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Sustainable Stone

August 21, 2014

 

By Gian Luca Fiori

Sustainable Stone

In today’s building and construction industry, “green” has evolved from a mere buzzword into a solid reality. Architects, builders, and homeowners alike recognize the need to increase our environmental consciousness and do what we can to be kinder and gentler to the earth, plus conserve our natural resources. Natural stone is an inherently earth-friendly material, which recently became even more so when the Natural Stone Council unveiled more stringent sustainability standards for the industry....


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By Gian Luca Fiori

Love the resilience of soapstone, but have your heart set on classic white countertops? We’ve got a choice that may offer a pretty good compromise…White Soapstone.

While most soapstone is darker in color, ranging anywhere from charcoal grey to black to smoky blue, White Soapstone features a lighter, nearly white background with deep, dark veins of graphite. Granted, it’s not a bright, pure white such as Carrara Marble, but it’s also not as delicate and easily stained.

White Soapstone

White Soapstone now in...


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The Drama of Quartz

August 14, 2014

 

By Gian Luca Fiori

Granite and marble may get all of the attention for having vivid veining and striking striations, but today’s quartz surfacing offers some pretty exciting choices too.

Palisades ColorQuartz

Palisades polished quartz surfacing by ColorQuartz

Engineered to be exceptionally durable, highly scratch, heat and stain resistant, sustainable, low-maintenance, and non-porous, quartz surfaces, such as ColorQuartz comes in some pretty dramatic, cool and stylish colors. An ideal combination of nature and technology, ColorQuartz...


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What Makes Marble and Granite, Inc. Unique?

August 12, 2014

 

By Gian Luca Fiori

Every now and then, we receive a thank-you letter that reminds us why we love the business we’re in. It’s our goal to remain a step above other natural stone wholesalers. And nothing makes us more proud than when we accomplish this goal. It is with great pride that we share the following letter we recently received from two customers who are very pleased with the caliber of customer service they received at Marble and Granite, Inc.


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The Allure of Backlit Stone

August 07, 2014

 

By Gian Luca Fiori

Natural stone has a striking depth of character all its own, however some stones can look particularly striking when backlit. Adding a light source from behind can completely transform the look, adding a real “wow” factor to projects including backsplashes, wall features, room dividers, countertops, fireplace surrounds, vanity tops, tables, murals, decorative furniture, wall coverings and much more.

Honey Onyx Backsplash

 Backlit Honey Onyx backsplash by Adams + Beasley Associates; photo via Houzz

When milled to...


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By Gian Luca Fiori

Slim profiled countertops have been all the rage in Europe for some time. But the trend is just beginning to take root in U.S. soil. It’s a clean-lined look that’s a great fit in modern, high-end kitchen and bath designs. And, these days, ultra-thin slabs are not just available in manmade materials. The availability of these ultra-slim slabs is increasing with granite getting in on the game.

For a long time, 2-cm was the most popular thickness for kitchen and bath countertops. Quite often, es...


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Neolith: Beyond the Countertop

July 29, 2014

 

By Gian Luca Fiori

So often, when we talk about natural stone and surfacing, we reference countertops. But we know that you have more on your design plate, so to speak, than bathrooms and kitchens. We pride ourselves on our ability to bring you the very latest products and style ideas. One of these products, in particular, is Neolith. And while Neolith does make an incredibly durable, functional, and attractive countertop material, what you may not know is that it’s useful for so much more.

Neolith Countertop

Neolith surfacing is...


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Quartzite Q & A

July 24, 2014

 

By Gian Luca Fiori

Quartzite is a decorative stone that makes an exceptional countertop material. Noted for its resistance to abrasions, heat, and stains, quartzite is a pretty popular material. It’s marble-like in appearance but has many of the properties of granite. However, since most consumers hear more about granite and marble than they do about quartzite, we get a lot of questions about this particular material. Here are answers to some of the most prevalent questions we hear— a primer for anyone unfamiliar...


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Is it stone or is it wood?

July 22, 2014

 

By Gian Luca Fiori

Though it may look like cross-sectioned rings of wood, Stonewood granite is a natural stone that commands attention!

Stonewood Granite

One-of-a-kind slabs of dramatic Stonewood granite; photo via Marble and Granite Inc.

This granite from Brazil can be described as having a tie-dye pattern. Primarily yellow in color, it features clearly defined circular striations of caramel, amber, oak, and chocolate on a sandy tan background. The colors are typically very dramatic and crisp. Though more toward the neutral color...


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This residential property located in the heart of the Eixample area of Barcelona, Spain serves as a shining example of how modern technology can produce timeless design. The floors in this 100-year-old Modernist style home were recently renovated with state-of-the-art Neolith ultra compact surfacing—a product that stands out not only for its design but also for its versatility, durability, and sustainability.

Neolith Floors

Neolith transformed the floors of this historical home from tired to timeless; photo...


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