THE WALL COVERING
Italian brand Antolini, known for its beautiful natural stones, excavated quarries everywhere from Madagascar to Brazil to gather slabs and shards of blue agate, which forms part of its ‘Precioustone’ collection. The sapphire-hued fine-grain quartz is loved for its layered formation that makes for beautiful cross-sections. Once the stones have been arranged, bound together with resin and polished into slabs just over three centimetres thick, you can purchase them off the peg (in either a 109x58-inch slab, or the new extra-large 124x75-inch size) and even add backlighting to make the wallcovering glow. Alternatively, have your blue agate cut to a bespoke size. While you can decide whether or not to believe in the healing and prosperity-promoting properties of these gems, it’s hard to deny the wow-factor of a wall sparkling with blues from mauve to cerulean (antolini.com).
Backlit Antolini ‘Blue Agate’ wallcovering, from £5,200 per square metre, Mercado Da Pedra (mercadodapedra.com)