Blog: From the Bedrock

The Original Green Building Material, Just How Sustainable Is Natural Stone?

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

We’ve all seen our fair share of Discovery Channel shows that analyze ancient temples, classical cathedrals and other feats of historic architecture. Aside from their fascinating stories and designs, there are other impressive details that hold our attention besides our musings of being inside a

Topics: Material Selection, Environment, Corporate Responsabilities & Ethic, Architecture & Design Trends, stone sourcing

This Might Just Be Your Favorite Design Tool

Posted by Steven Schrenk

You know the look. Wide eyed amazement over your array of stone slabs dissolves to consternation then confusion. There are a LOT of choices in the yard, in the studio, in the showroom and the customer is overwhelmed.

How do you help them choose a slab of granite? How do you pair their need for a

Topics: Home Design, Architecture & Design Trends, Natural Stone Design Tools

Annie Roy Wants You To Get Emotional About Stone

Posted by Steven Schrenk

The Stone Experts: Introducing a new blog series featuring Polycor’s experts in design, architecture, fabrication, sales, marketing and geology .

 
Annie Roy
Slabs Sales Manager, eastern Canada
Expert in: Natural stone design, photography

Topics: Home Design, Architecture & Design Trends, Soapstone, Ask a stone expert, Kitchen

Marble and Granite, Better For Traditional or Modern Design? Yes.

Posted by Steven Schrenk

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 or

Topics: Home Design, Material Selection, Architecture & Design Trends, Thin Stone

Delicate and Durable: Baccarat Crystal Uses Stone For Flagship Store

Posted by Steven Schrenk

It's a surprising combination, stone and crystal.

When you hear crystal you think bubbles gently effervescing in an elegant flute, not blocks of rock cut from the earth. But contrast and juxtaposition are exactly what drove the design of Baccarat North America's flagship location on Madison Avenue.

Topics: Architecture & Design Trends, Thin Stone

Marble and Granite Designs Break Out Of The Countertop

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Our love affairs with design materials come and go, some for good. (We’re talking to you Linoleum.) But the stone countertop is a classic that has outlived the fads of Formica and stainless steel tops. Instead of being replaced by newer materials, natural stone is actually breaking out of its

Topics: Home Design, Material Selection, Architecture & Design Trends, Thin Stone

Neutral Color and Natural Material Design Trend: How to Blend Natural Shades with Natural Stone

Posted by Steven Schrenk

There’s no denying the fact that the color grey has influenced recent design trends. With many articles published on the subject in the field of interior design, various paint manufacturers have increased their color offerings to include a growing array of greys. Benjamin Moore, for example, has 2

Topics: Home Design, Material Selection, Architecture & Design Trends

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