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.
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
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.
The differences between marble and quartz, for instance, are varied and complex, with each
Topics: Marble and granite
Move around a St. Henry granite kitchen and you’ll do a double take as you round the corner of the island to put your coffee cup in the sink.
What looked like straight black from far off turns out to be black and grey opalescent mega crystals nestled within. This is a natural stone that doesn’t
Designers, including Tamara Eaton (at left) and Toni Sabatino (at right), at a tour of Polycor's Georgia Marble quarry in 2015.
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You know the thrill of installation day when that full slab
If you love leather you know it isn’t just about the look.
Yes it can be edgy, classic, sophisticated. But it’s the feel that keeps us coming back to leather for our wardrobes, upholstery and home decor. And now it’s inspiring our stone surfaces.
Called by other names – antiqued, brushed –