are the way to go. With a massive variety of colours and designs, marblecan turn a wall into a show-stopping accent wall to transform everyday spaces. Think, bedrooms, reading nooks, and guest bathrooms. The best option would be a slab that has a lighter base, warm coloured veins or a fresh pops of colour like orange, rose pink or browns. This will add to the warmth of the room while still having the boldness of the stone. From here your décor items can be selected based on these tones to bring it all together.

Stay grounded

Being easy to keep clean, marble tiles are still a great option for flooring.  You can reserve them for smaller spaces like entrance halls like guest bathrooms, which will still bring in an element of luxury and make a statement to guests, but it won’t over power the look of the space.

Marble From Rudi’s Choice

No matter what your renovation or revamping requirements are, Rudi’s Choice has got the biggest selection of marble for you to select from. Selected from around the world, our wide variety of designs will certainly meet your needs.

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RUDI’S CHOICE MARBLE STUDIO AT CONTINUA

The renowned craftsmen of Natural Stone Warehouse in Paarden Eiland recently celebrated the grand opening of their flawless new showroom, and also welcomed the announcement of their official rebrand to launch their fresh new name: CONTINUA | TILE & SLAB STUDIO.

The launch welcomed the South African design community and media, and with connoisseur canapés and craft beverages on tap, the most expansive collection of marble and onyx slabs came to life. It was a sensory explosion.

Natural Stone Warehouse has been a familiar name in the industry for 20 years, but for the last 5 it has been breathing new life as Serkan and Karen Guvenilir saw an opportunity and took over the company. With their years of experience and pure passion for bringing natural elements together, they have been growing and shaping it, filling a particular void in the market. This has officially been conceptualized, with the rebrand and new name of CONTINUA | TILE & SLAB STUDIO.

CONTINUA re-imagines natural stone with a quirky and forward thinking approach to the design possibilities. Traditionally classified as a somewhat classic, timeless and old-school material, CONTINUA understands the formula to take marble to new heights. It’s a combination of blending a design vision with the most perfect material and impeccable craftsmanship.

On entering the new studio, it is difficult to miss the jaw-dropping display of The Rudi’s Choice Marble Collection. Opulent and stylish, the display is innovative and takes designers imagination to a whole new level of boundary-less design. Rudi’s Choice and CONTINUA have a mutual love for marble so the collaboration is an obvious one.

Rudi’s Choice showcases years of natural stone knowledge and passion, that will remind you that there is nothing quite like the beauty of marble and onyx. With each slab being uniquely metamorphosed, each vein organically formed, and each colour like no other, it is crucial that you view and select your marble and onyx slab in person, which is what makes this showroom so imperative to the Cape Town design community.

This is the purpose of the Rudi’s Choice display at CONTINUA – to provide an informative and inspiring space for the public to experience natural stone in full scale and in interesting applications. From walls, floors, shelving and fireplaces, there are so many applications that can come to life with marble and onyx – come and see for yourself!

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At Rudi’s Choice, each slab is hand selected, so you know you are getting the highest quality material. And with the biggest selection of marble and onyx in South Africa, you know that you will find the best one to meet your design needs. Our trained consultants are here to assist and advise you countrywide!

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WHY TO EMBRACE MARBLE FLOORING

Sourced from around the world, Rudi’s Choice marble is the perfect, and luxurious, choice for your flooring surface. Gracing palaces and buildings for ages, marble is the natural material that will grace your home with style and elegance, but here are a few more reasons to install marble flooring. We loved these reasons that Joseph Lewitin mentions in The Spruce, take note:

STYLE

The biggest advantage of marble floor tile is that it can instantly elevate the appearance of a space, giving it a regal bearing that is hard to imitate. At the same time marble is available in multiple colors, and even in stunning multicolor mixes, providing flexible options for a variety of decorative schemes. Tiles can also be cut to rectangles, and triangles of varying sizes, in order to create complex mosaic piece installations. Image_2

UNIQUE

Because it is a product of the earth, every single piece of marble tile used in every single floor is a one of a kind, and there is no other like it anywhere in the world. In the case of multi colors this can be quite extreme, with distinct features blaring forth from every tile. With more solid colored looks the shifts and changes will be much more subtle and subdued, but still present, making your floor stand out with its own personality. Image3

NATURAL

The look of a marble floor can bring the stunning power and dignity of a flowing mountain range into an interior space. Even if the material is heavily refined, the inherent feel and presence of its energy can have a potent effect, injecting an environment with trembling energy and awe, while also connecting it to the greater outside world.

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TRANSLUCENT

Artists have treasured marble for centuries because it has a natural translucent property that allows light to penetrate through it slightly. This can make a statue, or even floor tiles seem to almost glow when the sun hits them just right. The illuminated effect is much more pronounced in white and lighter colored materials.

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POLISH

Unlike most natural stones, marble is able to take a very high polish, getting silky smooth and shimmering when treated properly. This is a look of sophistication and glamour that evokes the highest sense of elegance in a space. It’s also a truly distinct look, which can make a difference when trying to create a flooring installation that really stands out.

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RADIENT HEAT

Marble is a great conductor of heat, making it eligible for a variety of below surface radiant heating systems to be installed. This can infuse the tiles beneath your feet with a rush of cozy warmth that can be thrilling, especially on cold wintry mornings. In some cases it will also be possible to install radiant cooling systems that will chill surfaces down on sultry summer days.

At Rudi’s Choice, each slab is hand selected by an expert, so you know you are getting the highest quality material. And with the biggest selection of marble and onyx in South Africa, you know that you will find the best one to meet your design needs. Our trained consultants are here to assist and advise you countrywide! Contact us today to book an appointment.

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EXPLORE OUR NEW MARBLE COLLECTION

ARCTIC SKY

Arctic Sky is named after the North Pole for good reason. Its scattered winter white, grey and black veining evokes images of the tundra, with pops of pastel blue a reminder that Spring is always around the corner. Arctic Sky is ideal for any application, whether flooring, cladding or even bespoke furniture.

CIPOLLINO ROSSO

This artistic marble can’t help but captivate its admirers. Displaying the characteristic blended, yet distinct tones of the cipolin marble family, this unique natural stone combines muted, ruddy hues with tar-black and meringue-white veins. As with all natural stone, Cipollino Rosso can easily be applied to your home or commercial building’s interiors and exteriors.

ICEBERG LEATHER

Texture, texture, texture… With veins that look like cracks and its naturally aesthetic movement, Iceberg Leather is guaranteed to make your designs come to life. Although all stone is naturally ‘aged’, this particular marble captures a gorgeous antique look and feel that can work in a modern application or a more traditional setting.

SILVER WHITE

Silver White marble captures an organic, industrial look and feel that is right on trend. With pale grey and white veining, Silver White’s paint-and-concrete milieu can be compared with Bardiglio Wave (Leather Finish), which offers a more intense colour palette. Remember to consult your fabricator about your chosen marble’s specific care and maintenance needs.

SAHARA NOIR

Elegant and timeless, this marble will never go out of style. With a pitch-black backdrop and rich gold and white veins, Sahara Noir has finally arrived to bring a new depth of style to your space. Consult your fabricator for maintenance tips to ensure your marble surfaces retain their beautiful appearance for years to come.

NERO DORADO

If you’re looking for a similar colour scheme, but with more striking veining than the regal Sahara Noir marble, then Nero Dorado is for you. Likely named with the legendary El Dorado in mind: a Spanish name meaning “gilded one” – thick and thin veins combined in a grid-like pattern create a multi-dimensional design with intriguing visual depth – a bold surface that is bound to draw attention in any setting.     At Rudi’s Choice, each slab is hand selected by an expert, so you know you are getting the highest quality material. And with the biggest selection of marble and onyx in South Africa, you know that you will find the best one to meet your design needs. Our trained consultants are here to assist and advise you countrywide! Contact us today to book an appointment.

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MARBLE MASTERPIECE AT VAL DE VIE

 

When Rudi and Lynn Eggers started building their family home in Franschhoek’s Val de Vie Estate, they were drawn to the beautifully balanced lifestyle it offered. With a perfect mix of luxury living and lush vegetation, they were also swayed by the wide-open spaces and many surrounding wine farms that let you experience the beauty of Cape Town’s culture.

 

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One of the non-negotiables for Lynn, was to create something different to their Durban home. Fitting/appropriate to its humid sub-tropical climate, their Umhlanga Ridge home offers cool, crisp, white interiors, but Lynn was eager to embrace the varying seasons of the Cape to create a warm, welcoming home. With the help of Vanderbilt Construction and Icon Architects, the Eggers saw their vision of a new family residence take shape.

 

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From the moment you open the front door, the beautifully considered interiors draw you in. With large glass windows throughout, the home is filled with natural light. Grant Horak, from Horak Venter Designs worked beside Lynn to welcome the outdoors in and incorporate interesting snaps of colour and deep textures on a grey-toned foundation. With an incredibly clever selection, each area is anchored by a signature piece that dictates the style, making the space unique. Elements of high-glamour are offset by a pared-back elegance that reflects the couples personal style and charisma.

 

 

With fully-integrated appliances and a free-standing island the Eggers’ kitchen was designed by Assirelli and is positioned front of house, acting as the prop that brings all the elements together. No longer a space for merely cooking, this kitchen was designed with functionality in mind and also caters for entertaining, catch-ups and even a working space if need be.

 

 

Their taste in, and support of, local art is also reflected throughout the home. Hanging authoritatively in the kitchen and bar area are vibrant paintings by Pretorian artist Willie Strydom, that were organised by The Vineyard Gallery in Franschhoek. In other parts of the home are large photographic prints by Grant Laversha, who is known for his scrupulous style and creative usage of natural light. But it is not just the art that adorns the walls that offer exquisite talking points… On entering the home you are met by an unmissable floor to ceiling wine rack, followed by a jaw-dropping book-ended Panda marble that occupies the wall behind the fire place.

 

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The bathroom, as it is known today, is best viewed as a sanctuary. A place curated for personal well being, where you can escape and revive. In this instance, the four bathrooms each hold pride of place. Three of the bathrooms have wall-cladding in decadent Bianco Ciello marble from Vietnam.

 

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As the Managing Director of International Slab Sales, it was no surprise that Rudi’s passion for natural and engineered stone came through in the finishes, with marble flawlessly in various applications. With a lovely juxtaposition of engineered stone, natural elements and the mix of colours on grey foundations, this light-filled home has a grounded, contemporary-chic feeling to it. With a large family and a love for entertaining, the open-plan design ensures that this home will always be able to welcome guests and good times.

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We Found Magic in Milan

 

Every year, designers from around the world gather to explore the world’s largest and most impressive design fair, the Salone del Mobile, also known as Milan Design Week. Every two years they welcome EuroCucina, which is the world’s leading showcase for high-end, innovative kitchens that took place this year. With over 430 000 people attending this year alone, we discovered many inspiring design elements that could be incorporated into the home to transform your space. Here are our top 4 trends that we identified:

 

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It’s all About the Craft:

Pulling together a vast array of exhibits from design experts from around the world, quality and creativity were highlighted on every corner but what stood out was the exquisite craftsmanship. No matter the price, quality and precision craftsmanship will bring about feelings of luxury and opulence.

 

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The Kitchen Transformed:

We have been expecting this for a long time, but the kitchen has officially moved in as the social and living room as well. The designs, appliances and quality all lend themselves to fit into different areas of the home and different functions.

 

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Au Naturel

We love this trend that we saw – lots of designers are moving toward a more softer and natural feeling to their interiors. Making the timbers, tones and textures the hero, don’t shy away from exposing wood grains, stainless steel finishes and the natural veins of stone.

 

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Marble Mania

In all areas of the home, we are seeing more and more marble! Usually installed to enhance the luxurious feeling of the design, it is also being used in playful ways. Ultimately it is always about quality and longevity, so marble is being installed carefully and in a considered way to add a legitimate timeless appeal.

 

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If you would like to incorporate natural stone into your home give us a call! At Rudi’s Choice, each slab is hand selected by an expert, so you know you are getting the highest quality material. And with the biggest selection of marble and onyx in South Africa, you know that you will find the best one to meet your design needs. Our trained consultants are here to assist and advise you countrywide! Contact us today to book an appointment.

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Authentic Design for Luxury Living

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Authentic Design for Luxury Living

 

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When briefed to create a kitchen and lounge that oozes luxury, you can’t help but think of the beauty of natural stone, and specifically marble. For Design Joburg 2018, blu_line Kitchens embarked on a collaboration of note that saw them creating one of their favourite projects to date, and one of ours too!

 

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Entitled the monoarc collection, the design collaboration introduced the latest product innovations. Contoured angles and subtle curves were used to soften the atmosphere of the space, and the carefully shaped marble gives it a profile that is truly unique and customizable. This is the perfect example of a bespoke kitchen for luxury living, where no detail has been forgotten.

 

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As blu_line explains: “Detail is an exciting component entering the world of trends at the moment. It serves a dual purpose, often affecting both form and function. A well thought out kitchen goes beyond the basic structure and spills over into the surrounding elements. When it comes to pairing colours, take great care in incorporating a multitude of textures and materials – focusing on these fine details often bring the greatest amount of character to a space.”

 

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The timeless beauty of marble will ensure that your designs will not be part of a fleeting trend. “Trends come and go a lot faster than we would like, but with trends like these, trends that positively affect the way we work, live and experience life, and bring an element of authenticity to our days, we see these serving a good amount of time.”

 

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Many thanks to the incredible teams at StudioA, Streamlight, Truedesign, blu_line kitchens and Tuami Zulu, for showcasing the beauty of marble and all its possibilities. To bring a timeless elegance and luxury into your home, visit the Rudi’s Choice Marble Studio to view the countries biggest selection of marble, granite and onyx. Our expert consultants are ready to assist you in selecting your favourite slabs for installation.

 

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RUDI’S CHOICE MARBLE STUDIO GRAND OPENING

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The Rudi’s Choice Marble Studio recently celebrated its official Grand Opening with the South African design community, media and architects. With connoisseur coffee, scrumptious canapés and craft gin on tap the most expansive collection of marble and onyx slabs came to life. Ten lucky guests walked away with a delicious meal voucher for two at the most perfectly matched place – the much-acclaimed Marble restaurant.

 

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Speaking on his years of experience and passion with natural stone, Rudi Eggers reminded us that there is nothing quite like the beauty of marble. With each slab being uniquely metamorphosed, each vein organically formed, and each colour like no other, it is crucial that you view and select your marble and onyx slab in person.

 

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This is the purpose of the Rudi’s Choice Marble Studio – to provide an informative and inspiring space for the public to experience natural stone in full scale and in interesting applications. From walls, floors, shelving and fireplaces, there are so many applications that can come to life with marble – come and see for yourself!

 

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At Rudi’s Choice, each slab is hand selected by an expert, so you know you are getting the highest quality material. And with the biggest selection of marble and onyx in South Africa, you know that you will find the best one to meet your design needs. Our trained consultants are here to assist and advise you countrywide! Contact us today to book an appointment.

 

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The Rudi’s Choice Marble Studio: NOW OPEN!

The Rudi’s Choice Marble Studio: NOW OPEN!

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There’s no stone more evocative than marble. Over the centuries marble has inspired master artists, architects, theologians, emperors, philosophers and even novelists as they went about their art, rule and work. Let the beauty of marble inspire you in your home everyday, by incorporating it into various applications.

 

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But where to begin? Once you know where you would like to have marble in your home it is time to choose the variation would best suit the space. With the help of our experienced consultants, our Rudi’s Choice Marble Studio was created to help you make the best choice. Viewing your choice of marble before you install is essential to ensure you get your favourite and unique slab…

 

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Our full collection of marble, granite and onyx is on display for you to explore, in full slabs and application examples. Call to book an appointment today!

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5 Modern ways to use marble in your home

 

While you may not have an ancient palace to clad, you may be surprised at some of the more modern applications of marble in your home – sure to create a frisson of delight in you and your guests alike.

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Wall Cladding

Since every slab is unique, using marble on the wall is like hanging nature’s artwork in your home. A nice option it to use different tile sizes, which would provide some interesting movement to the space and highlight the variety of veining very well.

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Storage and Shelving

Marble-cladded furniture and shelving add the finishing touch to an elegant interior. Either on the outside of cupboard doors or as floating shelves, marble will maximize the effects of storage transforming them into more than just practical elements.

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Flooring

Complete the look of luxury with marble on the floors. Being a good heat conductor, marble is suitable for underfloor heating systems Visually, having marble floors will instantly elevate the appearance of your space giving it a rather majestic feel.

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Bathrooms

Nothing says opulence like a marble-clad bathroom! For an area that is generally small within the home context, marble is the perfect way to bring in a contemporary and fresh feeling to a space. It is also a good way to keep the space timeless so you don’t have to renovate often.

Kitchen splashbacks

The splashback is a wonderful place to bring in the clean, natural elements found marble, without worrying about wear-and-tear that a hardworking surface would receive. Acting as a frame, it will complement the style and design of a kitchen whilst still serving as am easy to clean wall protector.

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