When you think of Washington D.C., the words “heritage” and “tradition” immediately come to mind.
California designer Brooke Wagner knew just what she wanted for her personal kitchen, a warm atmosphere with touchable marble surfaces with that time worn texture you might find in a 150 year old French bakery. She just didn’t know where to get it.
It’s a dangerous situation. An architect who specializes in restaurant design let loose to design his own kitchen. There’s no end to the resources and ideas at his disposal. But if you’re Kellen Minor of Decatur, GA you take a cue from the classics and give it a modern update.
Cabinetmakers aren’t the only ones who can claim their mark on the custom kitchen. Natural stone fabricators are chiseling and carving their way into custom spaces through an unlikely medium - natural stone sinks.
In New York’s Flatiron district there is an apartment where marble floats, wood anchors and light hovers.
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
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.
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)
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.