A gleaming scale replica of a Ferrari, carved from a single block of marble (from £35,000, first picture), is not the only design turning heads at Lapicida’s London showroom. A giant playing card – the Ace of Spades (third picture) – made of polished Italian marble prompted one client to request a huge Ace of Hearts (90cm x 60cm) as a Valentine’s Day gift (£1,140). And while luxurious frivolities comprise a fraction of the company’s business, it’s clear from the attention paid to every detail of these wonderfully tactile objects just how passionate Lapicida is about stone.
“Some of the stones we use are artworks in their own right,” enthuses managing director Jason Cherrington. “Increasingly, for practical use in their homes, people want rare stones with a provenance. Lapis lazuli, rose quartz and rock crystal, for example, are sought after for tabletops and basins. We also source beautiful, rare British stones such as Eskett from Derbyshire, with its deep, moody browns, reds and black, while green or red Serpengenti from Anglesey polishes up beautifully.”
The majority of bespoke orders are for functional purposes such as tabletops, baths and flooring – but executed with creative flair. One client recently requested a rock-crystal tabletop underlit by LEDs (similar from £10,800, second picture), while another commissioned a decorative marble bath with lion’s head detail (similar baths, £24,000). “One client had seen a trellis-pattern floor in a hotel in Provence and requested a similar design in cream, green and brown for their conservatory,” says Cherrington. Bespoke marble floors cost from £474 per sq m. Large dining tables are also popular. Lapicida recently created a 3.3m table (£4,500) with a Carrara-marble top, honed to a tactile, matte finish, that stands on a solid English-oak base and seats 10.
State-of-the-art CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machines, coupled with an in-house technical and interior-design service, mean Lapicida can create virtually anything in stone – from intricate, water-jet-cut, fine-art floor tiles to grand statuary and even marble chesspieces. Heart of stone? Yes, please.