Photography: Tineke de Vos
Natural materials are so important to me both in fashion and interior design. When it is possible to use a natural material over a synthetic one, I generally will. I really appreciate the organic beauty of both wood and stone; the veins in a piece of marble and the grain of a piece of wood give each a unique character. Like me, Il Granito have a passion for natural materials, specifically marble and granite. It’s a family run business based in Genk, Belgium, that was set up by Vitto Rizzi and his late wife Barbara Eleutheriadis back in the 90s. Their son Angelo now works closely with his father on the most beautiful projects imaginable; Villa B (above), a project in collaboration with MASS architects is an exquisite example of what their company do.
This is the most beautiful example of the use of marble I’ve ever come across. Carrara marble has been used throughout the building for floors, sinks, splashbacks, stairs and worktops. I believe it’s the full height splashbacks that create the most impact, looking more like artwork than a functional commodity.