In the world of silks and brocades, the latest fashions are paraded down runways and showcased in sleek boutiques. In the world of stone, you’ll need to check the tile section or out by the potted plants. Charles Luck Stone Centers are changing that.
Modeled after design studios in Milan and New York City, Charles Luck’s seven stores (in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina) provide inspiration and expert know-how to architects, designers, and homeowners. Customers pass under dramatic entryways in Turkish travertine, through Carrera marble-decked “hospitality areas,” and stand before walls packed with stone samples and tables where designers and clients brainstorm with studio consultants. Out back, gardens feature various hardscaping elements, from gravel pathways to flagstone planters.
Charles Luck launched its first metro location in January in the Cady’s Alley section of Georgetown in Washington, D.C. “This area is really a design destination,” says Amanda King, manager of the Georgetown store. “We are in close proximity to so many designers and architects, so clients can visit multiple showrooms in one visit.”
Charles Luck also has employees scouring the globe for new trends and products; it was on a scouting trip to Vicenza, Italy, where Michael Weiss, director of product development, discovered Kreoo by Decormarmi. “It was just so striking,” he says of the stone furniture line. “The clean lines fit well with our current materials.” Designed by Enzo Berti, the sleek collection includes marble sink basins, consoles, and seats that resemble large, smooth rocks. The Eero Saarinen-inspired Torre Table can be used indoors and out (though direct sun is not recommended). It’s a statement piece that—regardless of changing trends—is sure to stand the test of time.
Anna Watson Carl is a contributing editor to GARDEN DESIGN.