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NOV 2018

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The hand-cut edge treatment of the Simulate Live Edge from The Southside Woodshop mimics the natural curves of trees. Unlimited wood species, con- struction styles and thickness choices are possible. When paired with the company's permanent finish, it creates a waterproof, no-maintenance surface. Circle No. 159 on Product Card Cambria's Levven showcases currents of gray, black and white surging throughout the surface to create signif- icant depth and movement. The quartz surface is available in high-gloss and matte finishes. Circle No. 160 on Product Card Neolith by TheSize has expanded its 20mm (3/4") range of sintered stone surfaces with new formats and finishes, adding 13 patterns including: Iron Grey, Iron Moss, Cement, Barro, Pulpis, As- pen Grey and Arctic White NanoTech. The 20mm range is now available on 18 different models. Circle No. 161 on Product Card West Village surfaces from Daltile fea- ture a range of modern earth tones with organic, natural looks. The surfaces work well for floors, walls, countertops, backsplashes, showers and fireplaces, and bring together the beauty of quartz and modern technology. Circle No. 162 on Product Card Intense hues of crimson and maroon are found within the Ruby Carnelian stone design. Each slab, part of the Gemstone Collection from Antoli- ni Luigi, paints a portrait of infinite scarlet-colored roses blooming in the spring. Circle No. 163 on Product Card The 2018 Living Impressions Collection from Formica Corp. features 11 designs including four 180fx patterns, six lam- inate designs, plus one Writable Sur- faces design. Laminate designs include: Umbra Oak, Silver Galaxy Slate, White Shalestone, Black Shalestone (shown), Sea Salt and Smoked Sea Salt. Circle No. 164 on Product Card JM Lifestyles offers WoodForm Con- crete, an engineered wood-look com- posite that the firm says will not split, crack, splinter, stain or rot. It's available in multiple colors, edge details and acces- sories. With over 50% recycled content and near 0% waste in its production, it is lightweight for easier shipping. Circle No. 165 on Product Card Nature Beckons is Wilsonart's newest addition of Biophilic Designs. The 17 new laminate designs include patterns such as white-washed woods and honeycombs. Shown is Woven Reeds, a textile-inspired design in earthy green with a fractured geometric pattern. Circle No. 166 on Product Card VISUAL INTEREST With manufacturers working hard to create new looks in surface materi- als, the range of choices is broad, and there's plenty of room for creative de- sign. As in other product categories, there's interest in a clean, simplified look. "Overall, countertops are becoming more streamlined by extending up the wall, and edges are trending to a simpler edge finish," says Chmiel. Design preferences vary by consumer, but authentic stones and organ- ic woodgrains with classic natural color palettes continue to be popular, she adds. Warm metals are used as accents. Designers are creating more visual interest through the use of more unusual materials or a variety of surfacing materials within the same space. "Rough, unexpected materials are increasing in demand as the industrial aesthetic continues to grow as a design trend," says Valentin Tijeras Garcia, product and R&D corporate director for Spain-based Cosentino Group, which has its North American headquarters in Miami, FL. Dekton's Industrial Collection puts industrial materials, like cement, back at the forefront of design, he says. Amber Leigh Martinson, director of marketing at Daltile in Dallas, TX, says that popular looks include gold metallic accents incorporated into marble designs, and heavy veining that adds a bold pattern and character to the space. Mixed metals are being incorporated within a design space, and even within a single product, she adds. This mixing of materials is something other manufacturers note as well. "We have seen the growth in mixing of material – solid surface with quartz, or integration of wood, or using one material for the island and one for the surrounding countertop," says Katie Congress, global segment leader Residential, Safety and Construction at Wilmington, DE-based DuPont Protective Solutions. "We have seen opaque and textured marbles mixed with oxidized metals and linear veined veneers, which create a very unique design." Mays agrees: "One of the top trends we see when choosing coun- tertops is embracing mixed materials. There are many ways to achieve a mixed-material look, such as using stone for the countertop and a wood-patterned laminate for accents, or choosing a color palette that com- bines both light and dark shades in the same material. When going for a mixed-material look, it's important to make sure there is contrast." Kath says she has seen bold designs beginning to emerge in the U.S. over the past year, with black, navy, metals and jewel tones gaining momentum. On the other hand, there's also demand for peaceful spaces that use warm, soothing colors. "Long, sweeping veins and colors evoking warmth are on the rise. The desire to transform one's house to not only a home, but a haven, has unleashed a thirst for calm, tranquil spaces. A new- found appreciation for unaltered, natural elements has been unleashed November 2018 • 49

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