While marbling continues as a mega interiors trend, check out these masters in the art of swirling colour.

Like many of the finest ideas, Compton Marbling began in a garden shed in the 1970s. Inspired by the marbling she’d seen in the library at Stanford University in California, founder Solveig Stone honed her craft with oil paint and a homemade marbling tank.

When she outgrew the shed, she moved her studio to some beautifully restored farm buildings on the Wiltshire/Dorset border. It is from there that Compton Marbling’s array of exquisite handmade papers and homewares are produced today.

It sounds like an idyllic family set-up. Solveig’s husband, a typographic designer, created the brand’s logo. Clementine, one of their four daughters, runs a lifestyle shop from the same farm buildings in which her parents work.

Compton Marbling represents the perfect fusion of old-fashioned technique (marbling’s origins are in the 15th century) and modern convenience (a slick, beautiful site showcases this stunning range of pieces for the home).

These days, its designs are produced using both oil paints and water-based paints. Using a brush, the colours are splattered onto the surface of a shallow tank of a solution made of Carragheen moss (a hand-drawn image of which is the logo). The floating paints create a pattern, which is absorbed onto a sheet of paper that has been laid onto the surface.



From lampshades and photograph frames to match boxes and tablemats, Compton Marbling’s collection is divine.

Organise your office with their pretty letter trays.

Stock up on their stunning papers, which are available by the sheet and look good enough to frame.



And just you try to resist the unbelievably well-priced notebooks, address books and sketch books.



The brand’s excellent aesthetic runs through their Instagram feed @comptonmarbling which will seriously whet your appetite.

The FT’s How To Spend It magazine calls these designs “mesmerizing”. It’s time to check them out for yourself.

January 2019