Women in Business: Snapshot of Steffanie Ball co-founder of furniture brand En Gold.
En Gold is the speciality stone and marble brand founded by husband and wife team, Steffanie and Matt Ball. At only two years old, En Gold was created after the duo were inspired by vintage, mid-century and modern pieces from their global travels.
We caught up with Steffanie to pick her brain on marble design and what inspired her to launch En Gold.
Steffanie, can you tell us a bit more about your business En Gold and what you do?
We are a small, family-run Melbourne based business and we create design-driven natural stone and marble furniture.
Where do you get your inspiration from? Do you have any particular destinations or cities that inspire you?
As our business began with selling vintage furniture, inspiration is definitely taken from the Mid Century era. As our current collections focus on stone and marble, Italy is a natural inspiration. I spent six years living in L.A and drew and continue to draw a lot of inspiration from the American Mid Century designers also. The most incredible spaces can be found in L.A, Palm Springs and New York.
Marble is such a beautiful material which your collections are made from. What is it about marble that you love?
I have always had such a curiosity about natural stone, even as a young kid collecting crystals and geodes. The monumental variation found in this natural material amazes me. Our designs are purposefully paired back to honour the natural beauty of the stone and allow it to shine through.
What are your caring tips for the marble to keep it looking beautiful for years to come?
There is such a stigma when it comes to having marble furniture in your home, people often think that it is difficult to care for. We have designed the finishes of our stone to make care and longevity as easy as possible. Most of our pieces are honed and sealed so just gentle soap and warm wet sponge works for daily cleaning. We also stock the industry stone care leading product range, Lithofin. The products we sell have been selected to work with our pieces, they are easy to use and assist in ensuring your marble piece will last a lifetime.
Can you tell us a bit more about the story behind your artwork collection?
We are very proud to align ourselves with some of Australia’s most talented female artists. Creating a community for nurturing creativity is the intention behind our curated artwork range. The artists we work with are talented and inspiring women where their artwork compliment the En Gold aesthetic.
What are the interior design and decor trends for 2021?
We try not to look at trends as we are all about curating your space with timeless and classic pieces that will last a lifetime and that are uniquely your own. When you style your home to be an extension of yourself and your personality, it won’t date.