THE BRAND

Alex Mint studio is a new design firm established in London UK in 2017, focusing on producing unique bespoke objects of exceptional design and high-quality materials. The range includes from large scale handmade interior and exterior furniture to smaller home accessories.

THE DESIGNER

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ALEXIA MINTSOULI

The designer behind the brand, Architect and Designer Alexia Mintsouli, is especially interested in crafting extraordinary contemporary design pieces with sublime characteristics. One of the key design principles for her is to combine her ideas, origins and knowledge of interior design and architecture and deliver high-end furniture and accessories.
Her love for marble created well before her love for Architecture and Design. She grews up in a marble factory. Marble is a very common but at the same time a timeless material. Designing with marble was a great challenge for her because apart from the design process, there were also many technical issues that she had to think about and to work on. She always liked geometry and strong contrasts. Her goal was not just to create decorative design items but also to stimulate an extraordinary feeling to the user without loosing the aesthetic balance. The first collection was from the beginning recognisable as something with a unique identity and the brand has already done a lot of projects with interior designers in Miami, Paris, Mallorca, London etc.
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THE MATERIALS

The word "marble" derives from the Ancient Greek μάρμαρον (mármaron),from μάρμαρος (mármaros), "crystalline rock, shining stone".Marble is a rock resulting from metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks, most commonly limestone or dolomite rock. Metamorphism causes variable recrystallization of the original carbonate mineral grains.
Pure white marble is the result of metamorphism of a very pure limestone or dolomite protolith. The characteristic swirls and veins of many colored marble varieties are usually due to various mineral impurities such as clay, silt, sand, iron oxides, or chert which were originally present as grains or layers in the limestone. Green coloration is often due to serpentine resulting from originally magnesium-rich limestone or dolostone with silica impurities. These various impurities have been mobilized and recrystallized by the intense pressure and heat of the metamorphism.

Marble processing is a fascinating art.

From the quarry and until they are loaded onto containers ready for shipment, marble slabs go through different transformation phases depending on the needs.

Polishing and sealing is the main procedure in marble fabrication as it defines the true value of marble. Then they pass under polishing heads which begin with very coarse diamond abrasives, and then move to finer and finer grit abrasives, just like sanding wood. Polished marbles are then taken for a uniform spray of epoxy sealer on the surface of the stone and dried under heat lamps.

Marble and stone collected from all over the world and combined carefully with timber and metal details are the main materials featured, with the marble to stand as the brand’s main material used for the new range of tables launched in 2018. Every product is a result of a handmade process and every piece is unique. EVERYTHING STARTS FROM THE SELECTION OF THE PERFECT RAW MATERIAL.
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