Blog: From the Bedrock

From Modern Rustic to Mid-century, Marble and Granite, Designs That Mix It Up from The Kitchen to The Backyard

Posted by Steven Schrenk

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.)

Topics: Home Design, Material Selection, Architecture & Design Trends, Thin Stone, Soapstone, Granite, Marble, Limestone, Kitchen

Knock, Knock. Matte Black Wants to Come In. [PHOTOS]

Posted by Steven Schrenk

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

Topics: Architecture & Design Trends, Thin Stone, Soapstone, Granite, Nordic Black, Waxed soapstone, Kitchen, Black, Brushed finish

A Stone Desk Thinner Than An iPad?

Posted by Steven Schrenk

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

Topics: Notable Installations, Thin Stone, Granite

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

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

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

How to Talk To Your Fabricator About Granite and Marble Designs

Posted by Steven Schrenk

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

Topics: Home Design, Material Selection, Thin Stone, Fabrication

Can You Get Samples of Marble or Granite? Answers for Designers

Posted by Steven Schrenk

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

Topics: Thin Stone, stone sourcing, stone samples

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