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Cosentino Design Challenge Announces 16th Edition

Posted on 18 October 2021 by cradmin4

The Cosentino Group presented the 16th edition of the international Cosentino Design Challenge (CDC). The launch event took place in Madrid on October 5, 2021. During the event the two themes that require research by participants were announced. The CDC jury will be looking for proposals that are environmentally conscious and sustainable, offer conceptual and technical quality and demonstrate innovation.

In the Design category, the theme is “Re-thinking the creative and work space at home.” The aim is for participants to develop innovative designs intended for homeworking.

In the Architecture category, the theme is “The fifth façade: a reflection on the roof.” Proposals in this category must combine energy use with livability, sustainability and design.

The CDC leaves students free to develop their projects with the only requirement that the final project includes some of the innovative surfaces that Cosentino offers the world of architecture and design such as Silestone®, Dekton® and Sensa by Cosentino®.

The submission period for entries began October 1, 2021 and ends on June 1, 2022. The jury will consist of a professor from each collaborating school, an internationally renowned architect or designer and a Cosentino representative. The winner will be announced in June 2022. Each category will have three first prizes of €1,000 (approx. $1,160 USD) each, and three runners-up. Visit www.cosentinodesignchallenge.org for more information.

You may also be interested in this article: TISE Opens Registration for 2022 Event

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MSI Opens New Showroom & Distribution Center

Posted on 12 October 2021 by cradmin4

M S International, Inc. (MSI) has opened a new showroom and distribution center in St. Louis, Mo. The new 64,000 sq. ft. facility, located at 2067 Westport Center Dr. in St. Louis, will serve commercial and residential markets in Missouri. “We are expanding into new markets rapidly, and I’m excited Missouri is part of MSI’s growth strategy,” said MSI Missouri’s Branch Leader, Benjamin Cardelli.

The new facility presents products developed around lifestyles, trends and budgets. It is complete with a state-of-the-art indoor slab area featuring Q Premium Natural Quartz and Natural Stone, as well as products like Everlife LVT and Arterra Porcelain Pavers.

The slab viewing area features more than 300 different colors of Quartz, granite, marble and other natural stones. Also on display is a designated quartz gallery to showcase the Q Premium Natural Quartz collection. The lineup features more than 100 colors in an array of finishes, such as matte, concrete and polished.

The Missouri showroom welcomes walk-ins by trade professionals and consumers.

You may also be interested in this article: Antolini Opens MilanoDuomo Stoneroom

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Natural Stone Institute Completes 38th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

Posted on 05 October 2021 by cradmin4

The Natural Stone Institute has provided natural stone and fabrication services for its 38th home with the Gary Sinise Foundation through its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program. The R.I.S.E. program builds 100 percent mortgage-free specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders.

The fabrication and natural stone for U.S. Navy Petty Officer Second Class Doc Jacobs and his family were provided by Pacific Shore Stones and Marjan Stone. Jacobs enlisted in the summer of 2004 and after training was assigned to a unit in Ramadi Iraq. On February 25, 2006 Jacobs was severely injured in an IED explosion. His Humvee was struck by a triple stack IED, which took two lives, left two soldiers as amputees, and resulted in other serious injuries.

Jacobs was medevacked through Balad Surgical and soon transferred to National Naval Medical Center Bethesda via Landstuhl. After three months in Bethesda receiving critical surgeries, he began outpatient recovery and transferred to Naval Medical Center San Diego. Jacobs was determined to continue his service. He fought to achieve his goal, becoming the Navy’s first amputee Corpsman and of all Navy Personnel to return to a deployable infantry unit. However, after several jaw surgeries left metal in Jacobs’ face and mouth, he was deemed undeployable by the Navy. Soon after, he chose to retire from the Navy to pursue dreams and goals in other areas of life.

Companies interested in getting involved with future projects are encouraged to email [email protected] To learn more, and to see a list of all Natural Stone Institute members who have donated their time, products, and services to this cause, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/RISE.

You may also be interested in this article: Continental Cut Stone Certifies to Natural Stone Sustainability Standard

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Antolini Opens MilanoDuomo Stoneroom

Posted on 24 September 2021 by cradmin4

In early September Antolini opened the doors of the first Antolini Stoneroom. This new hub is focused on the universe of natural stone and the world in which architects, designers and visitors are invited to discover natural stone in all its versions and applications. The hub boasts a unique location between Piazza Fontana and Via San Clemente, a historic crossroads in the center of Milan, where eight display windows are featured.

Architectural elements, layouts and displays reflect Antolini’s use of sustainable industrial processes, research and development of avant-garde technologies, including many patents.

The new Antolini MilanoDuomo Stoneroom allows customers to touch and experience weaves and textures. According to the company the showroom provides customers with an opportunity to see more than 1,300 Antolini natural works among marbles, crystals, quartzites and precioustone wrapped in plays of light and shadow, reflections and colors which create a multisensory experience. It also offers the option of taking samples home in order to make the perfect choice from the multitude of natural materials available. Antolini MilanoDuomo presents professionals and clients with more than 5,000 samples in exclusive formats.

The store provides the possibility of direct experience, in actual size, of slabs taken from large blocks of natural stone. From the original material, just as it is found in nature, to the design choices that best respond to the needs of clients, interior designers and architects. The facility offers personalized services for clients with 360° consulting.

You may also be interested in this article: Natural Stone Institute Announces New Natural Stone Countertop CEU Course

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Four Companies Join Natural Stone Foundation Leadership Society

Posted on 23 September 2021 by cradmin4

Four companies have joined the Natural Stone Foundation Leadership Society, an honor given to those who have made sizeable contributions to the foundation. The companies join Gary Mullard, founder of Northern Stone Supply, who started the foundation’s fundraising efforts with a $100,000 Diamond Level contribution. Mullard was also the first individual to make a multi-year contribution and was celebrated during the Natural Stone Institute’s annual Board of Directors dinner at TISE.

As of September 10, 2021, the following companies had joined the Leadership Society:

Camarata Masonry Systems – “We are pleased to support the Natural Stone Foundation in order to provide perpetual financial support for the non-profit and its mission of promoting critical initiatives that increase natural stone’s market share, establish globally unified standards, educate design professionals on the use of natural stone and clarify the differences between natural stone and other competing products.”—Kevin M. Camarata, CEO, Camarata Masonry Systems

Dee Brown, Inc. – “By making this contribution, I am continuing to do what I said I would do: contribute my time, talent, and treasure to the industry that has put food on my table my entire life. I am indebted to it. I hope this helps get the Foundation off to a great start!” –Rob Barnes, President & CEO, Dee Brown, Inc.

MSI Charitable Trust – “MSI applauds the bold mission undertaken by the Natural Stone Institute to create a much needed global standard for natural stone. We are proud to support the Natural Stone Foundation and further the growth of the natural stone industry.”—Rupesh Shah, President, MSI

Triton Stone Group – “Triton Stone Group is proud to support the Natural Stone Foundation. They are doing excellent work with promoting natural stone and providing education and resources to all those in the natural stone industry. Natural stone is the backbone of Triton Stone, and we are fortunate to be able to give back to such an amazing organization that is supporting such a great industry.”—Katie Jensen, President, Triton Stone Group

You may also be interested in this article: Natural Stone Institute Announces New Natural Stone Countertop CEU Course

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Natural Stone Institute Announces New Natural Stone Countertop CEU Course

Posted on 21 September 2021 by cradmin4

The Natural Stone Institute has announced that a new CEU course entitled Natural Stone Countertops: Considerations for Kitchen and Bath Applications is credit-approved and ready for presentation. Natural Stone Countertops offers an overview of several natural stone choices, with a focus on setting consumer expectations for their performance. Knowledge of fabrication, installation and proper stone care will provide all parties involved with an educated experience when selecting materials. The course also offers examples of natural stone in current and unique designs to help audiences feel confident that they can choose a stone to fit both functionality and personality.

Natural Stone Countertops expands on the content of the popular Marble Use in the Kitchen course, which will be available through 2021 but will “sunset” at the end of the year. While Marble Use in the Kitchen has offered invaluable educational opportunities for audiences over the years, survey results concluded that CEU attendees desired more information about additional natural stone possibilities for countertops.

Natural Stone Countertops was developed by volunteer members of the CEU Education Committee and is now available to certified Natural Stone Institute CEU speakers for download and presentation through the CEU Events dashboard. On demand, live in person, and live webinar credit has been approved for AIA, IDCEC, LACES, and NKBA. Anyone interested in learning more about the course is invited to attend a live presentation of the course on Wednesday, October 6 at 11:00am ET.

You may also be interested in this article: Continental Cut Stone Certifies to Natural Stone Sustainability Standard

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Continental Cut Stone Certifies to Natural Stone Sustainability Standard

Posted on 13 September 2021 by cradmin4

Continental Cut Stone in Florence, Texas has earned certification to the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard. The company has achieved Gold status for their quarry, which extracts Cordova Cream limestone, Cordova Shell limestone, and Silver status for their fabrication facility.

Rob Teel, President of Continental Cut Stone commented, “It has been a goal of mine to get our companies certified for a number of years. I have been involved with the Natural Stone Council since its inception and believe that stone has a great story to tell. We are proud of our staff, especially Kristin Cannon, for working through the process with the help of Tom Cleveland. Our hope is that others will continue to follow suit and get certified.”

The Natural Stone Sustainability Standard was first published in 2014 by the Natural Stone Council. Ownership of the standard transferred to the Natural Stone Institute in early 2021, marking a significant opportunity to raise awareness about the standard within the design community and helping to position natural stone as a solution for green building goals.

Quarriers and natural stone fabricators can look to this multi-attribute industry standard to identify ways to improve their sustainability efforts. By defining best practices for land reclamation, adaptive reuse, and management of excess materials and waste, the standard ensures that natural stone companies are being good stewards of the land.

You may also be interested in this article: National Building Granite Quarries Associations Merges with the Natural Stone Institute


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Laticrete Upgrades Stonetech Surface Care Products

Posted on 07 September 2021 by cradmin4

LATICRETE® STONETECH® offers a complete range of professional grade, surface care solutions designed to protect, clean and transform stone, tile, masonry and grout surfaces.

Laticrete has partnered with Microban® to upgrade select Stonetech sealers and cleaners with antimicrobial technology. According to the company the water based sealers now offer stain protection and inhibit the growth of stain- and odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew on porous natural stone, tile, masonry and grout surfaces. Stonetech products aim to protect and darken, or add shine and restoration to scratched or stained surfaces.

You may also be interested in this article: Park Industries Introduces HydroClear Pro Water Systems

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National Building Granite Quarries Association Merges with the Natural Stone Institute

Posted on 23 August 2021 by cradmin4

The National Building Granite Quarries Association (NBGQA) has voted to merge with the Natural Stone Institute (NSI) to further advance industry efforts to support quarry advocacy, sustainability, outreach to architects and designers and continued efforts to promote the use of natural stone.

The NBGQA was founded more than a century ago with approximately 12 original member granite companies. Today the membership is comprised of five companies: Coldspring, Dakota Granite, New England Stone, North Carolina Granite and Polycor. All are existing Natural Stone Institute members.

Through this merger, the NSI will acquire ownership of the NBGQA granite specification, as well as resources to further advance quarry safety initiatives, sustainability, natural stone promotion and advocacy. NBGQA financial assets will be earmarked to assist with several initiatives being directed by the newly formed North American Quarry Advocacy Group, which is the first of several industry advocacy groups being formed by the Natural Stone Institute. The NBGQA will remain incorporated for two years as the transition takes shape and work begins on key initiatives through the North American Quarry Advocacy Group.

Natural Stone Institute board president Michael Picco (PICCO Engineering) commented, “We are excited to see this merger occur as it will strengthen the industry’s ability to further advance several key industry initiatives. We’ve been working alongside the NBGQA and its members for several years which makes this merger a natural transition. The quarrying sector will benefit from the initiatives underway.”

You may also be interested in this article: Natural Stone Institute Announces North American Quarry Advocacy Group Steering Committee

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Daltile Presents Pietra Divina Collection

Posted on 19 August 2021 by cradmin

Pietra Divina™ from Daltile has set a heavenly standard for natural stone. Three exquisite marbles feature a color palette that includes: Calacatta Dolomiti – a white with grey veining, Namaste – a white with warm gold movement, and Nero Marquina (pictured) – a marvelous black with delicate white accents.

This versatile line offers the popular 4- by 12-in. and 12- by 24-in. tile sizes as well as a full selection of mosaics available in solid colors and blends. Additionally, Pietra Divina showcases a new 6- by12-in. bamboo structure mosaic that can be installed in a variety of patterns lending to freedom in design.

You may also be interested in this article: MSI Presents New Rio Lago Pebble Mosaic Collection Colors

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