Blog: From the Bedrock

Steven Schrenk

Coming to the stone industry via studies in art and design at SCAD where I first fell in love with this material, I approach stone design with an artistic eye developed from years working in museums and galleries curating and installing exhibitions. I carve sculptures in marble and granite which continues to deepen my connection with natural stone. Cutting and fabricating slabs and blocks, working with architects and designers and managing complex installations are an extension of my hands-on skills in the industry and the studio. I enjoy expressing the beauty, and telling the story, of natural stone to convey its timeless message, ranging from the quarry to your finished design and everywhere in between.

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An Inspired Reverence For Stones Old And New: Renovating Place d’Armes

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While cities begin considering lifting the stay-at-home orders, we’re all left wondering when we can get back to enjoying outdoor gatherings again. The possibility of taking short car trips to reconnect with local sights and historic architectural gems that may have been overlooked take on a

Topics: Architecture & Design Trends, Cambrian Black, Sustainable Design, Indiana Limestone

French Limestone & Sustainability Set the Stage for Louis Vuitton Foundation

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The Louis Vuitton Foundation has been a center of art and culture in Paris since it opened in 2014. Funded by the luxury goods powerhouse LVMH Moët Hennessy–Louis Vuitton, the building, a museum and cultural center, was designed by noted architect and king of amorphous design Frank Gehry and

Topics: History and Heritage, Notable Installations, Environment, Corporate Responsabilities & Ethic, Architecture & Design Trends, stone sourcing, Museum, Limestone, Commercial flooring, Landscape Design, French limestone, Stone Facades, Natural stone cladding

Finding the Balance Between Historic and Modern at Bistro L’Orygine

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It’s more important than ever to help support your local businesses and restaurants. We're all looking forward to when we can dine out again but until then, choosing to support a local restaurant when possible will help them operate during hard times like these. In addition to new take out

Topics: Thin Stone, Historic restoration, Pearl Grey Marble, Thin countertops, Bethel white, Saint Henry Black, restaurant design, 1cm ultra thin stone

Natural Stone Cladding: Anchored In The Past, But Ready For The Future

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The longevity of stone puts any human concept of old age to shame. Stone creates a sense of permanence and solidity, even when worn and weathered. It’s been used throughout history as the structure and facade of buildings- buildings that have literally stood the test of time.

Topics: Natural Materials, Sustainable Design, Stone Facades, Natural stone cladding

A Charming Historic Home Restored With Classic American Marble

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Eva Amurri, the multi-faceted (entrepreneur, actress, and mom) lifestyle blogger behind Happily Eva After has garnered her engaged following due to her open approach of sharing her life. She’s shared details on her pregnancies, the challenges and triumphs of parenthood, and her family’s move

Topics: Home Design, Architecture & Design Trends, Marble and granite, Pearl Grey Marble, White Cherokee Marble, Countertops, Saint Henry Black, Interior Design, Kitchen Design, Bathroom Design, interior

The White Granite That's Replacing Carrara Marble is Quarried in Vermont

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The Grande Arche de la Défense was completed in 1989 to celebrate the bicentennial of the French Revolution, however, in the years since, there has been little to celebrate: There were issues with the exterior of the arch from nearly the start. The area around the north side was even sealed

Topics: Architecture & Design Trends, Granite, Bethel white, American natural stone, Exterior applications

Why Do Leading Firms Use American Marble? An Interview with MdeAS’ Architect Partner Dan Shannon

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Courtesy of MdeAS Architects

MdeAS is a prominent New York City based architecture firm that has created modern and progressive design solutions responsible for some of the most prestigious buildings in the Big Apple. A growing list of MdeAS NYC projects include the General Motors Building,

Topics: Architecture & Design Trends, Cambrian Black, Pearl Grey Marble, White Cherokee Marble, Exterior applications, Solar Grey, Laurentian Green Granite

Take a Walking Tour of the Windy City’s Architectural Wonders

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An architecture tour of Chicago is on every visitor’s must-do list. It’s not surprising, given the city’s collection of incredible buildings. In fact, Chicago claims to have invented the skyscraper. Any Windy City architecture tour allows visitors to marvel at the feats of engineering and

Topics: History and Heritage, Architecture & Design Trends, Historic restoration, Limestone, White Cherokee Marble, Bethel white, Exterior applications, Indiana Limestone

Two landmark buildings in the Canadian Capital enjoy new lives

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In the capital of Canada, a city known for its landmark stone architecture, two buildings stand out for their artful facades which have endured and evolved with the generations, in spite of the ever-changing landscape of politics.

Topics: History and Heritage, Historic restoration, Indiana Limestone

Stay Here: 3 Iconic Canadian Hotels Rock Solid in Indiana Limestone

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A city’s historic hotels are more than just fancy places to stay. They are landmarks of a city, woven into its history. This is certainly true of the three iconic Canadian hotels featured here. Each radiates a sense of the city, every bit as much as its most famous monuments. And each was a

Topics: History and Heritage, Historic restoration, Indiana Limestone

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