Across the project’s development, Bleat founder Tristin Norwell became a familiar face in the Retrouvius shop and has incorporated salvaged, reclaimed, vintage and sustainable materials throughout the studio’s multifunctional editing rooms. Earlier this month he gave us the grand tour.
News & Views
10 February 2023
Reuse in Action: Stone & Marble FragmentsShare +
Here we share inspiration from our design studio linking to our current stock of salvaged architectural elements
Stone is a finite and hard-won natural resource. With its distinctive geographical personality, it offers a durable surface and textured palette. Over the years Retrouvius has saved stones from diverse buildings; entire concourse floors, office foyers, fireplaces and dead stock from stone masons' yards...even a fishmonger's slab.
We currently have in stock some beautifully carved architectural elements. They can be used to add a flourish to tiled or panelled surfaces.
As a kitchen splashback use much the same as you would any other tile - the exception being that stone tiles tend to be thicker and heavier.
Specific considerations may be required. We recommend using stone tiles to match other types of salvaged stone with a similar colour and depth.
Inlay decorative elements like Georgian bullseyes with less precious slab material.
Stone mason on costs can be expensive so try to work with the salvaged stone in its existing format and dimensions. Consider patterns that minimise cutting eg. ladder strips that utilise one common dimension.
Stone tiles in fully tanked wet rooms can be used in conjunction with tadelakt. Install the stone or marble first and apply the tadelakt after, this ensures a flush finish.
When combining with larger pieces of stone grout and seal as you would with an other tile or stone material.
Bear in mind that polished surfaces may need to be honed to create grip when used as a bathroom flooring running into a shower.
OUR STOCK OF SALVAGED STONE AND ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS
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#6717 DECORATIVE MARBLE INSERTS approx 400 x 180 mm per piece £85+vat each more details...
#6719 DECORATIVE MARBLE FRAGMENTS length approx 400 x 500 mm per piece £25+vat each more details...
#6718 FLUTED MARBLE PANELS x 12 approx 460 x 130 x 20 mm £65+vat each more details...
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#5804 STRIPED WHITE MARBLE SLABS approx 1110mm x 630mm £275+vat each more details...
#6674 SHAPELY CARRARA MARBLE SLABS £165+vat / £165+vat each more details...
#6720 SMALL CARVED MARBLE INSERTS approx 130 x 130 mm £35+vat per piece more details...