Zaha Hadid and Gabriella Crespi played a crucial role in revolutionizing women’s role in architecture and design. But there is one other name standing tall and launching collection after collection, and that is Patricia Urquiola. Often hailed as the mistress of style fusion, the Spanish designer has recently unveiled her Taula collection for the Italian design brand, Salvatori.
The collection features marble tables that are inspired by ‘taulas,’ the imposing monolithic structures found on the Mediterranean island of Menorca, hence the name. These innovative dining and coffee tables exalt the tactility of natural stone. This is the second collaboration between Patricia Urquiola and Salvatori, following Kore, a miniature home series collection.
The design features sinuous curves of the legs which support a tabletop that seems to float in the air. This optical illusion is created by the use of a creative metal support system. The body of the table comprises marble and limestone that combines with metal and delivers an aesthetically pleasing effect.
As a result, the tables look much lighter than they weigh, defying the normal perception of stone as a bulky material. These dining tables have been treated with a neutral sealer which not only helps protects them from staining but also ensures they are suitable for serving food.
The collection features a striking square and rectangular dining table along with a round and rectangular coffee table. Each table is available in three different combinations “from the classic Salvatori tonal palette including timeless Bianco Carrara, dark Pietra d’Avola, creamy pale Crema d’Orcia and the dappled brown-grey of Gris du Marais.”