Sydney’s restaurant Sepia receives the “One To Watch Award”, sponsored by Silestone® in “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015”


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  • This prestigious list was unveiled last night at London’s landmark Guildhall building attended by the world’s leading chefs.
  • The award sponsored by Silestone® highlights and recognizes the potential and history developed by the restaurant Sepia, with chef Martin Benn, in the past year.
  • Silestone® is the official supplier of quartz countertops in “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015”.

CANTORIA, ALMERIA, June 2, 2015.-  Silestone®, the world’s leading brand in quartz surfaces, sponsored the “One To Watch Award”, included in the list of the “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015”. Last night this award was given to the restaurant Sepia with chef Martin Benn. To view the complete list visit

The award ceremony honoring this prestigious list took place last night in the emblematic Guildhall building in London. Santiago Alfonso, Director of Communication and Marketing of Cosentino Group, presented the award to Martin Benn and his wife Vicky Wild.

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Silestone® is an official supplier of quartz countertops for “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015”. Featured at the event was an impressive and gleaming countertop in the color Rossa Monza on which a Master Ham Cutter carved Serrano ham.

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This is the fifth consecutive year in which Cosentino Group and its products are part of one of the most important international culinary events worldwide.

“For Cosentino it is an honor to be part, once again, of this global haute cuisine event,” said Alfonso “The most important chefs and restaurants in the world, many of them here tonight, opt for our materials because of the technical and aesthetic features that they add to their kitchens. Being here today, and the fact that these masters of the culinary arts place their trust in Cosentino, demonstrates and reaffirms the leadership of our products in the field of international gastronomy. “

Silestone® is supporting another edition of the list of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015” in a very significant year for the company, celebrating its 25th anniversary. To mark this special milestone, Cosentino Group is developing various commemorative activities around the world.

Silestone Announces 2015 Trendspotters

The New Class of Trendspotters will Collaborate with Silestone for Upcoming Color Series

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NEW YORK, NY (MAY, 2015)Silestone (, a world leader in natural quartz surfacing, has announced the 2015 class of its popular Trendspotters program. The six industry influencers will collaborate with Silestone on colors to debut at KBIS 2016. The program, now in its fourth year, kicked off with a day of trendspotting around Manhattan, culminating at the Opening Night of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House where Silestone is showcased in the kitchen designed by Christopher Peacock. The new Trendspotters—an eclectic mix of influential interior designers from the United States and Canada—each hail from markets known for their distinctive design. Throughout the program, they will capture and share both regional insights from their hometown markets, as well as design inspiration and the latest trends using the hashtag #SilestoneTrends via social media and through the program’s website, The collaboration will conclude in Las Vegas at KBIS 2016, the kitchen and bath industry’s largest tradeshow, where the Trendspotter color series will be unveiled for the first time. “Each year, the Silestone Trendspotter program proves to be a dynamic initiative that helps keep Silestone at the forefront of industry color trends by engaging top design talent,” said Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America. “Not only is the 2015 Trendspotter class our biggest yet, it also reflects our expansion in the North American market with designers representing both the United States and Canada. We’re eager to see what they forecast for 2016 and how it inspires the new series of Silestone colors.” This year’s Silestone Trendspotters bring distinct and compelling design aesthetics from six influential markets: Toronto, Canada; Santa Fe, NM; Pensacola, FL; Palm Springs, CA; Dallas, TX; and New York City.

  • Theresa Casey Theresa Casey is one of Canada’s most celebrated interior designers and the principal of the Toronto-based award-winning architecture and interior design firm Casey Design/Planning Group. Extensive education in art history, fine art and design give her the mastery of period detail and style that inform her projects, ranging broadly from traditional to contemporary. With each project she aims to create architecturally authentic spaces that emphasize scale, color and proportion, and to enhance her clients lives through structure, order and beauty.
  • Steffany Hollingsworth, ASID, NCIDQ started her interior design career more than 20 years ago in Dallas before relocating to Santa Fe, where she is a Principal Partner of HVL Interiors. In addition to serving on the National Board of Directors and other leadership positions for ASID, Steffany has appeared on HGTV’s Designers’ Challenge and her work has been featured across several books, including Leader Residential Interior Designers and New Adobe Home. She has also designed products for New Mexico-based lighting manufacturer Nicor, Inc.
  • Cheryl Kees Clendenon is the owner and lead designer of the award-winning design firm In Detail Interiors in Pensacola, FL. She is known for her innovative design solutions in the most challenging of parameters, and chronicles her design project adventures and the products she loves on her blog, Details and Design. Cheryl recently launched 1514 HOME, a retail design studio featuring eclectic furnishings and vintage accessories. She serves on the Blanco Design Council, DXV Designer Panel and the Kitchen and Bath Business Advisory Board.
  • Christopher Kennedy brings a synthesis of big-city style and relaxed resort living to his work. From the Christopher Kennedystorefront in Palm Springs, CA, he creates his furniture line, a candle line, lighting for Lamps Plus, along with an outdoor furniture line. In conjunction with Modernism Week, Christopher organizes and produces the only Decorator Showcase House in Palm Springs, attracting 3,000 guests in 10 days and raising nearly $100,000 for Modernism Week’s education and preservation efforts.
  • Denise McGaha specializes in turn-key, concierge-level interior design service delivered in 90 days or less. Her Dallas-based firm, Denise McGaha Interiors, is rooted in a sophisticated methodology and solid business acumen evolved through her tenure with luxury retailer Neiman Marcus, where she honed her well-trained eye.
  • Drew McGukin brings a touch of the unexpected to each of his projects through beautiful textures and bold patterns that vibrate with the perfect amount of sophistication, warmth, innovation, style and approachability. Following his graduation from the New York School of Interior Design in 2010, Drew spent a year at Matthew Yee Interiors before launching his own New York-based firm, Drew McGukin Interiors.

During the program kick-off in New York City, the Trendspotters also met with Cosentino’s global head of product development, Valentin Tijeras Garcia, for a creative design session. In September, the Trendspotters will travel to Cosentino’s global headquarters in Almeria, Spain to continue the color collaboration process with the company’s research and development team. The series will then be tested in the marketplace and sent into production in time for the unveiling at KBIS. The entire program will be documented on 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 when four leading designers were sent to scour the show and report back in their local market. The program continued in 2013 with three new designers and a trendspotting trip to DWELL on Design in LA.  In 2014 the program evolved to a new level with each Trendspotter developing their own color for the Silestone “Influencer Series” which debuted at KBIS 2015 in Las Vegas. To find out more about the program and the Silestone Trendspotters, visit

Cosentino Group is sponsoring the architecture publication “Spain Builds”

Cosentino Group has sponsored the publication Spain Builds, a comprehensive report on architecture in Spain from 1975-2015. The work covers through projects and authors the main creations carried out in Spain both by domestic and foreign architects.

The publication, produced by Arquitectura Viva and with Luis Fernnádez-Galiano as editor, provides a comprehensive view of the Spanish architecture of democracy, preceded by an extensive introduction to the architecture during the Franco regime, in order to provide a historical perspective of the Contemporary architecture scene. Originally published in 2006 for the Spanish architecture exhibition at New York’s MoMA, the book was conceived as a contextual prologue for the exhibited projects. Later, it was extended and reissued again in 2010 for the Spanish participation in the Shanghai Expo.


Now, with the collaboration of Cosentino Group, the third edition of Spain Builds comes to light to mark Milano Expo 2015, with the addition of a new chapter that accounts for the last five years. The book includes nine articles in Spanish and English, by international historians and critics covering major architectural developments and achievements in Spain in the period between 1975 and 2015. Signatories of this publication include recognised authors in the world of architecture such as Kenneth Frampton, Peter Buchanan, François Chaslin and Alexander Tzonis.

Cosentino Group gives free access to the last chapter that accounts for the 2010-2015 period, signed by Fulvio Irace:

This prestigious project has been presented today at an exclusive event held at the Spain Pavilion, which also included the participation of the architect Fermín Vázquez, the editor and architect Luis Fernández-Galiano, and finally the Italian professor and person responsible for updating the last five years of the publication, Fulvio Irace. On behalf of Cosentino Group, it was attended by Santiago Alfonso, Director of Marketing and Communications and Roberto Franceschin, Country Manager of Cosentino Italy.

According to Santiago Alfonso, “for Cosentino it is an honour to present this publication as part of Milano Expo 2015 and in the Spain Pavilion as we are a collaborating company. Today’s event confirms our growing relationship with architecture thanks, largely, to the versatility and good acceptance with our surfaces, such as Dekton® or Silestone® for architects and professionals from around the world”.

The multinational company is a collaborating company in the construction of the Spain Pavilion, which has been designed by Fermín Vázquez’s b720 studio. Cosentino has handed over almost 1,000m2 of its Dekton® ultra compact surface for different uses, as well as wash-hand basins manufactured using another leading product, Silestone®. It is also responsible for one of the most appealing proposals in the Pavilion will be the recreation of the tomato genome in Dekton® planks, printed using inkjet technology, and which will be laid as flooring in the public exhibition and space areas.

Ferragamo Parfumes Choose Cosentino Group Installation Deep Words Light as the Ideal Stage for the Beautiful Concert “Emozioni di Maggio”

Cosentino Group, world leading in production of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, hosted yesterday night, inside the amazing stage of Deep Words Light, “Emozioni di Maggio”, a beautiful concert organized by Ferragamo Parfumes.

Deep Words Light is born from the collaboration between Cosentino and Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners. The project, completely designed with the ultracompact surface Dekton® by Cosentino, is part of the event “Interni, Energy for Creativity 2015” taking place in the courtyard of the University of Milan until May 24th.

Inspired by the Teatro Olimpico of Palladio, creates an outdoor theater in the largest courtyard of the University of Milan, with four Dekton® steles that form the backdrop for an ideal stage in the 17th-century portico.

Emozione, the new Ferragamo women perfume, has been the protagonist of this touching night full of emotions, where essence, light, music, poetry and art melt together, and Cosentino installation was the ideal stage for the exlusive Ferragamo Parfumes concert played by “Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino”.

Cosentino Group Opens in Israel with a New Center in Tel Aviv

Cosentino Group has set up in Israel with the opening of a new Center in the city of Tel Aviv which will centralise the service for and distribution of its products for the whole country.

By setting up logistics centres and offering comprehensive service via what are called “Cosentino Centers” as part of its geographical diversification strategy, the multinational has established itself with its own assets in a growing market, and this company, highly specialised in the stone industry, expects great growth potential.

The investment made by the Spanish multinational for this first phase that has been set up has reached 2 million Euros, destined mainly for the facility in the Petah Tikva district (Tel Aviv). The Center has a total floor area of ​​1,800m2 for warehousing and offices, of which 250m2 are devoted to the showroom and exhibition of products and design solutions. The facility can store up to 2,500 stabs.

Cosentino’s operation in this new market is headed by Itay Shimony, Area Manager for Cosentino Israel, and will, for the time being, lead an initial team of eight people who will be responsible for meeting the needs of the Israeli market. The team encompassed the permanent commitment to quality and personalised service that Cosentino always offers.

The inauguration of the Center, held on Wednesday, was attended by Fernando Carderera, Spanish Ambassador to Israel, as well as the Embassy’s Trade Office Delegate, ​​Emilio López Viñuela. The multinational was represented at the event by Eduardo Alfonso Martínez-Cosentino, Global Sales Director of Cosentino Group; Ginés Navarro, Sales Director for the Asia Pacific region and for Direct Sales; and Santiago Alfonso, Director of Marketing and Communications.

According to Eduardo Martínez-Cosentino Alfonso, “following Turkey last year, Israel represents a new qualitative leap in the region of the Middle East for our expansion strategy based on establishing ourselves with our own assets.  Moreover, our presence in Israel is particularly significant for us as it was one of the first markets where we distributed Silestone® outside Spain in the beginning, thanks largely to the support of the Shimony family”.

“We are convinced that our ability to offer service, prestige, experience and be close to customers will be key today for us to grow in a very competitive market in the stone industry and, more specifically, in the case of quartz surfaces,” concluded the Group’s Global Sales Director.

In addition to the sales distribution system, one of the competitive variables of the company will be its innovative and pioneering profile, resulting in unique solutions within the stone industry with products, for instance, such as Dekton®, Cosentino’s ultra-compact surface. This brand, and as is happening in other markets since its launch in 2013, will be a key asset for growth in Israel thanks to its wide range of applications, the great possibilities it offers for design projects and its outstanding physical properties.

Today, Cosentino Group has over 90 Centers worldwide and distributes its products in more than 80 countries, with operations based on its own assets in 26 of them, including the Israeli market. Over 90% of its consolidated turnover is generated by its international markets.

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Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel & Partners With the Ultra-compact Dekton Surface at Milano Design Week 2015

Milan, April 14th 2015 – Cosentino Group, global leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for the world of architecture and design, astonish visitors of Milano Design Week with an extraordinary installation: Deep Words Light, born from the collaboration between Cosentino and Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners.

The project, completely designed with the ultracompact surface Dekton® by Cosentino, will be shown as part of the event “Interni, Energy for Creativity 2015” taking place in the courtyard of the University of Milan from April 13th to May 24th.

Deep Words Light, inspired by the Teatro Olimpico of Palladio, creates an outdoor theater in the largest courtyard of the University of Milan, with four Dekton® steles that form the backdrop for an ideal stage in the 17th-century portico.

The material used to make these “wings”, the ultracompact surface Dekton®, is a mixture of raw materials that is used to manufacture glass, porcelain materials and quartz surfaces. The Dekton® surface can recreate any type of material with a high level of quality. It is manufactured in large format (320 cm x 144 cm) and thin thicknesses (0.8 cm, 1.2 cm and 2 cm).

Each stele is composed of 15 slabs measuring 142 x 320 cm to form an enormous panel with a triangular base 2.84m long, for a final height of 9.60m. Supported by a ballasted metal structure, they are balanced at the base by a large platform, 17.50 x 7.35m, that symbolically becomes the stage of the theater itself, while distributing the weight and stabilizing the steles thanks to a concealed inner structure.

Each of the slabs of the long sides of the structure is customized with a text engraved with an innovative milling technology developed by the Cosentino R&D department.

The personalization engraved on the huge steles is further emphasized by the oblique lighting from the base, thanks to the LED lighting built into the platform. 

Finally, the stage – the 17th-century portico – takes on a theatrical red hue through the use of specific lights, in the evening, that create an ethereal backdrop, almost the opposite of the great materic impact of the “sculptures” in Dekton®.

Deep Words Light is a way to narrate the city of Milano, its history, its cultural, social and economic world, not in a habitual way, during the year of the Expo in Milan, on the global stage. “There’s a need to abandon sophisticated communicative languages aimed at sector professionals, and reach out to make the extraordinary world of international creativity and a production system on a European scale accessible to a different, non-habitual audience, which we attempt to persuade thanks to the miraculous continuity our city is able to generate between its history and the most extreme frontiers of modernity”, said architect Antonio Citterio.

The University of Milan, home of literature and law, is perhaps the place of excellence of this phenomenon. The installation is like an open theater to present the architecture of the Richini courtyard in a sculptural design produced with a sophisticated technology of a highly innovative ultracompact surface like Dekton®.

The 10 meters high partitions, sorrounded by the17th-century portico, bring the words of the Italian culture into the composition in the light and shadow of the engraving of the mass. Ancient and modern letters, philosophy and law, taught in this place of research and study, make their voices be heard through light, shadows and perspectives constructed by the panels that bear these fundamental texts, engraved on their cladding. No images, no forms, just the weightless light of deep words.






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Moreover, Cosentino is present in Milan exhibiting the Twilight Collection made with the ultracompact surface Dekton® by Cosentino. 

Twilight is a collection of table accessories and outdoor candleholders designed by Monica Förster Design Studio for Bianchi Café & Cycles and will be presented by Cosentino during the Milan Design Week 2015. 

Dekton®’s unique resistance to heat and thermal shock have inspired the designer to create the collection. “Dekton feels like a Hi-Tech, futuristic material. The material’s unique qualities; its resistance to heat, thermal shock and the fact that it is ultracompact 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”, explains Monica Förster.

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Cosentino Group celebrates its Asia-Pacific Distributors Convention in Indonesia

Cosentino Group is currently celebrating a new edition of its Asia-Pacific Distributors Convention, which brings together the key figures of Cosentino distribution companies as well as the company’s own team in this area.

Entitled “APAC 50 Summit” the Convention, held in Bali (Indonesia), welcomes nearly 70 attendees from 10 different countries (Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand). Representatives from the Group´s management team include Eduardo Martínez-Cosentino Alfonso, Corporate Sales Director and Ginés Navarro, Sales Director for Asia, Pacific and Direct Sales.

In addition to reviewing key business strategies for 2015 and analysing the situation of each market, this year the growing importance of this geographical area for the Spanish multinational has been highlighted, which has a growing direct presence. Currently, Cosentino Group has three centers in the Asia-Pacific region in Australia, two of them opened last year, two Cosentino City (Sydney and Singapore), an Associated City in Malaysia and a sales office in Japan.

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 (, 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.