11 Geological Gems That Elevate Any Design

ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN | BY | September 8, 2017

Take a cue from these natural materials from the past, and steal the (design) show in the present.

BRILLIANT AND BOLD

11 Geological Gems

The dining room’s Malachite wallcovering from Cole & Son’s Fornasetti collection is a stunning backdrop for a painting by Honduran artist Julio Visquerra. A midcentury-style chandelier that the interior designer purchased in Venice from Barovier & Toso’s Murano studio hangs over an 80-inch table with a live-edge tree trunk base from Costa Rica and diamond-backed mahogany chairs. (Tour the home)

TWIST AND SHOUT

11 Geological Gems

Calacatta marble from Ollin Stone tops the powder room vanity inset with a Waterworks sink and faucet. The walls are adorned with Harlequin wallpaper, and the sconces are from Visual Comfort & Co. Barta designed the crisp cabinetry here as she did throughout the home. (Tour the home)

MAKE AN ENTRANCE

11 Geological Gems

The stunning 1,200-pound front door, an illuminated polycarbonate panel sandwiched between layers of onyx tiles, was custom-designed by Dick Clark Architecture and engineered and fabricated by The Wimberley Workshop in Wimberley. (Tour the home)

IT’S EASY BEING GREEN

11 Geological Gems

The dramatic entry focuses attention on a custom onyx wall. The owners are welcomed by vintage Stilnovo light fixtures from Van den Akker Antiques in New York flanking the onyx feature, and an Alexandre Logé bench from Donzella, also in New York. White Thassos marble flooring runs underfoot. (Tour the home)

FIREPLACE FANTASY

11 Geological Gems

A dramatic floating onyx fireplace surround lit with LED lights sets the mood in the master bedroom. Pierre Frey linen-silk draperies complement the bed by Deirdre Jordan for Troscan Design + Furnishings; the floorcovering is from Tai Ping Carpets. (Tour the home)

MAGNIFICENTLY MOODY

11 Geological Gems

A wall of book-matched Silver Wave marble sets the mood and establishes a stormy palette inside the office of a Hollywood Hills home.

MOTHER OF PEARL

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The mother-of-pearl Aphrodite wallcovering from Maya Romanoff adds a shimmery glow to the powder room with its layering of handcrafted capiz shells. A simple sink is set into an onyx-bronze-and-nickel console from Sherle Wagner; the bronze-framed mirror is also from Sherle Wagner. (Tour the home)

SOAK IT UP

11 Geological Gems

A commanding faceted tub, which was carved in Italy from white onyx, anchors the master bathroom, where Shoji screens slide open to reveal a view of the picturesque landscape. The side table is by Holly Hunt. (Tour the home)

IN YOUR CORNER

11 Geological Gems

A custom wood-and-brass canopy bed by Uhuru Design is the focal point of the master bedroom. The bedside tables are by Theodore Alexander, and the mirrors are by Arteriors. White Kelly Wearstler tub chairs sit next to an agate-stone table by Matthews Studios. (Tour the home)

GEODE LOVE

11 Geological Gems

The gray-lavender hue of the master bedroom distinguishes it from the rest of the house. Topping vintage William Haines chests are custom lamps from Dragonette; between sits an RH iron bed. A sculptural floor lamp from Lamps Plus enables night reading in the vintage Liaigre club chairs upholstered by Del Rey Upholstery in Romo fabric from Thomas Lavin. Underfoot is a Shaw Floors carpet from Lester Carpet Company. (Tour the home)

IN LOVE WITH THE SHAPE OF YOU

11 Geological Gems

The powder room, featuring the homeowners’ chandelier from Wyeth in New York and a vintage mother-of-pearl mirror, boasts Alison Berger Cylinder sconces from Holly Hunt and a Phillip Jeffries hemp wallcovering. A Duravit sink from Next Plumbing Supply pops against the wood of the vanity by Lucia International. (Tour the home)

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