In New York’s Flatiron district there is an apartment where marble floats, wood anchors and light hovers.
In the natural stone industry where white is prized above all else, Carrara marble has been the leading choice for project architects. But maybe not for long.
In the last several years there has been an explosive growth of engineered materials that mimic the look of marble. Porcelain and quartz slabs are marketed to a high-end clientele as luxury surfaces in the classic Italian tradition, but with a predictable, repeatable form. So then why are the
The trend is clear, designers are moving to larger format surface installations. And as a result the custom building products market is following suit.
We saw the design trend clearly at KBIS this year where larger format designs broke out of the 24" X 36" box into the world of full
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
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.
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,
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)
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.
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