Set in Stone

The Manhattan furniture gallery Khouri Guzman Bunce Lininger (KGBL)—known for its handcrafted furniture and old-world artisan techniques such as marquetry and leather molding—has debuted its latest addition: the Terranova table. Launched in January, the stunningly simple design, available as both a 4-foot-long coffee table (from $19,375) and a 2-foot-long side table (from $7,250), is cut from a single slab of Italian statuary marble (fine-grained stone of the purest white). Unlike most furniture that incorporates only thin slices of marble, KGBL designers wanted to highlight the soft stone in its natural state. To achieve this, David Khouri and his teammates chose pieces that are more than 6.5 inches thick and that weigh a massive 450 and 175 pounds, respectively—even after the underside has been carved out to incorporate an inconspicuous solid silicon bronze base. Deep V-cut grooves on both sides of the table add a touch of style while revealing the stone’s layers of intricate veining, which are carefully inspected for undesirable streaks of orange iron ore. Additional marble selections include Nero Marquina (black with white streaks), Desert Gold (rich cream tones with golden brown veins), Absolute Black, White, Verdi Nuvoloso (white with layers of dark green), and Calacatta (white with thick gray veins). Custom sizes are also available, as are metal finishes such as brass and nickel-plated bronze. (kgblnyc.com)    

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