The Riviera Marble Tables

View all 8 Photos

When we picture marble in our minds, there are a particular string of qualities conventional wisdom leads us to associate with the material. Though it can be sculpted and polished to an incredibly fine, even feathery detail by a skilled hand, we will often prejudice our view of what marble can do by assuming it to be only functional as momentous, hefty statement. This plays out in architecture, sculpture and especially in furniture, where marble is often only used as a tabletop (usually set into behemoth Old World-style designs). Balking this historic notion, the Riviera Tables by Zurich-based designer Alfredo Häberli present marble as few have ever seen it before, reimagining it as a lightweight flat-pack system.

Made from Carrara marble – the same kind used in the Pantheon, Michelangelo’s David, and countless monuments – the tables were designed for DADADUM to be both easy to transport as well as take the genre in a new direction. The stone modules interlock without any additional hardware to create either a coffee or end table. Thanks to cut joints like one would find in a well-built wooden construction, the tables come together in a way that feels incredibly modern, though the process is actually influenced by the natural stone tables of the Ticino Valley in southern Switzerland. Using the stone’s weight to his advantage, Häberli has discovered a system that has the ingenious ease and precision of an IKEA set without opting to create it out of plywood, or give it a ridiculous name. The beveled edges of the tabletop are echoed in the arches of the table’s “legs,” which keep the piece from feeling at all heavy. And to create a lovely detail of contrast, the edges are polished while the surfaces are left matte. In what comes down to a very simply connection, Häberli has captured lightning in a bottle because he never lets the notoriously posh associations we project onto the stone get in the way of his design. The Riviera Tables don’t say much, but by shifting what we fundamentally think of when we imagine marble, it’s as if they’ve finally freed the stone from the shackles of antiquity.

Nathaniel Barlam

Nathaniel

Amid the unrest of earning his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from RISD, Nathaniel manages to find the time to read, write, hang out with friends, play drums, and listen to music. Nathaniel has learned a lot about architecture firsthand thanks to opportunities to live and work in Rome and Brooklyn during the past year. Coming from a family with strong roots in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Nathaniel has always maintained a strong love for NYC especially, and after his studies finish up in Providence he may move there for a while. He hasn't decided yet. You can connect with him via Linkedin or by visiting his Portfolio page.

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

Take me there

  • Design Destination: Melbourne

    A complete travel guide to Melbourne, your next design destination. The cultural capital of Australia,…

  • An Eco-stylish Retreat Concept

    Glamping in Quebec for both nature and design lovers. Designed by Bourgeois / Lechasseur architects,…

  • A Beautiful Hotel in Oia Greece

    A 19th-century home transformed into an elegant hotel. Located on the gorgeous island of Santorini,…

  • 72 Hours in Oslo

    A complete Oslo travel guide to make a short trip to the city memorable. Founded…

More for you

                array(5) {
  ["post__not_in"]=>
  array(1) {
    [0]=>
    int(162086)
  }
  ["tag__not_in"]=>
  array(2) {
    [0]=>
    int(16203)
    [1]=>
    int(9208)
  }
  ["posts_per_page"]=>
  int(12)
  ["caller_get_posts"]=>
  int(1)
  ["cat"]=>
  int(677)
}
            
  • The Villa Chair

    An indoor/outdoor chair that brings together classic and contemporary design cues. Originally presented at Salone…

  • Plateau Suisse By Alain Gilles

    A modular cheese platter that celebrates the Swiss cheese-making tradition. Designed by Alain Gilles for…

  • Introducing Monos Luggage

    Discover the most elegant way to travel. Based in British Columbia, Monos draws inspiration from…

  • The Dulce Lamp

    A lamp that marries Art Deco influences with contemporary design. Distinctive and refined, the Dulce…

  • The Pure Minimalist Collection

    A line of ultra-minimal furniture for serene living spaces. New York-based Australian designer Ameé Allsop…

  • Chromosome X & Chromosome Y

    The next evolutionary step in interior design is Italian. In 2017, renowned company Baleri Italia…

  • The Gota Sustainable Lamp Family

    A lamp collection designed with sustainability in mind. Created in a collaboration between Brussels-based OGSB…

  • The Köllen Eget Desk

    A smart and multifunctional work desk. Designed by Spanish studio Köllen Design, this innovative desk…

  • The Nebl Planter

    A minimalist design that brings the tranquility of a foggy day indoors. Designed by Berlin-based…

Close Cart