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NOV 2018

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the standard – surfaces with a rough, industrial quality are becoming a favorite among consumers," states Garcia. "Textures are very popular now," Congress notes. "Having a texture is a good way to show the same aesthetic in multiple ways and add depth to a specific color." Matte finishes are on the rise, she agrees, and "there is interest in leathered or rougher textures that feel substantial under your fingers. In line with the rise of textured materials is the departure from the minimalism of the past, and a trend toward more decorated surfaces," she adds. Chmiel believes textures have evolved as a way to bring realism and depth to surfaces. "Simple, refined matte surfaces with a satin feel and min- imal texture are the new universal look for all types of patterns, woods and solids. These super matte finishes add a modern and technical look and feel to updated patterns. At the same time, realistic textures that enhance woods with graining, ticking and wood finishing techniques continue to be popular as we bring reclaimed and refurbished wood looks into the home." NATURAL FEEL Natural elements are increasingly important in design, and the desire for countertops that look like natural stone – regardless of actual mate- rial – hasn't waned. "Materials that have the look of marble, quartz and quartzite are highly valued in the residential market today. These looks and material authenticity has taken root. Warm whites, greys and black surfaces will balance the use of raw walnut and golden metal elements, anchoring spaces and becoming a beacon of calm," says Talbot. TEXTURED FINISHES Manufacturers are meeting the demand for innovation and new offerings through creative finish and texture options. While gloss finish is still a top trend, Kath sees a rising demand for matte finishes. "[Matte] has not superseded the gloss, but it's different and designers are talking about it," she says, which is why Cambria launched a matte finish option. Variety in finishes allows designers to capture just the right look. "Honed finishes can help add a leather-like texture and appearance, while polished finishes can help create a more shiny and sleek look in a space," points out Martinson. Talbot adds, "The desire to simplify one's life has trickled down to quartz countertops. The use of matte, powdered finishes provides a tactile experience. The resulting reduction of glare and reflectivity allows for an environment where visual clutter is minimized and rest comes easy." Texture can sometimes be achieved visually, and sometimes, it's an ac- tual tactile experience. "No longer are super smooth, polished countertops DuPont Corian Design has developed Resilience Technology, a new process that yields Corian Solid Surface with better damage forgiveness, easier stain removal, faster renewal and less mainte- nance, according to the company. Resilience Technology has made four new colors – Summit White, Stratus, Keystone and Cool Gray. Circle No. 168 on Product Card HanStone Quartz from Hanwha Surfaces has released five colors as part of its Boutique Collection, which is produced using Breton Technology. The five colors, ranging from soft whites to subtle gray tones with long wispy veins and movement, are: Chantilly, Montauk, Monterey, Soho and Yorkville. Circle No. 167 on Product Card Giotto is a Brazilian quartzite that has blue and grey veining through- out, strewn across a creamy white background. As an alternative to white marble, the offering from Arizona Tile is more durable and resistant to scratching and etching, notes the company. Circle No. 170 on Product Card ThinkGlass customizes each of its glass surfacing projects according to requirements, and offers a wide range of designs. Shown is the Industrial style in Crystal color and Granula texture. Circle No. 169 on Product Card Comprised of six new hues, the Stonika Collection from Cosentino draws inspiration from coveted nat- ural stone materials. New findings in the manufacturing process also allow for sharper designs for the Dekton surfacing. Colors include Olimpo, Bergen, Arga, Taga, Korso and Sogne (shown). Circle No. 171 on Product Card Paperstone, available from Modern Surfaces, is fashioned from recycled paper turned into 'stone.' The material is durable, less brittle and performs like most stone surfaces, notes the firm, however, it can be machined and field cut, so it is a more versatile and workable material. Circle No. 172 on Product Card Andrew Pearson Custom Glassworks offers specialized and distinctive glass products in a vari- ety of techniques. All products are assembled in Mount Airy, NC from raw glass produced in the U.S. Arti- san glass products are produced by Andrew Pearson's skilled craftsmen and are durable enough for indoor and outdoor use. Circle No. 174 on Product Card Aurea Stone is Quartz 2.0, a realis- tic match to natural marble, accord- ing to the firm. Its high definition creates sharp lines of movement, and its translucent quality allows for depth in soft, subtle undertones of color that create its realistic look. Offering a very bright white and grainless surface, the material is stain-, etch- and scratch-resistant. Circle No. 173 on Product Card 50 Kitchen & Bath Design News • November 2018 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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