Cosentino Group, new GOLD sponsor of the World Sustainable Building Conference “World SB14 Barcelona”

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Cosentino Group has become the latest GOLD Sponsor of the World Sustainable Building Conference (World SB14 Barcelona), which will take place from October 28-30th in the Catalonia Congress Centre (Palau de Congressos de Catalunya), Barcelona, Spain.

The Collaboration Agreement was signed last Friday July 11th in Madrid by the Marketing Director of the Spanish multinational, Santiago Alfonso, and Green Building Council España (GBCe) CEO, Luis Álvarez-Ude.

The World Sustainable Building Conference is the largest gathering, on a global level, on sustainability in building and construction, where the leading and most influential international institutions in the field shall meet. This year’s edition, organised by GBCe, aims to promote the adoption of an adequate response to the social and environmental global challenges that the sustainable building sector faces.

Cosentino Group, first world producer of quartz surfaces with its brand Silestone® and creator of the revolutionary ultra-compact surface Dekton®, has always developed its activities following the principles of innovation, state-of-the-art design, internationalisation and environmental respect.

Demonstrating this commitment towards sustainability, Cosentino has not missed the opportunity to be present at the World Sustainable Building Conference 2014, enjoying highlighted presence in this global building stakeholders meeting.

In becoming a GOLD sponsor, the Group will immediately become directly involved in the Conference’s preparation. Furthermore, Cosentino Group will enjoy an exhibition space in the Innovation Fair that will take place simultaneously with the Conference, as well as sponsoring two debate sessions, choosing the 4 speakers that will answer each of the questions posed by the Conference Scientific Committee.

Santiago Alfonso, Marketing Director of this multinational company, showed his satisfaction on the sponsorship agreement reached: “for us, both the sponsorship and collaboration agreements prove our commitment to the challenges and objectives that the Conference is going to debate on, and that are part of our company values in the continuous search for new materials, systems and solutions; more sustainable, energy efficient and respectful towards the environment”.

The international character of the Conference, which will address the challenges that the sector faces on a global level, has also been determining for a company with great international ambitions. “90% of the Group’s income is generated in international markets, and we want to be fully involved in one of the main global issues that future society must tackle”, Mr Alfonso said.

On the other hand, GBCe’s CEO, Luis Álvarez-Ude, showed his satisfaction on the Group’s support for the Conference: “Cosentino has already collaborated with us in many initiatives as GBCe members, and we take pride and happiness in counting with their presence in the Conference. Being able to learn from their experience, I am sure that they will contribute greatly and give us their views, from the industrial perspective, enriching for all”.

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Cosentino Presents Innovative Products at AIA Expo 2014 Chicago, June 26-28, Booth #831

NEW YORK, NY. (June 26, 2014) – Cosentino, the global family-owned company and leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, announces an exciting lineup of new and innovative products to be displayed at the American Institute of Architects Expo 2014 in Chicago on June 26-28 (Booth #831.)  Cosentino’s exhibition booth will highlight the newly launched Dekton® by Cosentino, as well as Silestone’s leading Nebula Code series.

“For our exhibition at AIA Expo 2014, Cosentino will highlight our continued growth and success in North America through our well-diversified product offerings. This past year, we have been able to further expand distribution, opening many new Cosentino Center showrooms and distribution points, as well as expand our surfacing options, most notably with the launch of Dekton by Cosentino. Whether innovative or traditional, all products meet the Cosentino standard of exceptional performance and design. AIA Expo is the perfect venue to showcase our growth and diversification to the architectural trade community,” said Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America.

One of the highlights of the booth will be Dekton by Cosentino, an innovative new ultra-compact surface. The result of extensive research and development, Dekton is capable of seamless indoor and outdoor use, and features advanced technical properties and functionality. By utilizing Particle Sintering Technology, a proprietary technique that mimics the metamorphic change that rocks and stone undergo in nature when subjected to heat and pressure over thousands of years, Dekton offers UV and thermal shock resistance, superior strength, high resistance to impact, scratches and abrasion, and low water absorption. Produced in large format slabs, measuring approximately 126 inches x 56 inches, Dekton allows for large-scale interior and exterior applications.  Dekton is available in 10 white, gray, black, and natural stone hues and in three (polished, matte, and slate) finishes.  For more information on Dekton by Cosentino, visit www.dekton.com

In addition, Cosentino will present the most recent color series to its Silestone natural quartz line – Nebula Code. Silestone Nebula Code, an evolution of the popular Nebula series, is composed of five neutral hues that are subtle yet distinctive, inspired by the appearance of natural stone, and feature an original pattern of brilliantly colored veining throughout the surface that never repeats. At the forefront of design, Nebula Code utilizes the most advanced color technology to offer exotic movement, adding depth and sophistication to any kitchen or bathroom, while meeting the needs of both traditional and modern aesthetics.

The Nebula Code series retails from $58 to $94 per square foot depending on thickness and finish. It’s available at kitchen and bath dealers and home centers nationwide in 63” x 128” slabs in 1.2 cm, 2 cm, and 3 cm thickness, in both the polished and suede finishes.  For more information on Silestone by Cosentino, visit www.silestoneusa.com

The Jury of the Competition for Future Professionals Cosentino Design Challenge 2014 Reveals Its Winners

Three first prizes have been awarded for the two categories in the competition: architecture and design. Each winner was awarded 1000 Euro, total award money amounted to 6000 Euro.

Cosentino Group’s international competition for students aims to foster the talent promoting research into layout of spaces, materials and construction systems.

Cantoria (Almería), 24 June 2013.- The Cosentino Group, world leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, is pleased to announce the jury’s verdict of the 8th edition of the international competition Cosentino Design Challenge, in its two categories: architecture and design.

Cosentino Design Challenge, a competition for design, architecture, interior architecture students or similar areas of knowledge anywhere in the world, aims to foster the talent of students, promoting research into the different conceptual approaches to the layout of spaces, materials and the construction systems that define them, using materials made by Cosentino Group.

This year’s competition has received a total of 212 applications, 72 projects for the architecture category and 140 projects were presented for the design category.

A total of twelve prestigious institutions, schools and international universities have actively participated in Cosentino Design Challenge 2014: Design Academy Endhoven (Holland), University of Technology Sydney (Australia), Istituto Europeo di Design (Italy), Domus Academy (Italy), American Society of Interior Designers (USA), Escuela artediez de Madrid (Spain), Escuela de Arquitectura de Madrid (Spain), Escuela de Arquitectura de Sevilla (Spain), Escuela de Arte de Almería (Spain),  Escuela Superior de Diseño de Alicante (Spain), Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain) and Escuela Superior Técnica de Arquitectura de Barcelona (Spain).

The winners of the Architecture competition (awarded € 1,000 each), who had to take a historic or iconic building anywhere in the world, change its primary use to another of the participant’s choice, affording special attention to its skin, were:  

Cosentino Design Challenge Architecture Acknowledgements:

The winners of the Design prize (awarded € 1,000 each), who were asked to focus on “Cosentino and art”, giving careful consideration to the relationship between art, space, the observer and Cosentino products, were:

Cosentino Design Challenge: Design Acknowledgement:

The competition’s verdict took place today 24th of June in the cultural center CaixaForum in Madrid. The jury was composed of representatives from some schools and universities that have collaborated in the competition: Mr. Rudolf Arnout van Oosterhout from the Dutch school Design Academy Eindhoven, Ms. Endriana Audisho from the Australian University of Technology Sydney, Mr. Giacomo Bertolazzi from Istituto Europeo di Design, Ms. Isabel Plaza de la Escuela artediez de Madrid, Mr. Raúl Fraga from Escuela de Arquitectura de Madrid, Ms. Carmen Galán from Escuela de Arquitectura de Sevilla, Mr. Jose Ramón Gonzalez from Escuela de Arte de Almería, Mr. Jorge Marín from Escuela Superior de Diseño de Alicante, Ms. Taciana Laredo, from Universidad de Zaragoza and Mr. Félix Arranz from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona.

Likewise, the architect Héctor Ruiz Velazquez was also invited to take part in this jury. Santiago Alfonso, Director of Communication and Marketing represented the Cosentino Group.

This meeting also discussed various proposals for the theme of the ninth edition of Cosentino Design Challenge, to be presented later this year.

The posters of the winners are available on the website of the International Competition Cosentino Design Challenge: www.cosentinodesignchallenge.org


Silestone Expands Basiq Collection With Two New Colors

NEW YORK, NY (June, 2014) – Silestone® by Cosentino, the world leader in natural quartz surfacing, introduces an expanded Basiq series with the addition of two new colors, Noka and Lena. The two new colors feature finely grained neutral and cream tones that offer a universally appealing palette for large-scale commercial and residential projects.

The new colors are designed to meet the needs of extensive commercial and residential construction projects, such as hospitality, healthcare, multi-unit buildings, developments and communities. The Basiq series combines the high-quality performance capabilities of quartz and a sophisticated design aesthetic at a competitive entry-level price point.

The Basiq series now consists of a total of eight colors: Blanco City, Niebla, Marengo, Crema Urban, Toffee, Amarillo Monsul, and the newly added Noka and Lena. The addition of Noka and Lena, both available in a polished finish to offer a more intense and attractive shine, offers endless creative possibilities for professionals in the commercial and residential design fields.

As with all Silestone natural quartz products, the Basiq series is naturally non-porous and never needs to be sealed. It is easy to clean and has high scratch, stain, and heat resistance. Silestone is also proven to be a cleaner and safer countertop. It offers a unique combination of built-in antimicrobial protection that safely fights the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew along with the assurance of GREENGUARD certification for clean air quality, and National Sanitation Foundation certification (NSF 51) for safe food preparation.

Daniel Libeskind Chooses Dekton by Cosentino for the Venice Architecture Biennale

The architect has selected Cosentino’s material for his exterior sculpture Sonnets in Babylon at the Venice Pavilion.

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Venice, 6th June 2014 –Cosentino Group, global leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for the world of architecture and design, will be present for the first time ever at the Venice Architecture Biennale as a technical sponsor of the Venice Pavilion, represented by the architect Daniel Libeskind.

Daniel Libeskind has selected the ultra-compact surface Dekton® by Cosentino for his outdoor sculpture that forms part of Sonnets in Babylon, presented by the renowned architect for the Venice Pavilion.

As visitors approach the Pavilion, situated in the Giardini della Biennale di Venezia, they will first encounter a 5.5 meter high sculpture of a skewed axis form finished in the ultracompact surfacing material Dekton by Cosentino. The geometry of the form relates to the development of the axis as a fundamental to architectural drawing. Libeskind has explored this technical mark in all his major drawing works beginning with Micromegas continuing with Chamberworks, and now in Sonnets in Babylon. This sculptural “X” will serve as a starting point—a virtual beginning of a line that runs through the Sonnets and anchors their exploding and collapsing worlds.

The finish of this spectacular sculptural “X” in Dekton by Cosentino has been designed as a ventilated façade that shrouds the entire work, using “Rediwa CAT 1” system from Wandegar company. 65m2 of paneling and 15m2 of flooring in more than 50 pieces of various sizes, the largest 2.55m x 1.40m, of the ultra-compact surface with a thickness of 12mm. Paneling and flooring are presented in the same colour, Keranium, which has an industrial aesthetic.

Francisco Martinez-Cosentino, President of Cosentino Group highlighted: “It is a great honor for Cosentino Group to be present at the Venice Architecture Biennale as sponsors of the Venice Pavilion. The spectacular sculpture created by Daniel Libeskind with Dekton® surface is a fantastic example of our ongoing commitment to architecture at the highest level.”

In addition, the global company is present at the Architecture Biennale not only with the architect Daniel Libeskind at the Venice Pavilion, but also in the heart of the city with an exhibition at the Palazzo Bembo, a fifteenth century palace facing the Grand Canal.

In collaboration with the studio Opta Architects, Cosentino is present at the Palazzo Bembo in the THREETIMESTHREE project on display in the Palazzo with pieces of various sizes of 8mm thick Dekton® in Kadum colour, transmitting the innovative nature of both the project and the Architecture Biennale. The process of architectural research seems to materialize in an innovative surface that is exposed to the view and touch of visitors.

Silestone Trendspotters Take On New Challenge

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From L to R: Mark Williams, Kim Lewis, Kerrie Kelly, Courtney Cachet and Julia Buckingham Edelmann inside the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse kitchen, designed by Matthew Quinn. (Photo credit: Jack Lane)

NEW YORK, NY (MAY, 2014)Silestone (www.silestoneusa.com), a world leader in natural quartz surfacing, continues its popular Trendspotters program for a third year, adding a dynamic new component to the program — Silestone color design. The 2014 program kicked off during a special event at the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse in New York City, where Silestone was featured in the beautiful kitchen.

The five Trendspotters — a mix of renowned and influential designers from across the country — each represent a critical design destination and will continually share their design inspiration and trends using the hashtag #SilestoneTrends via social media and through the program’s dedicated website, SilestoneTrends.com. In addition, this year’s program will leverage the Trendspotters design expertise and regional market insight to develop the next color series for the popular Silestone natural quartz line, which will be unveiled at KBIS 2015, the Kitchen and Bath industry’s largest trade show that will take place in Las Vegas.

“We are excited to continue with the Silestone Trendspotter program and add another layer to the program this year,” said Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America.  “As a leader in the kitchen and bath industry, it’s critical that we continually tap creative talent from across the nation to help inspire our newest color series for Silestone. We’re looking forward to working together with the Trendspotters to develop a truly interesting offering that will resonate across the nation.”

This year’s Silestone Trendspotters represent program veterans and new additions, each with distinct and compelling design aesthetics from five important U.S. markets: New York City, Chicago, Sacramento, Austin, Atlanta.

  • Courtney Cachet is a celebrity designer and TV personality, based in the greater New York City area. Widely regarded as an international style influencer, she has logged over 1,000 TV appearances and is known for her designs including home décor accessories, paper goods and furniture. Courtney has made a career out of helping people realize their fullest potential – relying on her global travel and love of color and textures for inspiration. Courtney has been featured in Us Weekly, Vogue Italia, People, The Wall Street Journal, Woman’s Day, Better Homes & Gardens, Crain’s Business, The Rachel Zoe Report and numerous blogs.
  • Julia Buckingham Edelmann is the founder of the full-service interior design firm Buckingham Interiors + Design, which creates timeless and award-winning interiors.  Her beautifully curated retail showroom is a mélange of furniture, a rotating collection of fine art, lighting, unique artifacts and accessories.  Julia is the Chicago blogger for Material Girls and a 1stDibs dealer.  A former antiques dealer, Julia creates interiors by integrating antiques and modern furnishings using her trademarked Modernique® design aesthetic.  Julia’s work has been featured in House BeautifulThe New York TimesChicago TribuneBetter Homes & GardensHGTV.com, Luxe Interiors + Design, Traditional Home, Lonny, and Rue Magazine.
  • Kerrie Kelly is an award-winning interior designer and author who founded Sacramento-based Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in 1995. She has authored two books: Home Décor: A Sunset Design Guide, and My Interior Design Kit. In addition to being a certified interior designer, she’s also earned an MBA and is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and shares her design inspiration on her blog, Everyone Deserves Great Design. Kerrie’s work has been featured on several HGTV shows, including Room Crashers, Bath Crashers and House Crashers, Dwell, Elle Décor, Redbook and Colorado Homes & Lifestyle, Sacramento Magazine and numerous blogs.
  • Kim Lewis is best known as the Lead Designer behind ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and founder of Kim Lewis Designs in Los Angeles and Austin, TX. In six years with the television show, Kim designed over 120 homes in 43 states.  Her work has been featured on networks ABC, HGTV, TLC, National Geographic, Spike TV and FYI. Other publications include People, InStyle, TyPennington.com, BScene Magazine, Forbes.com, The Design Network, and more. Clients include celebrities, Jewel and Tiffani Amber Thiessen. Kim is a motivational public speaker, and has worked in Ghana, West Africa to build a therapeutic art center for children.
  • Mark Williams of Mark Williams Design Associates specializes in both Architectural Design and Interior Design.  With a degree in Architecture from Georgia Tech and extended study in Paris, Mark approaches design from an artistic and a technical viewpoint. Since 1998, Mark has developed a reputation for creating balanced, beautiful spaces by considering the architectural and interior design as a single process.  With luxury single-family, residential design and large multi-family projects nationwide, his firm has a diverse work portfolio and was honored by the Georgia Chapter of ASID.  The firm’s work can be frequently seen in in both regional and national publications.

Following the kickoff event at the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse, the Trendspotters will join Cosentino’s head of product development, Valentin Tijeras Garcia, for a creative design session in New York City. This summer, the Trendspotters will travel to Cosentino’s global headquarters in Almeria, Spain to test their initial colors. The final hues will be tested in the marketplace and sent into production in time for the unveiling at KBIS. The entire program will be documented on Silestonetrends.com and through each participants social media platforms, all using the hashtag #silestonetrends.

The inaugural Silestone Trendspotters program was launched in 2012 at the Kitchen and Bath Industry show in Chicago, with four leading designers, who were sent to scour the show and report back in their local market. The program continued in 2013 with three designers, who attended Dwell on Design to spot their favorite finds and also report their insights locally. To find out more about the program and the Silestone Trendspotters visit Silestonetrends.com.

Cosentino Collaborates to Host 2014 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

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Pictured above: Matthew Quinn, Patty Dominguez, Lorenzo Marquez (Photo credit: Jack Lane)

 

Cosentino North America and Hearst Design Group, hosted a private event for architects and interior designers at the 2014 Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York City last week to celebrate this year’s show house. The event spotlighted the beautiful kitchen designed by Matthew Quinn that featured countertops made of Cosentino’s natural quartz brand Silestone, in the Helix color with a smooth suede finish. The countertops were combined with other sophisticated décor to illustrate Quinn’s inspiration from the neighboring historical landmark, St. Patrick’s Cathedral. In its 42nd year, the show house featured a prominent group of more than 20 designers at the historic New York Palace Hotel, with all proceeds benefitting the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. Over the course of four decades, the Kips Bay Decorator Show house has grown into a must-see event for thousands of design enthusiasts and is renowned for sparking interior design trends throughout the world.

Cosentino Wins 2014 European Business Award

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NEW YORK, New York (May 28, 2014) – Cosentino Group, the world leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, was named the Best Import/Export Company at the prestigious 2013-2014 European Business Awards on May 27 at the annual awards gala held in Athens, Greece. Santiago Alfonso, Cosentino’s Director of Marketing and Communication, accepted the award joined by Isabel Martinez-Cosentino Ramos, who attended on behalf of the Cosentino family.

The prestigious award recognized Cosentino as a leading international brand within Europe and applauds the company’s “steady growth in export, expansion into new markets and the introduction of creative and innovative operational processes.” The award also acknowledged Cosentino for its “strength in the management and development of international trade, as well as the company’s ability to maintain and improve its position in the market over its competitors.”

The European Business Award is an independent honor focused on recognizing and promoting excellence, good practice, and innovation within the European business community. This year, 17,000 candidates from 34 European countries applied.

The award consists of three main phases. During the first phase, the National Champions from each country are chosen. Next, the “Ruban d’Honneur” award winners are named, which is followed by the companies presenting their organizations to a panel of judges.

Candidates for the award are assessed by a panel of over 100 judges, which includes European politicians, business leaders, academics and entrepreneurs. The judges assess the candidates according to three categories: innovation, ethics and the international approach. The awards conclude when the category winners are presented at the awards gala.

Cosentino Group with Daniel Libeskind at the Venice Architecture Biennale

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The ultra-compact surface Dekton® by Cosentino is the material selected by the architect Daniel Libeskind for his sculpture at the Venice Pavilion.

Cantoria, 22 May 2014 –Cosentino Group, global leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for the world of architecture and design, will be present for the first time ever at the Venice Architecture Biennale as a technical sponsor of the Venice Pavilion, represented by the architect Daniel Libeskind.

Daniel Libeskind has selected the ultra-compact surface Dekton® by Cosentino for his outdoor sculpture that forms part of Sonnets in Babylon, presented by the renowned architect for the Venice Pavilion.

As visitors approach the Pavilion, situated in the Giardini della Biennale di Venezia, they will first encounter a 5.5 meter high sculpture of a skewed axis form finished in the ultracompact surfacing material Dekton by Cosentino. The geometry of the form relates to the development of the axis as a fundamental to architectural drawing. Libeskind has explored this technical mark in all his major drawing works beginning with Micromegas continuing with Chamberworks, and now in Sonnets in Babylon. This sculptural “X” will serve as a starting point—a virtual beginning of a line that runs through the Sonnets and anchors their exploding and collapsing worlds.

The finish of this spectacular sculptural “X” in Dekton by Cosentino has been designed as a ventilated façade that shrouds the entire work, using “Rediwa CAT 1” system from Wandegar company. 65m2 of paneling and 15m2 of flooring in more than 50 pieces of various sizes, the largest 2.55m x 1.40m, of the ultra-compact surface with a thickness of 12mm. Paneling and flooring are presented in the same colour, Keranium, which has an industrial aesthetic.

Francisco Martinez-Cosentino, President of Cosentino Group highlighted: “It is a great honour for Cosentino Group to be present at the Venice Architecture Biennale as sponsors of the Venice Pavilion. The spectacular sculpture created by Daniel Libeskind with Dekton® surface is a fantastic example of our ongoing commitment to architecture at the highest level.”

In addition, the global company is present at the Architecture Biennale not only with the architect Daniel Libeskind at the Venice Pavilion, but also in the heart of the city with an exhibition at the Palazzo Bembo, a fifteenth century palace facing the Grand Canal.

In collaboration with the studio Opta Architects, Cosentino is present at the Palazzo Bembo in the THREETIMESTHREE project on display in the Palazzo with pieces of various sizes of 8mm thick Dekton® in Kadum colour, transmitting the innovative nature of both the project and the Architecture Biennale. The process of architectural research seems to materialize in an innovative surface that is exposed to the view and touch of visitors.

Cosentino Opens Denver Center

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Last week, Cosentino, the global leader in natural stone, quartz, and recycled surfacing, opened its 27th North American Cosentino Center in Denver. More than 250 attended the grand opening reception, including building and design industry leaders and top Cosentino executives. The new Denver center aims to enhance both the trade and consumer experience and continues Cosentino’s mission to expand its presence in the U.S. market.

The May 15th program included remarks from Eduardo Cosentino, President and CEO of Cosentino North America; Derek Edone, General Manager for the Denver Cosentino Center; Matt Thurston, Regional Director; and Brandon Calvo, Chief Operating Officer of Distribution. The grand opening celebrated the local culture as well as the company’s Spanish heritage with Spanish tapas, a flamenco dancer and Spanish guitarist.

Now, all visitors to the Denver Center will be able to explore and engage in the kitchen and bath experience — from material and color selection to specification and fabrication. With more than 33,600 square feet, the Cosentino Center showcases the full portfolio of Cosentino brands, including: Silestone Natural Quartz; ECO by Cosentino recycled surfaces; SenSa® Granite; Scalea Natural Stone; Marlique™ Marble; MURO™ Mosaics; and the Prexury™ Collection, a semi-precious stone line handmade by expert craftsmen, and Dekton, an innovative and ultra-compact surface with interior and exterior architectural applications. Unique to the center is a Dekton outdoor kitchen highlighting the materials outdoor applications and durability.

The Cosentino Center is more than a showroom and distribution center. It’s designed to support, promote, and educate trade professionals by integrating distribution facilities, exhibition areas, and workspaces for designers to bring clients, classrooms for continuing education and fully functioning kitchens and event space for demonstrations. The centers create a unique interactive environment for architects, designers, distributors and fabricators to view the latest products and design trends, attend educational workshops, hear from visiting expert speakers and receive training on new product innovations and installation techniques.