The secret to making a place unique and exclusive lies in the details. Part of the prestigious Relais Châteaux collection, Villa Korta Katarina stands on the coast in the picturesque seaside town of Orebić in Croatia. This spellbinding spot in breathtaking natural surroundings is owned by American philanthropists Lee and Penny Anderson, who bought it after falling in love with the area. After more than a decade of planning, they finally realized their dream of creating a beautifully balanced blend of exclusive luxury, outstanding gourmet cuisine and exceptional wine.
Margraf marble has been used in this striking setting to embellish the interior of the main building. The eye-catching, majestic flooring in the lobby is made of Botticino Classico that is given an antique finish by a special etching and brushing technique. The material is adorned with fine inlaid floral decorations made of Verde Alpi, Giallo Reale Rosato, Rosso Asiago, Nero Marquinia, and Dark Emperador.
Marie Meko (Allied ASID member) of Gabberts Design Studio is behind the living area and the eight suites, each of which is different. They were designed individually and feature unique details, bespoke finishes and the classic style of distinctive solid fireplaces made of Crema Marfil and Bianco Venezia marble.
The combination of marble’s unique properties and an unparalleled design, consulting and laying service mean that Margraf can play a crucial role as a strategic partner for international architects, interior designers and contractors who want to create not just peerless buildings but highly distinctive, exclusive developments.
Quantity and types of Margraf marble used
Floors and walls (thickness 2 cm) – antique finish produced with a special marble etching and brushing technique:
– 100 m² of Botticino Classico flooring with inlaid floral decorations (Verde Alpi, Giallo
Reale Rosato, Rosso Asiago, Nero Marquinia, and Dark Emperador)
– 80 m² of Botticino Classico and Verde Alpi on the walls
Solid fireplaces: Three made of Bianco Venezia and two made of Crema Marfil
Location: Orebić, Croatia
Association: Relais & Châteaux
Owners: Lee and Penny Anderson
Interior design: Marie Meko (Allied ASID member) – Gabberts Design Studio
Contractor: Alfaplan Gradenje d.o.o.
Margraf’s story (former Industria Marmi Vicentini) started in Chiampo (province of Vicenza) in 1906. Since its early start, the company devoted to accurate research work and development of new technologies, working in tight collaboration with famous international architects. Today, after more than a century, Margraf is a leading, world stakeholder in this field. Among many other pluses, Margraf owes its worldwide established reputation to its skilful extraction of marble and the ability to transform it into finished, polished slabs or tiny tiles and to provide a huge array of precious materials and excellent products for building construction and architecture (from the cladding of inner and external walls, to interior design items, to bathroom and kitchen decoration). On top of all this, Margraf ensures extensive environmental compliance investing any efforts to minimize any possible kind of environmental impact. This includes the use of cutting-edge technologies, the implementation of landscape recovery and energy saving practices, as well as the exploitation of renewable resources. Margraf is a perfect merging of past and present forming a first-class enterprise eagerly turned to the future.
Nicolò Soranzo | GAGLIARDI & PARTNERS