Blog: From the Bedrock

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

When is Italian Marble Not Actually Italian?

Posted by Steven Schrenk

In the global market, the marble business has gone the way of most industries. The supply chain is longer than it has ever been, with more players and less tracking along the way. And it’s getting messy.

Topics: Environment, Corporate Responsabilities & Ethic, Historic restoration, Myths about natural stone, American marble, Georgia marble, Pearl Grey Marble, Origin

Georgia On My Mind: Designer Celebrates Southern Tradition with US Marble

Posted by Steven Schrenk

When Pam Sessions and Don Donnelly, the husband and wife team behind Hedgewood Homes, decided to downsize their nest, they brought with them a pedigree for building smart spaces, a love of southern architecture and a commitment to local talent and materials.

Topics: Home Design, Kitchen, American marble, Islands, Georgia marble, Pearl Grey Marble

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