The Belgian designer Ben Storms transforms excess marble into the most beautiful coffee tables for his ‘Inhale’ collection. He knew for sure that he wanted to work with marble, but what he would create of it was still a question. Then, one day, he juxtaposed several characteristics of marble and decided to make the complete opposite of them. Cold, hard, heavy and kitschy got replaced by warm, soft, airy and stylish.
Storms works almost exclusively with Belgian marble: Noir de Mazy, St. Anne de Belgique, Rouge Belge, ... . Even as a child, he was fascinated by the stone. In his father's company, which reused building materials, he built camps underneath and between large marble blocks and Belgian blue stone. It is therefore no surprise that his passion for the stone is so great.
The coffee table from his ‘Inhale’ collection is a long stone that is rough on the underside, which is seldom used in classic marble processing
In each design Storms tries to create a lightness that contrasts with the heaviness of marble. The coffee table from his ‘Inhale’ collection is a long stone that is rough on the underside, which is seldom used in classic marble processing, and rests on a metal cushion. A special feature of the table is the reflection of the marble block in the metal cushion, which makes the underside appear transparent. The blowing process transforms the namière metal in such a way that it perfectly resembles the shape of the marble block. Afterwards, the metal cushions are filled with foam in order to carry the heavy marble.
In his ‘In Vein’ collection he also managed to create this lightness in a unique way. By placing a wafer-thin marble plate on trestles and breaking through the coldness of the stone with leather, a magnificent table was created on which we would like to serve a dinner once in a while.
Storm's work is now also part of CID in Grand Hornu. You can still admire his work there until 31 October.