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) installations
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 was
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
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.
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
White Cherokee marble block at Polycor's US quarry in Georgia.
In your design repertoire you have go-to materials, favorite pieces and colors. But your ideas are always evolving, growing. You’re in a constant search for new possibilities.
As you add to your portfolio you push further in your mind
You’ve got samples for paint, cabinets, floors, even wallpaper, why not stone? If you’ve been shopping for materials for a design job you know how difficult it is to cast a vision for your client (or get them to make a decision) without samples. So why is it that the dealers for the most costly