Blog: From the Bedrock

Repositioned and Revitalized for the Future of Work, NYC Building Gets LEED Cert and a Gracious Marble Entrance

Posted by Steven Schrenk

How do you get to 2 Rector Street? You head to Greenwich Street and look for the well appointed 26 story building shaped like a U.

Topics: Pearl Grey Marble, American marble, Architecture & Design Trends

New York City's iconic skyline is grounded in Polycor stone

Posted by Steven Schrenk

No city’s skyline conjures as much American energy and ingenuity, creativity and bravado as New York City. It inspires the whole world. You may not have noticed on your last visit that the spires of its cathedrals, the plazas of its museums and the cladding on its centers of commerce are in many

Topics: American natural stone, White Cherokee Marble, Pearl Grey Marble, Indiana Limestone, Historic restoration, Solar Grey

Ritz-Carlton Wraps Its Lobby in the Thinnest Marble Slabs on the Market

Posted by Steven Schrenk

If you’ve happened to step inside The Ritz-Carlton Chicago in the past few months, you may have noticed its interior is completely transformed.

Topics: American marble, Thin Stone, Pearl Grey Marble, White Cherokee Marble

Natural Stone is Our Favorite Too

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

What do you do when it comes time to choose some stone surfaces for your new office? If you’re a North American quarrier, you choose all the stones.

Topics: American black granite, Pearl Grey Marble, Saint Henry Black, Cambrian Black

How To Create a Monolithic Marble Island

Posted by Steven Schrenk

In New York’s Flatiron district there is an apartment where marble floats, wood anchors and light hovers.

Topics: Thin Stone, Thin countertops, Islands, Waterfall islands, American marble, Marble vs Quartz, Pearl Grey Marble, Georgia marble, Marble furniture

Why Luxury Brands Choose American Marble

Posted by Steven Schrenk

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

Topics: Marble, American marble, Pearl Grey Marble, Luxury brands, Outdoor spaces

Our Top 2016 Kitchen Designs in Soapstone, Marble and Granite

Posted by Steven Schrenk

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.

Topics: Marble vs Quartz, Pearl Grey Marble, American marble, Soapstone, Waxed soapstone, St. Henry, Rustic modern, Cambrian Black

The Skinny on Thin Surfaces of Stone, Quartz, Porcelain [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Steven Schrenk

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)

Topics: Marble vs Quartz, Pearl Grey Marble, American marble, Marble and granite, Thin Stone, Tile, Stone vs Porcelain, Fireplaces

Inside Look: Winning Designers Visit Georgia Marble Quarry

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Each year Polycor invites a group of design professionals to journey with us into the woodlands outside Atlanta to visit our historic Tate, Georgia marble quarry. 

This year our designers came from Chicago, Ill. Salt Lake City, Utah, Columbus, Ohio, and just down the road in Atlanta. Designers

Topics: Marble, Origin, Georgia marble, History and Heritage, Pearl Grey Marble, White Cherokee Marble

Misunderstood Marble, Overqualified Quartz: How Clients Get Misinformed on Material Selection [Infographic]

Posted by Steven Schrenk

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.

Topics: Material Selection, Marble and granite, American marble, Georgia marble, Pearl Grey Marble, Marble vs Quartz

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