The tinted concrete used to form the walls was the starting point for us when embarking on the travertine selection for this stunning ground-breaking property in The Cotswolds.
We initially thought we would have a few possibilities that would work well with the reddish, earthy brown tones of the concrete but after a number of initial sample reviews it became apparent that it wasn’t going to be as easy as we had thought with the various tonalities and structures of the samples we sourced were not quite hitting the mark.
The search started with a red travertine, from Iran but ended in Italy when one of our travertine specialists suggested a specific bench of a type of Noce Travertine from a quarry in Tivoli. In addition to the colour, we were to also try to find a travertine with very defined banding and this box was well and truly ticked by the chosen material with colours from cream to black as well as essential earthy browns.
The various blocks were selected by the client, architect and GDS in the quarry in accordance with their specific application within the project. We selected heavily banded material for statement pieces and plainer, more muted blocks for the larger expanses of cladding such as shower walls.
The blocks were then brought to our factory in Tuscany where we began the incredibly challenging task of working out how to cut all the solid carved furniture items and the cladding, playing with a mix of vein-cut and crosscut elements from each block.
From solid carved vanities and baths to the 8m long kitchen island clad fully in fluted travertine from the door and drawer fronts to the solid curved end panels.