Blocking Out

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Marble soap dishes do not interest David Luster. “I created my company to marry the finest natural stones with the most innovative technology,” says the founder of the New Jersey–based firm Advent Design International. And for Luster, that marriage typically results in elaborate stone projects—floors, fountains, furnishings—of a much grander scale.

Take his design for this chaise longue–style bathtub, which was carved from a 5-ton slab of Calacatta Oro marble. Three craftsmen worked as many as 10 hours a day for three weeks to whittle the block down to 1,650 pounds. Framed in crystalline glass, the tub features a marble drain that integrates the mechanics of the appliance while maintaining its flawless shape. “Every piece we make,” says Luster, “is finished like a piece of jewelry.”

He sold this tub shortly after its completion last year, but he can produce similar examples on a made-to-order basis. Each is priced at approximately $45,000.

Advent Design International, 201.444.0426, www.adventstone.com

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