dzek presents 'marmoreal, bathroom, furniture' by max lamb at design miami/basel dzek presents 'marmoreal, bathroom, furniture' by max lamb at design miami/basel
jun 17, 2015

dzek presents 'marmoreal, bathroom, furniture' by max lamb at design miami/basel

dzek presents ‘marmoreal, bathroom, furniture’ by max lamb at design miami/basel
(above) marmoreal bath mini and step stool
all photography by angela moore

 

 

 

at design miami/basel 2015, british designer max lamb challenges the mass standardization of sanitaryware, and incites reflection on bathroom rituals in the exhibition ‘marmoreal, bathroom, furniture’. the installation features a new black marmoreal-engineered marble realized in collaboration with material-based design studio dzek.

max lamb marmoreal bathroom furniture dzek design miami basel 2015
marmoreal slab basin

 

 

 

the ‘marmoreal’ collection aims to extend the bathing experience, while simultaneously opposing the idea that the bathroom should consume a great deal of space. informed by his travels throughout asia, lamb adopted some of this eastern bathing philosophy in the design, for example, the marmoreal bath, with its steep vertical sides, recalls the traditional japanese ofuro, or soaking tub. 

max lamb marmoreal bathroom furniture dzek design miami basel 2015
marmoreal storage stool

 

 

 

lamb began his examination of sanitaryware by investigating the roots of personal maintenance habits, particularly whether they’ve been driven by mass standardization, or if the standardization was born of human necessity. his own daily bathing routine became a primary reference point in the creation of the collection, with a hope to eliminate the non-essential objects part of a standardized modern bathroom. ‘marmoreal’ is the main material used in each of his bathroom furnishings become innately different from the familiar standards made out of ceramic, steel, and plastic.

max lamb marmoreal bathroom furniture dzek design miami basel 2015
marmoreal toilet

 

 

 

overall, the interpretation of the bathroom collection works alongside the other marmoreal furnishings that are typical of the designer’s work. the pieces are efficient, functional and designed to serve equally well in a fully integrated marmoreal space as well as varied bathroom interior contexts. all bathroom fittings for ‘marmoreal, bathroom, furniture’ have been provided by water fittings manufacturer barber wilsons & co.

max lamb marmoreal bathroom furniture dzek design miami basel 2015
marmoreal library

 

 

‘marmoreal’ is an engineered large aggregate pre-cast marble terrazzo that was conceived by lamb in 2014. it skillfully balances 15th-century craft traditions with modern engineered-stone technologies in an approach that is architectonic and sculptural. it is available in black or white, as well as an edited range of standard tile and slab dimensions.

max lamb marmoreal bathroom furniture dzek design miami basel 2015
marmoreal side table

max lamb marmoreal bathroom furniture dzek design miami basel 20158
marmoreal step stool

max lamb marmoreal bathroom furniture dzek design miami basel 2015
marmoreal wall light

max lamb marmoreal bathroom furniture dzek design miami basel 2015
marmoreal large medicine cabinet

max lamb marmoreal bathroom furniture dzek design miami basel 2015
marmoreal slab

max-lamb-_marmoreal_dzek_design-miami-base_designboom_001
installation view of ‘marmoreal’ by max lamb at design miami/ basel 2015

max-lamb-_marmoreal_dzek_design-miami-base_designboom_002
marmoreal black, full slab in the stone yard, 2015max-lamb-_marmoreal_dzek_design-miami-base_designboom_003
the raw material of the engineered marblemax-lamb-_marmoreal_dzek_design-miami-base_designboom_004
production of ‘marmoreal’ –  a large aggregate pre-cast marble terrazzomax-lamb-_marmoreal_dzek_design-miami-base_designboom_005
production of ‘marmoreal’ slabs
max-lamb-_marmoreal_dzek_design-miami-base_designboom_006
‘marmoreal white’ at the rosso sant’ambrogio quarry

 

 

 

 

*UPDATE: ‘marmoreal’ – an engineered marble for architectural surfaces by max lamb, is on show at the 2015 london design festival (LDF) within the brompton design district. the exhibition on show at 4 thurloe place mews, just a few steps away from the V&A, presents ‘marmoreal’ in its complete range of standard colours and formats — from full slabs and tiles, to a selection of furnishings. the showcase at the 2015 LDF represents the first occasion in which the public can experience ‘marmoreal’ in its large, three-metre slab dimensions. the exhibition is supported by process images and text, giving visitors an in-depth overview of the material’s progression — from prototype, to production, to application.

  • As usual, Lamb´s work is refreshing and inspiring. Beautiful job.

    FdoA says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

(10 articles)

(30 articles)

(19 articles)

design news