In New York’s Flatiron district there is an apartment where marble floats, wood anchors and light hovers.
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
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.
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.)
Navy is nice and white is classic. But there is staying power in black. Always chic. Forever sophisticated. (Enjoy your 15 minutes grey, but there will never be a new black.)
What we love about black, however, does change. For years we loved the high shine of a powdered coated finish. We lusted
This year we introduced the strongest ultra-thin natural stone slab on the market. We knew it would be a win for designers creating full slab wall installations and giant islands. And we knew fabricators would love that it’s a third of the weight of traditional slabs.
What we didn’t anticipate
Is there any more classical material than marble?
From large blocks used in historical buildings to slabs for kitchen islands, American marble is THE material for traditionalists. But can it do modern? And what about granite? Can it climb out of the builder-grade kitchen to edgy modern designs