Blog: From the Bedrock

Why Thin Stone Countertops Are More Than A Look

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Jan 6, 2017 2:10:00 PM

Materials have been evolving to meet the growing demands of a savvy modern market, inspired by European aesthetics, and thin countertops have been making their mark. With changing demographics and some US homes downsizing, a ½” thick natural stone countertop can make a smaller kitchen appear

Topics: Home Design, Technical Advices, Thin Stone, Cambrian Black, Black, Marble and granite, American marble, Georgia marble, Waterfall islands, Thin countertops

Our Top 2016 Kitchen Designs in Soapstone, Marble and Granite

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Dec 23, 2016 11:00:00 AM

2016 was a beautiful year for natural stone.

Soapstone had a breakout performance in modern interiors. Marble pushed past a high brow rep to casual, accessible elegance. And the ever chic Cambrian Black Granite made it clear that black is back in the kitchen.

Topics: Soapstone, Cambrian Black, St. Henry, Waxed soapstone, American marble, Pearl Grey Marble, Rustic modern, Marble vs Quartz

10 Ways 1 cm Thin Stone Makes A Fabricator’s Job Easier

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Dec 9, 2016 8:48:00 AM

 

You had your shop tuned for granite and marble. Then came quartz. Then came porcelain and glass. New options for designers, but for you, new materials usually mean new tools, and new problems.

If you’ve heard about Polycor’s new ultra-thin 1 cm slabs you’re thinking, “Here we go again. Thanks,

Topics: Thin Stone, Fabrication

The Skinny on Thin Surfaces of Stone, Quartz, Porcelain [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Nov 29, 2016 9:41:00 AM

Designers are taking fireplace surrounds to cathedral heights. Clients are asking for seamless shower walls with natural stone veining. And architects want flooring that is thin, durable and rich looking. All that requires fabricators and installers to make tricky (sometimes vertical)

Topics: Thin Stone, Marble and granite, American marble, Pearl Grey Marble, Marble vs Quartz, Tile, Stone vs Porcelain

1 cm Thin Stone: A Fabricator’s Top FAQs Answered

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Nov 14, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Has this scenario ever happened to you? A designer or homeowner walks into your shop with a cocktail napkin drawing for a kitchen design, with bookmatched slabs. Never mind the narrow hallways and small openings in the apartment or the fact that it calls for a material you’ve never worked with.

Topics: Thin Stone, Fabrication

Kirsten Grove Unveils Her Waxed Soapstone Kitchen Reno (and it is dreamy)

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Oct 28, 2016 10:15:00 AM

Interior stylist and blogger Kirsten Grove, recently set out on a total renovation of a mid-century Idaho home that was stuck in the 90s. (Think crystal chandeliers and brown countertops.) She and her husband do most of the work themselves adding character, ingenuity and style to every room

Topics: Soapstone, Waxed soapstone, Kitchen, Black

The Fashion Kitchen: Scavolini and Diesel Meld Rustic and Luxury

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Oct 14, 2016 9:12:00 AM

Because you can never go wrong with a great pair of jeans, two Italian creative companies have joined forces to create a luxury kitchen collection that's sleek and modern with a distinctive vintage vibe.

Topics: Granite, Cambrian Black, Kitchen, Black, Islands, Rustic modern, Scavolini

Inside Look: Winning Designers Visit Georgia Marble Quarry

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Sep 30, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Each year Polycor invites a group of design professionals to journey with us into the woodlands outside Atlanta to visit our historic Tate, Georgia marble quarry. 

This year our designers came from Chicago, Ill. Salt Lake City, Utah, Columbus, Ohio, and just down the road in Atlanta. Designers

Topics: History and Heritage, Marble, Georgia marble, Pearl Grey Marble, Origin, White Cherokee Marble

We're Merging to Lead The World to Fall in Love with Natural Stone Again

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Sep 16, 2016 5:45:00 PM

Today three industry leaders are joining forces and combining their passions for natural stone to create what is now the largest natural stone company in North America.

Topics: Mergers and acquisitions

Historic American Soapstone Makes Comeback In Brooklyn

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Sep 9, 2016 1:34:27 PM

From the backcountry of Virginia to the chemical labs of Merck, and now to Brooklyn brownstones, Alberene soapstone has moved with the times, without changing at all.