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Native Trails Introduces Murano Collection

Posted on 22 January 2020 by cradmin

New from Native Trails in 2020, the Murano Collection is a line of glass vessel sinks consisting of five unique design series handcrafted by master Italian artisans.

The island of Murano, just off the coast of Venice, Italy, is famous for its celebrated artisan glass producers, each with their own family traditions. The colors and patterns are created in the molding and spinning process, and each glass vessel sink is expertly hand-formed, giving each piece its own personality as an irreplaceable work of functional art.

The five design series of the Murano Collection incorporate colors and patterns inspired by views of the Italian coastline. Each series is available in a variety of shapes.

In the Abalone series shimmering mother of pearl meets the swirl of the sea with warm tones and bold accents of Abalone, inspired by the surrounding sea.

The bold depth of dark color in the Abyss series lends focus on shape and texture of the Murano Collection’s luxurious hand formed glass. Expert Italian glassmakers on the island of Murano showcase centuries of artistic innovation in the solid black, spun glass sink series.

The Beachcomber series of Venetian glass vessel sinks features earth tones and hints of mother of pearl that create an undeniably alluring effect, along with a feeling of delightful tranquility.

Light and bright, the Bianco series celebrates the innovation of Venetian glassmakers, while it highlights beauty of form, function and texture of the expertly hand formed Murano Collection.

Inspired by the sand, ocean and waves of the Mediterranean Sea, the Shoreline series offers a creamy background and bold colors.

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Lunada Bay Tile Introduces New Product Lines

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Lunada Bay Tile Introduces New Product Lines

Posted on 05 September 2018 by cradmin

Lunada Bay Tile recently introduced three new product lines that include expanded selections of colors and patterns.

Origami Field is a collection of glass field tiles that reflect the iconic Japanese art of geometric paper folding. This collection features opalescent coloring and three-dimensional shapes; the distinctive glass tile designs play with light and shadow.

Watercolors ceramic tile collection emulates the artists’ techniques of history’s greatest watercolor painters by playing with opacity and transparency and reflecting the subtle color variations of the original artworks.

LUCE glass mosaic tile collections’ semi-opaque glass features three new playful forms that shimmer in the light, much like the sun glittering across moving water.

Origami Field Moxie in Cottage Blue

Turner from Watercolors ceramic tile collection in Post shape

Luce Feather in Sani







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Video Custom Glass High Bar with Recycled Glass Countertop

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Video Custom Glass High Bar with Recycled Glass Countertop

Posted on 19 July 2018 by cradmin

This video shared by Jeff Downing shows a unique glass countertop high bar located in Bradention Beach, Fla. The 126-in.-long high bar uses two custom supports and features a swirls reminiscent of pools of water and uses LED lighting to accentuate the features. It sits above a countertop made of varying shades of blue recycled glass, which fits well with the custom glass motif and color. It seems particularly suitable for a home in such a oceanic location as Bradenton Beach.


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Regent Stone Offers Free Akemi Color Match Charts

Posted on 12 September 2017 by cradmin

AKEMICOLMTCHRegent Stone Products has introduced a way to find the perfect color match for solid surfaces, quartz, marble, granite, quartzite, onyx, glass, porcelain, ceramic and other dense surfaces. The free Akemi color match charts are available through regentstore.com.

Color matches are found by simply laying the chart on the stone and identifying which swatch best matches the surfacing material. Pre-colored two component adhesive is available in cartridges for fast and simple execution of invisible joints. The adhesive is offered in more than 50 colors.

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Video: The Basics of Fabricating Recycled Glass Slabs

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Video: The Basics of Fabricating Recycled Glass Slabs

Posted on 08 June 2017 by cradmin

This video produced by Vetrazzo shows the basics of fabricating recycled glass slab materials, such as cutting, feed speeds, polishing, overhangs, sink cut-out reinforcement, suitable applications and the effects of temperature change.

While this is certainly just a broad overview, it does explain how fabricating this type of material is similar and different to fabricating other hard surfaces, such as granite.

You may also be interested in this video on fabricating compact surfaces.

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Hastings Tile & Bath Introduces Artisan Glass Collection

Posted on 06 April 2017 by cradmin

Hastings Tile & Bath, importers and distributors of contemporary bath fixtures and furniture, introduced its newest collection: The Artisan Glass Collection. Crafted entirely of glass, the collection includes countertops, framed mirrors, towel warmers, wall and shower panels, basins, floor tile and mosaics. The products are available in more than 90 colors and styles. unnamed

The countertops will support semi-recessed vessels or they are designed with an integrated basin. The tiles are designed to look like wood and parquet, and are reportedly suitable for use on walls and floors. The Mirrors are available as round, square or rectangular and the finishes are transparent or brilliant. The thickness of the pieces range from 8mm to 19mm. Lastly the Vessel sinks are available in glossy or frosted finishes.

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Backlit Tile Kit Offers Glass Tile, Translucent Surface Backlighting System

Posted on 28 March 2016 by cradmin

Backlit tile kitBacklit Tile Kit provides a patented removable system to backlight glass tile or translucent surfaces. The kits can be used with virtually any tile and are designed for easy installation. They include multi-color LED lights that can form up to 16 million colors, and can be controlled via Bluetooth technology from a smartphone or tablet. Kits come in multiple sizes to fit different tiles. Available heights include 3, 4, 5, 6 and 12 in. Lengths are 5-, 10- or 15-ft., and can be easily cut to fit any installation, according to the company.

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Integra Adhesives Launches New Versatile Surface Bonder ULTRA

Posted on 04 November 2015 by cradmin

integra surface bonder adhesiveIntegra Adhesives launched Surface Bonder ULTRA, a new adhesive made for an wide range of surfaces and applications. The adhesive works in extreme weather conditions, indoor and outdoor and has a high UV resistance, so colors will not fade in the sun. Surface Bonder ULTRA can be fabricated to provide a honed, gloss or textured finish during cure helping to create invisible seams on any surface. With more than 4,000PSI bond strength, it will bond to multiple surfaces, including quartz natural stone, ceramic, ultra-compact materials and glass. And it won’t stain or yellow and so is ideal for white material.

Offered pre-colored in a 215ml 2:1 cartridges or as a tintable clear adhesive in a quart can, Surface Bonder Ultra is the newest addition to Integra’s line of adhesives and accessories. Color charts can be downloaded from the company’s website or app.

Visit Integra Adhesives at www.integra-adhesives.com/products/surface-bonder-ultra/ for more details.

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Tesselle Offers 3 Silicrete Concrete and Recycled Glass Tile Designs

Posted on 05 June 2015 by cradmin

tesselle Facets concrete  recylced glass tileSilacrete tiles from Tesselle, made from 50 percent recycled glass and 50 percent concrete, are available now in a variety of finishes, including printed designs, photorealistic, murals, custom designs and solid colors. They are suitable for indoor applications, such as countertops, backsplashes, floors or walls, and outdoors on walls. The Digitally printed versions allow brilliant designs with an unlimited number of colors, perfect registration and thin grout lines. Made from an engineered concrete composite that contains cement, glass and polymer, the tiles are 1/4-in. thick, and come in sizes up to 18 by 24 in. They can be used to imitate many ceramic techniques. or create photo realistic designs, effects and murals.
Other features include

  • Made in the United States
  • Weight: 2.5 pounds per sq. ft.
  • Abrasion Resistance (ASTM D4060 – S42 paper, 500 gm load, 1,500 cycles): 60 – 70 milligram loss
  • Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF Acutest): Greater than .42 wet for floor tile
  • Water Absorption Body (ASTM C373): 3.17% Semi-vitreous | Water Absorption Surface: 0%
  • Thermal Shock Resistance (ASTM C484): No visual defects
  • Color Uniformity (ASTM C609): V2 to V3
  • Flammability (ASTM E84): Class A

Three specific patterns are readily available: Facets, Matrisse and Theri.  Facets (shown here) is a printed tile pattern that forms a non-repeating pattern with both organic and industrial influences. This design is comprised of 3 tile patterns that are printed on Silacrete. Each Facets tile is 6 in. Matrisse is a 2-tile pattern, printed with a photographic technique, which forms a design that features traditional tile influences and the illusion of illumination, with a modern twist. Each Matrisse tile is 12-in. square and are available in Mist, Flaxen and Sea designs. Theri is a printed pattern that forms a non-repeating design with both organic and industrial influences. This design is comprised of four tile patterns that are laid out in random order. Each Theri tile is 12 in. square and at least a half a dozen colors in this pattern are available.

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Is the Granite Countertop Boom at an End?

Posted on 17 November 2014 by cradmin

While both fabricators and contractors are still reporting robust sales of granite countertops, several media outlets say that granite may be on the way out. While I am not certainly not sold on this prediction, if true, it could mean declines in sales for fabricators dealing solely or primarily in granite, but those who offer a variety of countertop materials may simply see a shuffle in the origin of their revenue.

Benefits of Granite

One article published in News & Observer, Living Space: Are granite counters on the way out? is quick to point out that nearly everyone who already owns granite countertops love them because they are durable and visually appealing, but hold some reservations because they require some degree of maintenance. Another reason why people choose granite according to the article is that it is a natural product made of natural minerals instead of a material developed in a laboratory.

Another article that has an identical name but was published by HowStuffWorks also begins with a section on the benefits of granite. According to this article, granite is more durable, heat resistant and scratch resistant than many of its counterparts, but sales have been declining because of a limited color selection and price. Today, however, granite countertops can be found in a wide variety of unique colors and patterns.

Finally, the price of granite has fallen substantially over the past two decades. While high-quality granite and installation may still carry a high price tag, entry-level granite is now available at prices that allow nearly any homeowner to enter the market.

Is Something Driving People Away From Granite?

The 2012 Kitchen & Bath Style Report published by the National Kitchen and Bath Association states that granite use in kitchens dropped to 87 percent from 91 percent in 2011, but it held steady at 87 percent in the 2013 report. Another survey conducted by The Marble Institute found that 75 percent of homeowners intending to remodel their kitchens in 2012 were planning on installing granite countertops.

These surveys show that granite remains a popular choice, and very little new data shows any sign of a downturn, yet the Huffington Post Home Advisor states that designers are dropping natural stone in favor of six other materials that are less expensive, not as heavy and have greater color variety. In this piece, the author harshly urges homeowners not to “waste your kitchen remodel investment on this fading material.”

In the same vein, Today Home claims that “granite is great,” but provides a list of “eight kitchen counter options to make you forget granite.”

Alternatives to Granite

Several alternatives have been named as rising stars and are reportedly filling the gap left in the alleged decline of granite countertops. Following are few of the most popular and the reasons claimed as to why they may be moving up in the countertop market:













Quartz has become granite’s top rival and has been growing dramatically. It is available in a variety of colors and patterns, and it doesn’t need to be sealed or treated.

Solid Surface

Solid surface does an excellent job of mimicking natural stone and has many other color options, and in many cases it requires less maintenance than granite. It can also be less expensive than higher-end granites.


Even though marble is gaining in popularity and is very attractive, it is not resistant to staining and scratching like granite is.










Soapstone is available in a limited range of colors and may become easily scratched or nicked by sharp objects, but it is stain and heat resistant.

Butcher Block












Walnut, maple, bamboo, oak and cherry butcher block countertops are growing in popularity because they are seen by many as a green, recyclable alternative to granite.










Glass can resist high temperatures without scorching, does not stain and it is 100 percent non-porous. Glass countertops are increasingly becoming viewed as a versatile alternative.


New innovations in concrete manufacturing and fabrication are making this material more popular for kitchen countertops each year.

Waiting for the Results

The latest results on where granite stands after the 2014 calendar year have yet to be gathered, but if the media reports show even a sliver of truth, then granite countertop sales may have fallen. However, I’m not sure if  I would place any wagers on that at this point. I believe the jury is still out. Either way, it will be interesting to see whether granite can maintain its lead in the industry or if quartz and other surfacing materials will make gains on its top position. 

I’d love to hear from some of you as to whether you have seen any decline in granite sales and/or migration to other products, or if you believe it is all hype. Post a reply in the comment section below or email us at [email protected].

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