So, French furniture house Retegui were already blowing us away with their fine craftsmanship and what sometimes seemed impossible engineering feats but now they have lifted the bar to some incredible heights. Unveiled at Maison&Objet earlier this year are their latest marble creations Arin (a collection of dining tables) and Egala (wall shelves).
The beauty of these additions are not only the elegant lines and heartfelt simplicity of their configurations that we have come to expect from Retegui but also in the exciting combination of ancient and contemporary materials; the raw and the refined. Marble tops curve down to meet timber creating two exactly equal halves of a bullnose. Two fine horizontal lines, grand expanses of marble (the largest table being 3000 x 1150mm) are dressed to impress. The secret ingredient is the aeronautical-style honeycomb core keeping the weight down and the table up. Something of a modern day Jean Prouve.
This is the end result of a fruitful relationship between Basque designer Jean Louis Iratzoki and Claude Retegui whose family have been in the business since 1939 with of course some help from a few very clever engineers.
The new pieces join their marble cousins Petra (side tables), Domo (tableware) and Batela (trays). What a family!
Credits: Retegui Marble