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
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.
Why does the farmhouse sink endure? Is it the sink’s timeless look or it’s ability to hold up to washing babies, dogs and giant spaghetti pots?
I’m going to say both.
It’s time to spec the counters and flooring.
You’ve got a library of materials in every color, texture and variety and the client says, “Oh, no marble. I hear marble stains.” Or “Soapstone? Doesn’t that scratch?”
You sigh and get out the quartz samples.
No one questions the beauty of soapstone counters. But it's the material’s durability that gets people talking.
We’ve covered how soapstone holds up in a home kitchen. But how does it perform as a commercial bar top in a busy restaurant? Can it stand the onslaught of pint glasses and spilled red
Not everyone wants a light, bright and airy space.
The differences between marble and quartz, for instance, are varied and complex, with each
Topics: Marble and granite
Maybe it's the change of seasons but we've had new combinations on our minds lately. Cool mornings and hot afternoons, rustic wood and high polish lacquer, deep black granite and subtle grey marble. (You know, things stone people think about.)
In the global market, the marble business has gone the way of most industries. The supply chain is longer than it has ever been, with more players and less tracking along the way. And it’s getting messy.
In architecture, as in art, there’s a long history of traditional design styles adhering to their own sets of principles and there are those who still study them to inform their own work, sometimes incorporating elements from a variety of styles that span different eras.