Silestone Turns 25

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This year Silestone® celebrates 25 years of providing homes around the world with design, quality and style. Silestone® was created in 1990 and came in a limited range of six colours that were only available in Spain. Today there are more than 60 colours and the brand is available in more than 80 countries spanning six continents. Constant commitment to innovation, product diversification and international expansion has led the multinational company based in the Spanish province of Almería to increase its capacity from a single production line to the 11 that exist today. Silestone® is now the market leader in quartz surfaces, with a worldwide distribution network of more than 90 Cosentino Centres.

To commemorate this anniversary, the Cosentino Group held an event at its Cantoria headquarters yesterday in which Cosentino’s founders, the Martínez-Cosentino Justo Brothers, the executive board and a group of employees celebrated 25 years of the brand’s history. Special mentions went out to almost 60 people who experienced the creation of Silestone® first hand.

 

At this emotional ceremony, the Cosentino Group’s founders, brothers Francisco, Eduardo and José Martínez-Cosentino Justo, wished to show those present at the event their gratitude for the effort and enthusiasm shown to them over the years. “Without your invaluable collaboration, it would not have been possible to have taken Silestone® to the leading position it enjoys today. You have set an example for all of us and represent the company’s true spirit,” said Francisco Martínez-Cosentino, Chairman of Cosentino, in his speech.

The creation of Silestone® in 1990 was a revolution for the stone industry and for professionals working in the sector. The new material came about through the determination to combine the best of natural stone in a single surface with one-of-a-kind physical and mechanical qualities, which was made possible thanks to Cosentino’s strategy of research and innovation. All the improvements developed in its performance have led to the consideration that Silestone® is more than just a simple material for decoration or construction, but one that brings new concepts in design and colour to kitchens in particular, and more recently to bathrooms.

Silestone® allows the creation of exciting designs ranging from the most beautiful kitchen work surface to the most innovative commercial project owing to its extremely wide range of colours, unique finishes and unrivalled technical and aesthetic properties.

To mark this 25th anniversary, Cosentino is extending its warranty on Silestone® from 10 to 25 years on any work surfaces purchased after January 1st 2015.

Another important change has been the inclusion of the Eco product line as a new Silestone® series, known as Silestone® Eco Line. It consists of 11 colours manufactured with at least 50% recycled materials such as glass, porcelain and vitrified ash, among others. The Silestone® Eco Line series also contains an environmentally friendly exclusive partially vegetable resin.

Essential to the development and growth of the Silestone® brand has been the role played by the company’s collaborators, customers and, naturally, end users.

As the Group’s chairman Francisco Martínez-Cosentino rightly pointed out: “The international recognition achieved through the Silestone® brand and Cosentino company over these 25 years has made the names of Almería, Andalusia and Spain become better known around the world.”

Important events in the history of Silestone®

1990 Silestone® is created in only six colours: Apollo Grey, Mars Red, Electra Blue, Medea Green, Olympus Beige and Thebes Black. The range currently extends to more than 60 colours and three innovative textures.Cosentino has a single Silestone® production line. Today there are 11 production lines for the product and a daily production capacity of 4.000 sheets.
1992 For the first time in its history, Silestone® collaborates with two great mass events: the Barcelona Olympics and Expo 92 Seville.
1997 Silestone® crosses the Atlantic through the creation of its subsidiary in the United States.
2000 Cosentino opens its first subsidiary in Brazil (Latina Vitoria) and marketing of Silestone® begins in Latin America.
2002 Silestone® reaches Asia through the Chinese market.
2002 Cosentino UK+IE subsidiary launches
2004 Cosentino creates bacteriostatic protection for Silestone®.The prestigious TIME magazine considers the brand as one of the technological innovations of the 21st century.
2005 Cosentino, through its Silestone® brand becomes the first Spanish company to advertise during the Super Bowl, one of the world’s most highly watched sporting events.
2008 For the first time, Silestone® collaborates with a leading figure in world sport: Fernando Alonso.
2009 Cosentino launches its Eco product (now named Silestone® Eco Line series) combining the highest level of design, performance and properties in one decorative surface, together with a genuinely green and sustainable component.Cosentino launches the Silestone® Bathroom Collection with its innovative large-format concept, greatly reducing the number of joints.
2010 Cosentino lauches the Integrity® sink, setting a benchmark for the industry with the first three-dimensional product made from a single piece of Silestone®.Marketing of Silestone® begins in Africa.
2011 Marketing of Silestone® begins in Australia.
2012 Silestone® continues to innovate through a new texture: Suede.

Annual Cosentino 100 Stone Leadership Summit Report

Cosentino Group brings Together Top North American Customers

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (February 17, 2015) – Last week the Cosentino Group (www.cosentino-group.net), a global leader in the production and distribution of natural stone, quartz, recycled and architectural surfaces, hosted its top customers from the U.S. and Canada for “Cosentino 100” – one of the largest manufacturer conferences in the industry.  This year’s event, which took place from February 10-14 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, touted the highest attendance in its history with more than 300 attendees from 115 independent companies.

Cosentino Group President Paco Francisco Martínez-Cosentino and CEO of Cosentino North America (CNA) Eduardo Martínez-Cosentino shared their vision and the company’s 2015 business strategy, which includes continued expansion in North America with plans to open nine new Cosentino Centers for a total of 39 North American centers.

“Each year, Cosentino 100 serves as a meeting of the minds for our industry’s thought leaders—where we all align and seize the innovation Cosentino is driving,” said Eduardo Martinez-Cosentino, CEO of Cosentino North America. “These conversations deepen our relationships with our top fabricators and distributors so that we can provide them the best service and most innovative products available.”

The recent introduction 8mm-thick Dekton also spurred discussion of innovative applications, such as flooring, wall paneling in high-moisture environments like the bath, as well as exterior facades. As a result, Cosentino plans to continue engaging key industry leaders n the interior design, architect, building and remodeling industries.

“Dekton embodies Cosentino’s passion for innovation and our commitment to help fabricators and distributors take their businesses to an entirely new level,” said Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America. “Cosentino 100 gives us unique, personal access not only to educate our customers on what’s to come, but to celebrate our shared growth to come.”

In addition to providing sneak-peeks at never-before-seen prototypes at the C100 Tradeshow, attendees attended educational sessions on design trends, marketing, and generational behaviors. A digital showcase invited attendees to experience Cosentino’s latest technology tools, including 3D home simulators and a digital warehouse, that empower tradespeople and homeowners alike to take design inspiration and product specification to an entirely new level. Industry partners such as Home Advisor, Breton, CNS Fabrication Ltd., Comandulli and Grandquartz, among others, also exhibited.

Cosentino Group and Monica Förster launch a collaboration at Stockholm Design Week 2015

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Cosentino launches a brand new collaboration with Monica Förster Design Studio during Stockholm Design Week 2015. The first part of the collaboration is a table accessory collection called Twilight, made entirely of Dekton. The collection will be presented in an exhibition at Bianchi Café & Cycles in Stockholm.

Cosentino Group is the global leader in natural stone and innovative surfaces for architecture and design. In 2014 Cosentino Group launched Dekton, a material with huge potential for the architecture and design field. Twilight is a collection of table accessories and outdoor candleholders designed by Monica Förster Design Studio for Bianchi Café & Cycles. Dekton’s unique resistance to heat and thermal shock have inspired the designer to create the collection.

“Dekton feels like a Hi-Tec, futuristic material,” said designer Monica Förster. “The material’s unique qualities; its resistance to heat, thermal shock and the fact that it is ultra compact makes it a very exciting material for me, as a designer, to explore. We have therefore created a collection which is based on these qualities.”

The collection consists of two families, Tealight and Moonlight. Tealight is a collection of trays, with an integrated tealight holder, which creates a nice ambiance. The Tealight collection includes a tealight holder as well as a coaster for oil and vinegar.

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The other family, Moonlight, is a collection of candleholders in two sizes. The key to this collection is the contrast between light and shadow. The Moonlight collection is made of three different shaped sides that interact with each other. This creates a movement that makes the object look different depending on which angle you are viewing it from. By turning the torch holders in different directions, it is possible to create numerous variations within the world of illumination.

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Since Dekton is extremely compact, it is easy to wipe clean if it gets dirty by the smoke from the outdoor candles. The products are made in 8 mm and 12 mm Dekton in the colours Irok, Zenith, Domoos and Sirocco. 

Twilight is a collaboration between Cosentino Group, Monica Förster Design Studio and Stengruppen, designed specifically for Bianchi Café & Cycles. The installation will be launched on February 2 and is open to the public until February 20 at Bianchi Café & Cycles terrace in central Stockholm. Monica Förster is the recipient of the Designer of the Year by presented by Elle Decoration in February 2015.

“House of Dekton” A Cosentino Project by Steffen Kehrle

 The Cosentino Group is presenting this year 2015 the ‘House of Dekton’ project by designer Steffen Kehrle at the following European shows:

  • BAU – Munich: 19-24 January, Hall A4, Booth 301
  • SFF – Stockholm: 3-7 February, Hall A42:16
  • Made Expo – Milan: 18-21 March
  • Construmat – Barcelona: 18-22 May

Cosentino Group, world leader in the production of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, launched last year Dekton®; a surface material whose dimensions are huge, and not only with respect to slab sizes. “The material’s many outstanding qualities offer both architects and interior designers totally new options, and it is these options we want to showcase with the ‘House of Dekton’”, says designer Steffen Kehrle. Featuring outstanding aesthetics, the House of Dekton combines the many different possible applications of Dekton. The 14-sided house is made entirely of Dekton: floors, walls, roof, seating and a corresponding 14-sided table as the central element are all made from Dekton.

 

 

 

Flexibility is not only demonstrated in the material itself but also in the central table that is used as a counter, a meeting point or a ‘playground’: Dekton kits containing screwdrivers, lighters and aggressive cleaning agents are supplied so that visitors can test the surface’s outstanding resilience for themselves. The material’s properties are also communicated via icons engraved in the wall and floor panels, removing the need for additional information boards.

The walls are made from large-format Dekton slabs (1.44 x 3.20m), arranged next to each other as in a house of cards. The entire Dekton house is in the ‘Danae’ colour finish, an elegant cream shade, reminiscent of travertine limestone. Only the central table with its 15 different shades mirrors the entire colour palette in which Dekton is currently available. The space has an almost sculptural feel and, besides serving as a source of information, it is also a meeting place featuring a continuous circular bench along the interior wall that invites visitors to sit down and stay for a while. A dimmable dome light in the ceiling contributes to creating a calm and relaxing atmosphere. A ‘sky’ of ceiling lights with a diameter of 1.5m illuminates the house in such a clever way that almost no shadows are created.

With the ‘House of Dekton’, Steffen Kehrle has created a place where visitors, architects, designers and clients can meet and experience Dekton. The project provides a powerful direct experience of the multiple options provided by this product.“With Dekton, Cosentino has launched a very exciting high-performance material, a true all-rounder. There are no limits to your imagination, everything can be created in one single integrated design: for architects and designers, this is pure heaven”, says Steffen Kehrle.

When designing the House of Dekton, Steffen Kehrle opted for a round shape that is reminiscent of many examples from history: the Pantheon and Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House, but also of early dwellings like the tepee or even of a circus tent and, last but not least: of a house of cards.

Cosentino’s Andalusian home is also referenced in the house: the Dekton slabs to the left and right hand side of the entrance are decorated with an engraved pattern based on the House of Dekton floor plan and reminiscent of traditional Moorish tile patterns from the south of Spain. This kind of treatment is just one example of the many ways in which Dekton can be personalised. Additionally, the specially developed production technology allows the creation of customised colours, textures, patterns or finishes.

Rafa Nadal, the worldwide face of Dekton® by Cosentino

#CosentinowithNadal

Cantoria (Almería, Spain), 15 January 2015.- The ultracompact surface for the world of architecture and design, Dekton® by Cosentino, is launching its new advertising campaign together with Rafa Nadal as the face of the brand. The framework for the agreement signed between the multinational company and the tennis player from Majorca at the end of 2014, through which Cosentino has become a sponsor of the “Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar” project, also includes the use of his image for advertising purposes. The campaign launch will take place simultaneously worldwide.

Under the title “DEKTON. UNLIMITED.”, the campaign presents the perfect combination of Rafa Nadal, whose talent, strength and versatility on any surface have made him a world leader in sport, and Dekton®, a product made unique by its resistance, advanced technology, durability, versatility and beauty. Dekton® and Nadal areunlimited.

Just as a match is won stroke by stroke, forcefully, putting one’s rivals and oneself to the test, Dekton® is subjected to unlimited force every day, with its uses and applications, technology and design being put to the
test. The ultracompact Dekton® material forms the perfect partnership with designers and architects from all over the world for any interior or exterior project and with the highest guaranteed reliability.

Its excellent properties, such as high mechanical resistance; good thermal shock resistance; very good colour
stability; high resistance to scratching, staining, abrasion, UV rays and hydrolysis; and reduced wáter absorption means that Dekton® can be used on kitchen worktops and bathroom vanities, wall and floor treatments, furniture, façades and any other exterior surface. The new advertising campaign entirely reflects this versatility for applications that Dekton® offers, placing the tennis star in two large sets, one indoors and
the other outdoors, which are completely covered with the new ultracompact surface in the shades of Aura (white with grey veining on worktops and walls), Zenith (matt white on interior and exterior floors) and Strato (grey on wall).

The “Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar” project, the tennis academy the sporting figure is soon to open in his home town of Manacor, Majorca, will also be an example of all the architectural and design possibilities Dekton® offers, as this material will be used on façades, floors and other surface treatments.

According to Santiago Alfonso, Director of Marketing and Communications for Cosentino Group, “this new form of collaboration through which Rafa Nadal becomes the international image for Dekton®, our great contribution to the world of architecture and design, fills us with great pride. There are values that we undoubtedly share with Rafa, such as our daily effort, continuous innovation and the endless quest for leadership and success. We like to work with the best, and Rafa Nadal will help us make Dekton® a model of success for the world.

DEKTON UNLIMITED 2015 “RAFA NADAL”, credits

Advertiser: Cosentino Group

Product / Brand: Dekton® by Cosentino

Sector: Surfaces and materials for interior design and architecture

Original Idea/Concept: Nadie. Creative Knowledge: Damián Granados, Esteban Sosa (Cosentino Group)

Photography: Alberto Rojas Fotografia

Producer: Cosentino Group Marketing Department /Evolution BCN

Photographer’s assistants: Manuel Padilla (1st assistant) y Jose Antonio Gómez Morenate (2nd assistant)

Graphic Design / Layout: Esteban Sosa

Copy: David García

Production assistant, location scout: Miguel Sabiote

Wardrobe: Diesel

Stylist: Crearte (Guillermo García)

Hair & Makeup: Crearte (Guillermo García)

Digital retouching: Esteban Sosa

Sets and 3D retouching: Grupo A3 Comunicación

Model: Francina Models

Dekton® by Cosentino obtains ETA 14/0413 evaluation and CE marking as an external wall cladding of ventilated façades

Cantoria (Almería), 12th of January 2015.- Dekton® by Cosentino, the new ultracompact surface from Cosentino for the world of architecture and design, has obtained the European Technical Assessment (ETA) 14/0413 evaluation and the 1220-CPR-1459 certificate for CE marking as an external wall cladding for ventilated façades.

Dekton® by Cosentino is an ultracompact surface manufactured by means of a dry pressing process, with the largest press in the world created exclusively for Dekton® (25,000 tonnes), enabling the production of a large format slab (3.20 m x 1.44 m) and with extraordinary technical properties, such as high mechanical resistance, low water absorption, very good colour stability and very good dimensional stability, and high resistance to UV rays, stains, freezing and thawing. Owing these properties, the Dekton® surface can be perfectly incorporated onto façades by means of different types of concealed stainless steel or aluminium fixings. 

The Dekton® surface also comes in a wide variety of sizes, designs, colours and textures that allow buildings to be given a natural and customised aesthetic, and offering great versatility to their exterior design.

Cladding systems for ventilated façades allow thermal insulation to be incorporated via the exterior, which is a highly suitable alternative for improving the energy efficiency of new or retrofitted buildings. Additionally, the sustainable use of natural resources and respect for the environment are two aspects that Cosentino holds very present in the manufacture of Dekton®. These environmental aspects may be assessed in the future, when laws and harmonised European methods for their evaluation will be introduced, a field in which the European Organisation for Technical Assessment (EOTA) and the Catalonia Institute of Construction Technology (ITeC) are currently working.

Assessement issued for Dekton®

The ETA makes it possible to issue a Declaration of Performance and the CE marking for products that are uncovered or partially covered by a harmonised standard. The ETA is issued by ITeC in its capacity as a Technical Assessment Body (TAB) and is approved in the context of the EOTA. ITeC is a body that has been authorised to assess unregulated and innovative products as a member of EOTA since 1996 and has been designated as a TAB under the new regulation EU/305/2011 since March 2013 for all product categories covered by it.

The ETA issued for Cosentino includes the characterisation and experimental evaluation of the Dekton® surface for use as external wall cladding for façades: wind load resistance, impact resistance and reaction to fire, durability, and the characterisation of the fixing components necessary for the surface to be conveniently incorporated onto façades.

External cladding for ventilated façades with the CE marking offer performance that has been assessed by a third party and performance characteristics that have been confirmed and contrasted according to European methodologies.

The full text of the ETA 14/0413 can be viewed here.

Cosentino Group Ends 2014 With Presence on Five Continents; Anticipates Gross Revenue of $684 Million

New York, NY (December, 2014) – Cosentino, the global leader in the production and distribution of innovative architectural and design surfaces, announced at its annual Strategic Conference that the company will end 2014 with a sales presence and fixed assets on five continents, a milestone achieved following the recent opening of a logistics platform in South Africa. Additionally, Cosentino expects to end the year with gross revenue of $684 million, representing an increase of 14.7 percent compared to 2013, with over 90 percent of its sales generated outside of its global headquarters in Spain.

In an opening address, Francisco Martínez-Cosentino, President of Cosentino Group, highlighted the worldwide launch of the ultra-compact surface Dekton; the growing digitalization of the organization; and the company’s unwavering commitment to job security at all production centers. The address identified the diversification of niche markets as a future challenge, in which the incorporation of new talent and increased internal promotion of employees based on their continuing education will be a driving force.

More than 70 representatives attended the annual conference, held December 15 and 16 at Cosentino’s headquarters in Almeria, Spain. This year’s event included the incorporation of representatives from the company’s new markets of Japan, Turkey, Israel, Canada and South Africa.

Continued international expansion, linked to the variety of innovative systems for sales and distribution, has been identified as one of the most notable achievements for the year. In 2014, Cosentino opened 10 new Centers, one Cosentino City Center, and established a presence in the new markets of Canada and Turkey. Currently, Cosentino operates directly with employees, fixed sales, and production assets in 29 countries, and is projected to employ close to 3,000 individuals in the year ahead.

Innovation was a central theme for the year, as Dekton, the revolutionary ultra-compact surface, garnered worldwide recognition and numerous accolades. It has enabled the company to increase activity in the world of architecture and design, as well as strengthen its presence in new market segments such as façades and outdoor applications.

Over the course of 2014, Cosentino celebrated a number of partnerships with well-known individuals in the international fields of architecture and sports. The company continued its collaboration with the architect Daniel Libeskind, including a presence at the Venice Architecture Biennale; partnered with Italo Rota at Milan Design Week and with Steffen Kehrle for the “House of Dekton” project. In the United States, Cosentino renewed its commitment to the Make It Right foundation. In October, the company announced a new partnership with professional tennis player Rafael Nadal in which Cosentino will contribute materials to the star’s tennis academy.

 

 

The National Kitchen & Bath Association Announces 2015 President and Executive Committee

23-year industry veteran Maria Stapperfenne, CKD, CBD, of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, will head the association, effective January 1, 2015

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (NOVEMBER 19, 2014) — The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), the premier association for kitchen and bath professionals with over 60,000 members, today announced its 2015 Executive Committee, led by 2015 President Maria Stapperfenne, CKD, CBD of Whitehouse Station, NJ. Mark Kovich, of Winchester, VA, was named 2015 President-Elect, and Denise Dick, CMKBD, of Carrollton, TX, will serve as Vice President. Lorenzo Marquez, of Sugar Land, TX, will assume the role of Treasurer, and Blue Arnold, CKD, CBD, of Jarrettsville, MD, will hold the position of Secretary. John A. Petrie, CMKBD, of Mechanicsburg, PA, will serve as Immediate Past President.

Find additional information on each of the 2015 NKBA Executive Committee members below.

Maria Stapperfenne

President – Maria Stapperfenne, CKD, CBD, Tewksbury Kitchens & Baths, Whitehouse Station, NJ

Maria Stapperfenne, CKD, CBD, started her career in kitchens and baths in 1992, becoming a Certified Kitchen Designer in 2005 and a Certified Bath Designer in 2006. She is the Manager of Tewksbury Kitchens & Baths, a division of Huston Lumber & Supply Co, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Trenton State College. Maria has been active in the Northern NJ Chapter, serving as President, Secretary, VP of Technology & Communications, and Chapter Representative. She has served as a Region Director, member of the Board of Directors, Certification Test Validation Committee, Nominating Committee, Industry Segment Task Force, Development Task Force, Governance Task Force, and a judge for the NKBA Design Competition.

 

Mark KovichPresident-Elect – Mark Kovich, Waypoint Living Spaces ®, Winchester, VA

Mark has been a part of the kitchen & bath industry for 23 years. During this time, he has served on the advisory council of manufacturers (as Chair), as well as Virginia Tech. Most recently, he served on the NKBA Board of Directors as a Member at Large. During his 3-year term, he served on the CEO Compensation Committee and the Governance Task Force, and chaired the Nominating Committee. He is currently the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Waypoint Living Spaces®, which is the proud sponsor of the NKBA Student and Professional Design Competitions.

 

 

Denise DickVice President – Denise Dick, CMKBD, Signature Kitchens by Design, Carrollton, TX

Denise Dick, CMKBD, has been active in the kitchen and bath industry since 1984 as a designer, trainer, training development writer and consultant. In 2002, she opened Signature Kitchens by Design, a full-service conceptual design agency that offers design, planning and comprehensive management of remodeling projects. She has been active in her NKBA chapter from the beginning, serving as President, VP of Technology and Communications, VP of Membership, Secretary and Chapter Representative. Denise was also a judge for the local NARI Contractor of the Year Awards. She has served on the national NKBA level as a Region Director, member of the Board of Directors, the Education Task Force, the CKBP Certification Committee, the CKBP Exam Blueprint Specification Committee, and as a test writer for the CKBP exam.

 

Lorenzo MarquezTreasurer – Lorenzo Marquez, Cosentino North America, Sugar Land, TX

Lorenzo Marquez is Vice President of Marketing for Cosentino North America, a world leader in the manufacturing and distribution of quartz, natural stone, and recycled surfaces. In this role, he oversees all marketing, public relations and digital strategies for Cosentino Group’s portfolio of brands in the U.S. market. Lorenzo has been instrumental in overseeing Cosentino’s expansion in North America, which in 2015 will include the launch of 10 new regional Cosentino Centers, and the ongoing global launch of Dekton by Cosentino. He joined Cosentino in 2003 after receiving a degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and working for Levi Strauss & Company, also in marketing. He serves on the NKBA KBIS Advisory Council and is an active member of the A+D and Kitchen & Bath community.

 

Blue Arnold

Secretary – Blue Arnold, CKD, CBD, Kitchens by Request, Inc., Jarrettsville, MD

Blue Arnold CKD, CBD, is the Principal of Kitchens by Request, Inc., located in Jarrettsville, Maryland. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia in 1990, and soon after joined his family business. He has served on the NKBA Board of Directors since 2013, and has held the following positions in the Baltimore/Washington Chapter: President 2007-2008, VP Strategic Planning 2009, VP Programs 2004-2006, Secretary 2002-2003, and currently, Chapter Representative. He has served on numerous task forces and committees including the Governance Task Force, 50th Anniversary Task Force, 2013 30 under 30 Selection Committee, 2014 NKBA Executive Nominating Committee, 2010 NKBA Student Design Competition Judging Panel, 2011 & 2014 NKBA Design Competition Judging Panel, Region 3 Secretary BOCR, and as the 2013 KBIS Chapter Officer Leadership Summit Training Facilitator.

John A. Petrie

Immediate Past President – John A. Petrie, CMKBD, Mother Hubbard’s Custom Cabinetry, Mechanicsburg, PA

John A. Petrie, CMKBD, has been working in the kitchen and bath industry since 1987, designing custom kitchens, bathrooms, home offices, wine cellars and home theaters. His early education was in architectural design, but his defining specialty and advanced training have been in kitchens and baths. He is the owner of Mother Hubbard’s Custom Cabinetry in Mechanicsburg, PA. John has served the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the NKBA as Treasurer, Vice President of Communications, President, and Chapter Representative. During his tenure on the NKBA Board of Directors, he has served on numerous committees and chaired several task forces. John and his father, Les Petrie, CMKBD, have both been leaders in the NKBA, with John serving as President in 2014, and Les in 2003. This distinction marked the first-ever, father-and-son presidencies for the NKBA.

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS®). With 60,000+ members, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry since its founding in 1963. The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide. For more information, visit NKBA.org or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

Cosentino Presents an Array of New Introductions at KBIS 2015, Booth N1415

LAS VEGAS, NV (January, 2015) – Cosentino, the global leader in natural stone, quartz, recycled and architectural surfacing, reveals an impressive line up of product introductions and activities taking place during the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, which takes place in Las Vegas from January 20-22.

This year, Cosentino will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Silestone, the leading global brand of quartz surfacing, with a number of stunning new introductions: 

  • Silestone Influencer series: The first complete designer collaboration color series from Cosentino, the Influencer series was created in partnership with the Silestone Trendspotters – a group of influential designers from across the nation — the Influencer Series will feature hues inspired by the regional trends from each designer’s market. The Trendspotters will be at the Cosentino booth to discuss their colors and will also be featured in a panel discussion with Hearst Design Group, which takes place at the NKBA Center Stage at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 22.
  • Nebula Alpha series: A stunning collection of four colors inspired by natural stone that are subtle, yet distinctive, featuring an original pattern of colored veining.
  • Integrity XL: The popular sink made entirely from a single slab of Silestone natural quartz now comes in an 8-inch-deep model to meet the needs of the North American market.

Cosentino will celebrate Silestone’s milestone anniversary throughout the year, starting at KBIS with the announcement of its new extended 25-year warranty and a 25th Anniversary Party, which takes place at XS Nightclub at the Encore Hotel on the evening of Wednesday, January 21.

In the booth, Cosentino also will highlight Dekton by Cosentino – an innovative, ultra-compact surface for both interior and exterior design, showcased in five new colors. Aura, the luminary of the five hues, is inspired by Calacatta marble with large-scale veining for a powerful design statement. Cosentino also will feature Dekton in two unique vignettes: One will showcase an outdoor kitchen, featuring two brand partners, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens and Coyote Outdoor Living. Dekton also serves as the countertop in the sleek, new Poggenpohl kitchen collaboration with Porsche Design.

“This is a milestone year for Cosentino, and we are looking forward to telling that story through all of the activities taking place at KBIS this year,” said Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America. “KBIS is a critical industry show and the ideal venue to begin our Anniversary celebrations. We are honored to take part as not only as an exhibitor, but also contribute to the educational offerings and networking events.”