In my quest to find new fresh materials to add to my projects, I recently toured the Cosentino’s factory and was not at all disappointed with what I found.
I get so frustrated with the same old look in countertop material, Carrera marble to be exact. Be it actual stone or a product to mimic it, it’s been overdone friends and it’s time to move on. Not that I blame the countertop manufacturers because they are not the ones specifying it, they are the ones filling the orders. I am glad to see a company that steps out of the box to develop fresh new looks to introduce to the design world and I can only hope that a few will break the trend and bite the hook to create a new momentum.
COSENTINO’S Offerings To The Design World
Cosentino Group is a global, Spanish, family-owned company that produces and distributes high-value innovative surfaces for the world of design and architecture.
I am not impressed with pretty buildings, I am impressed with what’s inside them and I found pride in this company and for good reason. I snapped a picture of a sign that hangs in their headquarters that sends a message of what the company stands for.
I was attending this trip with my fellow K+B Insiders and while we were there another group of interior designers from all over north America joined up. We got to collaborate on an inspiration wall, put together by Cosentino, in order to gather unique ideas from a vast group of industry professionals, for future trends.
A tour through the state of the art manufacturing facility showed a perfectly orchestrated fabrication process that put safety above everything else.
Stone ready for the manufacturing process.
Bags of crystal quartz used to make quartz countertops.
My visit to the quarry with Brian Patrick Flynn, Alberto Villalobos and Karl Champley was as impressive as the Cosentino Factory tour.
The COSENTINO Brands
Sensa is Cosentino’s granite surface with such a high-quality rating that it carries a 15-year certified guarantee. The stone comes from Brazil and India, a region known for their quality. The material must meet high-quality standards and is selected for its aesthetic excellence. It has a revolutionary protective treatment providing high stain resistance which offers a product that should last a lifetime.
Scalea is Cosentino’s natural stone product. Scalea offers:
Domestic and imported marbles
Silestone is Cosentino’s quartz surfaces for kitchens and bathrooms, countertops, sinks and where ever your imagination takes you. This material comes with a bacteristatic technology protection, a unique formula developed by Cosentino that generates silver ions to prevent the propagation of bacterias on the surface. Cosentino backs this product with a genuine 25-year transferable warranty.
What I love about Silestone is the palette of color offerings that is ever evolving. I am simply drawn to bright exciting finishes and I found these being fabricated during my factory tour. More music to my ears was my ability, as a designer to change the direction of a pattern, on a slab. Cosentino welcomes designers to bring to them custom designs, now you don’t hear that very often in my world!
DEKTON is an amazing blend of raw materials used to produce the latest in glass and porcelain as well as the highest quality quartz work surfaces. A technique created by Cosentino, that produces ultracompact material creating a zero porosity and lack of the micro-defects that cause tension or weak spots in other surfaces, creating an almost indestructible product.
So impressed with this example of what DEKTON can achieve, I just had to take a picture of it and share.
Can you believe this is not wood? That’s right, this is a collection of DEKTON called WILD.
Recently, I was asked to design a vignette for a company named Perlick at the KBIS 2016 show, in Las Vegas, and I had the pleasure of using DEKTON’s XGLOSS-blaze, for my martini bar design.
I got to take a souvenir of my trip to Cosentino home with me. In the yoga community, crystal quartz is said to bring you energy. The beautiful crystal quartz will be proudly displayed on my yoga mat during my practice. I can only hope to be as successful with my evolution of self as Cosentino is in their innovational product offerings, to the design industry.
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