Contemporizing furniture design

Ramesh Bhandari



With the rapidly developing and evolving technologies and a plethora of possibilities in the world currently, the culture of devising and inventing new and improved alternatives has been extremely prevalent. Whether it is about something as basic as selecting healthier alternatives of food or reinventing methods and processes to counter fuel consumption in vehicles, all fields are searching for better and more sustainable replacements. An exemplar of such innovative alternatives are designer surface slabs that act as an effective substitute for conventional materials like wood and stone.

The exploration into the realm of these surface slabs open the mind to numerous possibilities of design and detail, while constantly challenging conventional norms of materiality.  These revolutionary products are manufactured by machines and thus ensure perfection in quality. With the immense usability quotient, these products are a very efficient deviation from the world of traditional materials.

As the description depicts, these slabs can be put to use in any niche of interior décor and design which is related to designing with surfaces. One of the most intriguing scenarios can be the creation of modern contemporary furniture in whichthe long established norms of materiality can be surpassed with the usage of these surface slabs. 




Natural stone like colored marbles and granite have been traditionally used to create luxury and bar tables and counter tops since ancient times, in palaces and royal castles. The seemingly natural grain and crevices of these porcelain and ceramic stoneware slabs can be used to create interesting table tops and endow an earthy and elementary, yet lavish appeal. Moreover, these slabs are really affordable, low maintenance and lightweight and hence have an upper hand in productivity and usage.

These slabs can also be paired with refurbished wood instead of epoxy to design tables that follow the latest trending theme of refurbished and reused products.



Chairs and stools:

Given the ease of usage and high level of versatility of these surface slabs, they can be customized for making stylish chairs and stools by wrapping them around a simple metal frame. The derived product will be able to provide an exquisite, royal and modern look to the space through the visual textures.



Kitchen cupboards, shelves and racks:

Kitchen cupboards and partitions to kitchenettes can be fabricated with specially designed surface slabs as an alternative to the typical wood and ply combinations that subtly transform the overall fabric and beauty of the space. Instead of fixing an additional layer of ply that might not be able to portray the subtle look the designer is trying to provide to the space, these surface slabs can be an all-round product for a complete aesthetic.

The slabs can be paired with light and mild steel frames to create simple and modernist furniture instead of heavy materials like wood and glass.



Display counters and shelves:

Display counters and shelves with stone embedding on the tops can be very heavy and need a higher maintenance at regular intervals. The surface slabs on the other hand provide much more economically and physically reasonable fixtures in such a design in spite of recreating the same essence.