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Caesarstone Launches CEU On Biophilic Design Using Quartz Surfacing

Posted on 24 May 2021 by cradmin

In response to the increased demand for outdoor design and living, Caesarstone has introduced a new Hanley Wood University CEU course: “Responding to the Increased Demand for Outdoor Living Spaces with Innovative Outdoor Quartz Surfaces” to train architects, designers, landscapers and other industry professionals on how to use quartz in biophilic designs.

The course is available for free through Hanley Wood University, the trusted online continuing education portal where thousands of architects, builders, contractors, designers, remodelers and other construction professionals go to fulfill their continuing education and professional training requirements. Additionally, many professional associations – including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and International Interior Designers Association (IIDA) – have approved it for members to receive continuing education credit upon completion.

The course explores why outdoor living spaces have become more popular over the past decade, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, and explores different design considerations for outdoor living spaces while showing how quartz can be used. It evaluates the sustainability properties and design options of outdoor quartz and provides a case study as an example. Upon completion, architects and designers will also understand performance measures, installation and maintenance guidelines for quartz surfaces in outdoor environments.

“As required for all CEUs, the course doesn’t mention the Caesarstone brand or products specifically, but rather addresses how and why professionals can and should use the material in outdoor projects,” said Elizabeth Margles, Vice President of Marketing for Caesarstone North America. “What they’ll learn is that it’s perfect for any surface including countertops and backspashes in an outdoor kitchen, outdoor dining furniture, poolside bars,
decorative water features and so much more.”

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MSI New Q Galant Gray

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MSI Launches New Q Colors

Posted on 05 May 2021 by cradmin

MS International, Inc. (MSI) has expanded its extensive and ever-growing assortment of Q™ Premium Natural Quartz products. The launch includes five of the newest, on-trend marble-look quartz colors, representing both light and darker tones to suit any style.

The white and light marble looks of the new Calacatta Miraggio Gold, Calacatta Prado and Calacatta Sierra will brighten any space. Calacatta Miraggio Gold is produced at MSI’s domestic factory (located in South Carolina) and features LumaLuxe™, a proprietary formula that enhances how light interacts with the countertop surface, truly pushing the boundaries of realism. Calacatta Prado features subtle veining, while Calacatta Sierra offers a striking look with its high contrast and thick veins.

The darker marble-looks of the new Midnight Corvo and Galant Gray will add drama to any room. Midnight Corvo is deep black with wispy white veins, available in polished and concrete finishes. Galant Gray (pictured) is light gray with faint, darker veins.

Q Premium Quartz countertops are available in a wide range of patterns, including realistic marble-looks, modern concrete-looks and nature-inspired looks. Quartz countertops colors range from icy white tones to midnight black tones. The company states that Q Premium Natural Quartz never needs sealing, is durable and manufactured to last a lifetime.

You may also be interested in this article: Caesarstone Debuts Whitelight Collection

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Vadara Unveils New Colors for 2021

Posted on 20 January 2021 by cradmin

Vadara Quartz Surfaces, a manufacturer of premium quartz surfaces, has added to its lineup six new fashion-forward color options. The new hues will make their debut at the 2021 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS Virtual) in February.

Inspired by the classic colors found in marble and quartzite, Vadara’s newest color options include the following:

  • Bella Dolce – a luminous bright white background with delicate brown and grey veining
  • Calacatta Fresco – a dimensional off-white and grey background with dynamic grey veining
  • Calacatta Oro – a dimensional off-white and grey background with dynamic brown and grey veining
  • Cascada Perla – a dimensional off-white and grey background with dynamic grey and white veining
  • Solano Bella – a dimensional off-white and grey background with delicate grey veining
  • Varenna (pictured above) – a luminous white background with delicate grey veining

According to the company, Vadara’s directional veined products are virtually indistinguishable from natural stone, while offering the strength, durability, resistance to staining and etching and minimal maintenance requirements for which quartz is known. A nonporous construction also provides antimicrobial properties, making quartz surfaces healthier and more hygienic than many other surface options.

You may also be interested this article: Daltile Launches New Quartz Slab Designs

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MSI Offers New Colors of Q Premium Natural Quartz Countertops

Posted on 17 February 2016 by cradmin

Q quartz-300x260Inspired by home interior trends from around the world, MS International’s  Q™ Premium Natural Quartz countertops now come in 11 new unique colors. The most crucial design decision – color – sets the mood, style and personality in any space. Whether a clean and modern or subtle and classic style is required, the company offers more than 45 colors to help  set the mood, style and personality of a project. The new design colors include Antico Cloud, Pacific Salt, Chantilly Taupe, Sandy Cove, Babylon Gray, Desert Bloom, Stellar Gray, Calacatta Vicenza, Perla White, Peppercorn White and Stellar White.


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Diresco USA Partners With Terrazzo & Marble Supply Co. For Midwest Distribution

Posted on 04 February 2016 by cradmin

DirescoTerrazzo & Marble Supply Co. (T&M) was named the exclusive Diresco distributor for the Midwest by Diresco USA, partner and master importer of Diresco Quartz Surfaces of Belgium. T&M officially replaced Aetna Plywood as the Midwest region’s distributor in August of last year. The company discussed the change with customers prior to the transition to ensure that the new partnership would be well received.  “Our new Partnership with T&M will only elevate our ability to expose our premium quartz surfaces to hundreds of thousands of homeowners and industry professionals throughout the Midwest each year,” said Scott V. MacLeod, Diresco USA’s CEO. According to the company, Diresco USA plans for national expansion over the next two years and the partnership with T&M will enable it to continue to build strong customer relationships. This announcement comes on the heels of Colt Industries taking on the product for distribution instead of DuPont Zodiaq

You may also be interested in this article about HanStone Quartz’s distribution expansion in the Southeast region.

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Daltile’s ONE Quartz Builder Series Provides 1.2cm Slab Alternatives for Bathroom Surfacing

Posted on 19 October 2015 by cradmin


photo credit: Shea Homes

Daltile’s latest extension of its ONE™ Quartz line offers builders a 1.2cm slab offering alongside more traditional 2cm and 3cm sizes. Available in four contemporary neutral tones, the new slab offerings provide an affordable alternative to popular agglomerated products for tub surrounds, shower walls and vanity countertops. The collection provides a waterproof seal on installation, and does not emit harmful VOCsto help meet strict environmental building codes, reports the supplier. The 1.2-cm slab provides a lighter, more affordable options.  Available in four new colors – Mesa Sand, a darker warm tone taupe; Pearl, a white/bright light grey; Presidio, a charcoal gray; and Sahara Pearl, a warm-tone beige.

You may also be interested in this article on Wilsonart’s line of quartz surfacing.

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A Look at the New U.S. Caesarstone Manufacturing Plant

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A Look at the New U.S. Caesarstone Manufacturing Plant

Posted on 17 June 2015 by cradmin

In a new video released by Caesarstone various leaders of the company talk about the opening of its first U.S.-based quartz surfacing manufacturing facility just outside of Savannah, Ga. It also gives a basic inside look at the workings of the plant. The facility has been in the works for quite awhile and its opening represents the ability for the company to produce “made in the USA” material, and be closer to, and therefore more nimble towards, the U.S. market.

The facility also has a showroom where industry professionals can view the color selections and even gather for various meetings and events in a “community center” portion of the building.

You may also be interested in this video on the Breton quartz manufacturing process.


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MS International Launches 7 New Quartz Surfacing Colors

Posted on 22 May 2015 by cradmin

MSI Carrara Grigio Marble Looks Quartz SurfacingMS International (MSI) added seven new colors to its ‘Q’ line of quartz surfacing. The new colors are reminiscent of natural stone, such as marble and limestone. Carrara Grigio (pictured here) was added to the company’s new Marble Looks Collection and resembles Carrara marble. Montclair White, Pearl Gray and Romano White were added to the Natural Looks Collection and feature large amounts of movement and veining. Lastly, Fossil Brown, Fossil Gray and Fossil Taupe are three colors that were added to the Limestone Looks Collection. All three of these colors have subtle variations in a mid-tone color range.

You may also be interested in this article on Caesarstone’s new quartz surfacing colors.

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Cosentino Launches 3 Online Design Tools for Better Surface Visualization

Posted on 14 April 2015 by cradmin

Cosentino launched three new online tools: a Digital Warehouse that gives fabricators an online library of slabs that can be previewed with clients and  the HD Home Viewer and the 3D Home Simulator, which allow the digital customization of a variety of environments by manipulating the various design elements.

Powered by SlabSmith software, the Digital Warehouse allows fabricators and specifiers to directly order a specific slab of granite or marble online by accessing images and providing measurements of each slab. It also autocorrects images for distortions and lighting and notes imperfections. Users can filter by size or application requirements to ensure material consistency and minimized waste in fabrication. Slabs can be applied to kitchen layout templates to create installation previews. By viewing the slab’s patterns and veining placing seams, appliances or fixtures can be determined before ordering. Right now it is only available for the company’s natural stone products.

The other two tools are for designers and homeowners. The Cosentino 3D Home simulator, for iPads, allows users to customize six environmental elements, including a modern, classic and outdoor kitchen, two bathrooms and an exterior space where Dekton may be applied to the façade. It provides multiple viewing angles and lighting scenarios, as well as 3-D movement and camera zoom capabilities. Designs can be saved in a library for editing or sharing. It’s available through the iTunes app store. The Cosentino HD Home Viewer is a multiplatform simulator with high-definition renderings of six spaces, including kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor and retail environments that can incorporate applications of Dekton. The user customizes surfaces by clicking on countertops, façades, wall coverings, floors, furniture and bathroom elements. It is intended for use on computers and Android, iOS and Windows tablets, smartphones and smart televisions.

You may also be interested in this article on MS International’s edge treatment preview system.

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Caesarstone launches 10 New Quartz Colors Inspired by Concrete, Granite

Posted on 13 April 2015 by cradmin

Caesarstone calcatta nuvo

Calcatta Nuvo is just one of 10 new colors recently introduced by Caesarstone

Caesarstone added 10 new colors to its Classico Collection, including colors with veins and colors resembling concrete, granite and other natural stones.  The 10 new colors include: Alpine Mist, a white glossy color with additional white detail; Blanco Drift, with a white base and swirls of light brown and grey hues; Calacatta Nuvo (pictured here), inspired by calacatta marble with cascading veins; Clamshell, a blend of soft greys with intricate grey and white detail; Coastal Grey, a traditional granite look with dark tones and strokes of black and white; Fresh Concrete, Raw Concrete and Sleek Concrete, three colors inspired by the industrial trend;  Vanilla Noir, a merge of solid black with bold beige and vanilla strokes; and Woodlands, a granite look with dark brown hues and delicate beige and vanilla strokes. As is standard with quartz surfacing, slabs are nonporous, heat-, stain- and scratch-resistant.

You may also be interested in this article on the launch of the new Wilsonart Quartz Surfacing line.

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