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Countertops 2015


Strong and stable. Timelessly beautiful. Safe and easy.  These are among key elements and attributes of today’s newest and best countertops as described by the companies that make them. Countertops are integral components in the function and style of kitchens and bathrooms. Selecting the right materials ensures that a project fulfills a consumer’s needs and dreams. Following is a small sample of the exciting and varied options that are bringing strength, beauty, convenience and more to today’s kitchens and baths.



Selecting multiple surface options for a project has long been a daunting task. Matching different products and finishes has turned low-pressure and high-pressure options into, quite simply, a lot of pressure. Until now. Wilsonart Coordinated Surfaces has combined their high-pressure laminate, thermally fused laminate panels and edgeband into convenient, best-matched collections to make specifying coordinating surfaces a breeze. When you select a Wilsonart design for your project, you can be confident it will look just as you had planned. Wilsonart Coordinated Surfaces gives you the best possible matches in surface design and texture, no matter which pattern is used. Even more assuring is knowing it is all backed by the superior product quality and service you’ve come to expect from Wilsonart.


One of 10 new colors launched in January 2015, Fresh Concrete is Caesarstone’s answer to the ever-growing industrial trend, inspired by concrete with the benefits of Caesarstone quartz.




Formica Corp., the inventor of laminate, introduces four new additions to its 180fx laminate line. 180fx features a large repeat pattern that captures the natural detail of wood and stone for true-to-scale visual drama, with the durability and low maintenance of laminate. The large repeat pattern provides a realistic appearance for applications, including countertops, islands and tables. The new 180fx designs focus on a modern and sophisticated neutral palette and are versatile enough to pair with any interior design concept.





Turn recycled paper into a durable attractive surface? That is what PaperStone does using heat, pressure, proprietary Petro Free resin and organic pigments. PaperStone, made in America, is great for countertops, furniture surfaces, laboratory worktops, decorative indoor wall surfaces, commercial kitchens and many other purposes. PaperStone’s recycled content is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Most PaperStone products are certified by the National Sanitary Foundation (NSF). PaperStone, a non-porous surface, is scratch, stain and chemical resistant.





Panolam Surface Systems, a leading supplier of integrated surface solutions, recently introduced The Indulgence and Quarry Collections by Pionite, the company’s line of technically innovative and design-driven high-pressure laminate (HPL) products. Comprising 13 exquisite woodgrains and eight intriguing abstract visuals, The Indulgence Collection features a perennial color palette that is designed to balance tranquility and inspiration among all finishes and furnishings in a wide range of interior environments. The Quarry Collection features 18 large-scale stone designs.


Brooks Custom

Brooks Custom’s Verdicrete concrete countertops continue to be one of the most requested countertop materials. The rise in popularity of transitional décor in kitchen and bath design has raised concrete’s popularity due to the material’s versatility; concrete tops can be made in any color and can accommodate innumerable customization options. As homeowners are getting more comfortable with mixing materials, we are seeing concrete frequently used alongside other materials, such as zinc and walnut butcher blocks.



Richlite is made with both Rapidly Renewable FSC Certified paper and recycled paper fibers. It can be milled easily, like wood, but is much more dense, durable and long lasting. The color of Richlite surfaces is determined by the paper color used in the manufacturing process. The resin used in the manufacturing process darkens the color, giving it deep, rich tones that run through the thickness of each sheet. It is stain, water and scratch resistant and will not degrade or off-gas.



Dekton by Cosentino is the new ultra-compact surface with advanced technical properties for both interior and exterior design. The luminary of the new color offerings is Aura – Cosentino’s interpretation of rare Italian Calacatta marble with dramatic, large-scale grey veining on a pale white background. Dekton’s superior technical characteristics include UV resistance for color stability outdoors, exceptional strength and high resistance to impacts, scratches and abrasion for use in high-traffic areas and very low water absorption.



Easy-to-care-for countertop laminates for worktops in kitchens, bathrooms, offices and more can make your life easier while looking great. Not only do they complement your decor beautifully, but they also help keep it free from stains, moisture and abrasions. Available in a range of sizes and colors to let you enjoy the process of selection, Greenlam’s exclusive Countertops Collection makes it easy to look for the perfect laminate that matches your lifestyle and taste.



Entertain your guests with the timeless beauty and versatility of a handcrafted ThinkGlass raised bar in your kitchen, den or even poolside. At ThinkGlass, we have been perfecting our unique process for more than 15 years, using exclusive technologies that enable us to create truly unique products with the highest quality. The result is a perfect merger of integrated art design and functionality. With ThinkGlass’s glass countertops and raised bars, you can literally showcase the main gathering area of your habitation.





Form and function never looked better. Edge grain walnut with clean simple edges and a silky waterproof finish complement the contemporary faucet and stainless undermount sink. The linear appearance of the wood grain adds a layer of interest that plays well to the modernity of the other elements while lending an organic touch to the whole.




Cambria is a stain resistant, nonporous, natural quartz surface that is harder, safer and easier to care for than other surfaces. Its nonabsorbent nature protects against more than just stains; it’s also extremely hygienic. Cambria’s industry-leading design palette of vibrant colors and striking movement has captured the attention of the industry and the imagination of the consumer. Cambria continues to push the envelope of innovation by developing additional designs to meet the demands of the most discerning consumers and designers.



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