A sixteen-foot island topped in Noir Saint-Laurent marble from Ciot takes centre stage in the dramatic kitchen of Tim Johnson’s new King West condo. The interior designer and his partner Doug Rienzo called in Chris Lloyd of York Fabrica to realize the show-stopping piece. Working with dark marble requires a deft touch: cutting and even polishing are a challenge, because it’s largely composed of calcium and is easily damaged. “But it’s a beautiful stone, and unique – I love it!” Lloyd said.
The mitred island was created from six foot slabs of marble, although complicated cuts and assembly give the appearance of seamlessness. It provides a long, horizontal workspace with a double sink. The piece also houses a wine fridge, a dishwasher and a seating area on the end.