Ok where were we? Ah yes, I believe I promised you something to do with rhino poop and a surprise inside the shower. In Part III, the final installment of my Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS2017) recap, I’m going to deliver just that as I share with you two really cool surface manufacturers that are game changers in the world of design. The first is from the tradition of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Have I ever mentioned how much I love quartz countertops? If not, I have been remiss. Quartz tops, composed of 93% quartz and 7% resins, are the ultimate in durability, come in a variety of looks and are so easy to care for. What could be better? My favorite brand when it comes to quartz counter tops is Cambria. I love their selection of patterns and colors plus they make it so easy, all the colors are the same price! I was thrilled to be invited, earlier this month, to the local launch of two new additions to their luxurious Marble Collection, Ella and Brittanicca.
I’m in love. Let me back up a moment. You all know how I like quartz counter tops and I will continue to sing their praises BUT this is LOVE. You’re looking at a “petrified wood ammonite counter top”, made from natural wood turned to stone, over time, and ammonite shells. These components are fit together and formed into a slab using clear resins. Read more
The last few posts we have been exploring the big questions I get from clients who are in the market for a new kitchen. Today we are up to #4, and it’s a biggie. What counter top should we get? Counter tops are a main component of the kitchen. They have to look right but more importantly they must stand up to daily use. During the 50s, 60s and 70s , other than the odd wood or tile counter top, most of us had laminate counters. Formica ruled the roost. To be fair, laminates have come a long way and are quite popular in Europe. They are not as indestructible as granite or quartz but the price is right. Truth be told, back in the day, it was not unheard of to have a laminate top last 30 years or more!
As a kitchen designer, quartz has been my long time favorite choice for kitchen counter tops. The reasons include durability, ease of maintenance and all the available choices for color and visual texture. Cosentino, maker of Silestone as well as other new counter top products, is the world’s largest manufacturer of natural quartz. Read more