COSENTINO OPENS BOSTON CENTER

Last week, Cosentino, the global leader in natural stone, quartz, and recycled surfacing, opened its 26th North American Cosentino Center in Boston and first in the New England area. More than 350 attended the grand opening reception, including building and design industry leaders and top Cosentino executives. The new Boston center, designed by Isabel Martinez-Cosentino, aims to enhance both the trade and consumer experience and continues Cosentino’s mission to expand its presence in the U.S. market.

The April 9th program included remarks from Eduardo Cosentino, President and CEO of Cosentino North America; Brooks Deschamps, General Manager for the Boston Cosentino Center; Brian Lynch, Regional Director; and Brandon Calvo, Chief Operating Officer of Distribution. The grand opening celebrated local culture with fresh Boston seafood as well as the company’s Spanish heritage with Spanish tapas, a flamenco dancer and Spanish guitarist.Last week, Cosentino, the global leader in natural stone, quartz, and recycled surfacing, opened its 26th North American Cosentino Center in Boston and first in the New England area. More than 350 attended the grand opening reception, including building and design industry leaders and top Cosentino executives. The new Boston center, designed by Isabel Martinez-Cosentino, aims to enhance both the trade and consumer experience and continues Cosentino’s mission to expand its presence in the U.S. market.

Now, all visitors to the Boston 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.

Cosentino Presents Innovative Products at Coverings 2014

Cosentino, the global family-owned company 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 Coverings 2014 in Las Vegas on April 29 – May 2 (Booth #2036.)  Cosentino’s exhibition booth will highlight the newly launched Dekton® by Cosentino, as well as Silestone’s most recent Nebula Code and Ocean series’, ECO by Cosentino® and SenSa® granite with SenGuard.

“At Coverings 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. Coverings is the perfect venue to showcase our growth and diversification to the 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 capable of seamless indoor and outdoor use that features advanced technical properties and functionality and is the result of extensive research and development. 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.

In addition, Cosentino will present the two most recent color series to its Silestone natural quartz line – Nebula Code and Ocean. 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. Silestone Ocean, the most exotic Silestone color series available, offers a natural aesthetic similar to that of exotic granite. The Ocean series features six colors with bold patterns and a wide range of movement.

Cosentino will also showcase ECO by Cosentino® and SenSa granite with SenGuard. SenSa, a maintenance-free natural granite with 100% stain protection and a 15-year warranty, is specially sealed with SenGuard treatment, SenSa granite is protected from staining while allowing the stone to breathe and retain its natural color. ECO by Cosentino is a leading line of eco-friendly surfacing material for kitchens and bathrooms composed of 75% recycled material.  The result of a significant research and development initiative, ECO has been considered an industry pioneer in its commitment to re-thinking how surfacing is produced. ECO is made from up to 75% post-consumer and post-industrial recycled raw materials, including mirror, glass, porcelain, and vitrified ash. The recycled content is then mixed with 25% natural stone including: scrap from mountains, quarries, manufacturing, and fabrication; and is bonded together with a proprietary, eco-friendly resin made in part by corn oil that also eliminates the need for sealants.  ECO offers a 10-year limited manufacturer’s warranty and can be utilized for a range of residential or commercial projects including kitchen and bathroom countertops, wall cladding or flooring.

AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS (NBC) SELECTS SILESTONE BY COSENTINO AS FEATURED QUARTZ SURFACING PRODUCT

Silestone by Cosentino, the world leader in quartz surfacing, is proud to announce it has been selected as the featured quartz-surfacing product on American Dream Builders, NBC’s new one-hour home design competition series premiering Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 8/7c.

Hosted by renowned designer Nate Berkus, American Dream Builders will showcase the talents of accomplished designers and homebuilders. Pitting 12 contestants against one another, the high-stakes competition will inspire competitors to push their creative abilities to the edge.  Each episode, two teams will be expected to transform the space from the inside out in a matter of days through undertaking a major redesign or renovation project.

“Both Silestone and American Dream Builders believe that outstanding design results are produced by relying on high standards of quality and innovation. Only through the vision of talented designers and homebuilders have Silestone’s design and technical capabilites been fully realized. We are honored to be exclusively selected for a show that celebrates the imaginative forces behind exceptional home design,” said Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America.

From Spanish to Tudor to midcentury modern, the designers will depend on quality materials to produce sweeping home renovations and bring a fresh, modern sensibility to each home’s innate charm and design characteristics. Every week, the judges will review the finished work and choose the winning design, with the losing team sending one member home. The last two designers standing will lead renovations on an entire home, bringing their unique vision to life through carefully employing the best products the design market has to offer.

Contestants will have Silestone’s full-range of more than 70 stylish colors at their disposal for design incorporation throughout the competition, offering a number of decorative possibilities and serving as an excellent surface option for kitchen worktops, bathrooms, floors and wall cladding.

COSENTINO OPENS HOUSTON CENTER

Last Thursday, Cosentino, the global leader in natural stone, quartz, and recycled surfacing, opened its 25th North American Cosentino Center in Houston. More than 230 building and design industry leaders and top Cosentino executives attended the grand opening reception. The new Houston center, designed by Isabel Martinez-Cosentino, aims to enhance both the trade and consumer experience and continues Cosentino’s mission to expand its presence in the U.S. market. With Cosentino’s North American headquarters based in Houston, this opening marks a special milestone in the company’s expansion.

The March 6 program included remarks from Eduardo Cosentino, President and CEO of Cosentino North America; Alex Rioja, General Manager for the Houston Cosentino Center; and Brandon Calvo, Chief Operating Officer of distribution. Cosentino was awarded a Proclamation from the City of Houston, Mayor Annise Parker’s office that March 6th is Cosentino Group Center Day. The Grand Opening party celebrated the company’s Spanish roots with tapas, Spanish wine, and flamenco dancers.

Now, all visitors to the Houston 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 27,000 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.

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.

Architizer Features Dekton and Libeskind Installation in Two Articles

Architizer recently featured Dekton and the new Beyond the Wall installation in two articles. The first article details the Dekton manufacturing facility and processes witnessed during his tour. He emphasizes the advanced nature of the TSP process, and the highly technical 3-D printers that decorate and recreate the appearances of the materials. He notes that “Dekton is certainly a material to watch out for, as its versatility makes it appealing to architects” and he also highlights the collaboration with Libeskind and other architects whom Cosentino has worked with for the launch exhibits. This article can be read here: http://architizer.com/blog/any-material-you-like/.

The second article details the elements of the Beyond the Wall design, noting the incorporation of other works of Libeskind in this contemporary design. He notes Dekton’s positioning as a revolutionary material that may “forever change the way architects clad buildings and surfaces” and states that “Beyond the Wall offers a fitting tribute to [Detkon], and will live on for years to come as a spectacular piece of Cosentino history.” This second article can be read here: http://architizer.com/blog/libeskind-spain/.

Daniel Libeskind and the Cosentino Group present the permanent sculpture Beyond The Wall created with the ultra-compact surface Dekton®

Cosentino Group, the worldwide leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, and the prestigious architect and designer Daniel Libeskind unveiled today a permanent sculpture at the Group’s headquarters in Almeria, Spain. The spectacular polycentric spiral is called Beyond The Wall and is a remarkable result of an ongoing collaboration between Libeskind Design and Cosentino Group. A temporary version of the sculpture was first showcased in Milan’s Statale University during Milan’s Design Week 2013.

Beyond The Wall, based on the infinite possibilities of the spiral, is a unique structure and is the first to be created using Dekton® by Cosentino.  It is not a traditional spiral with a single center and axis, but a contemporary spiral, which opens a plurality of directions along many different trajectories; a polycentric spiral, propulsively twisting to a dramatic zenith.

The spiral is a result of the synergy between Libeskind’s architectural vision and Cosentino’s innovative material, Dekton®. Beyond The Wall shows how this ultra-compact material can be used for cladding a contemporary and complex architectural facade. In the final sculpture, Dekton® surfaces are utilized in all exterior facades, interior walls and floors. The whitest finish of Dekton®, Zenith, was chosen for the facades and walls, in contrast with the perfect black color of the Sirius finish, chosen for the floors of the impressive 8.5 meter high sculpture. Both colors belong to Dekton’s® Solid Collection, a range of pure, solid colors that offer stunning balance and harmony.  A total of 305m2 of Dekton material was utilized for the sculpture in 2cm thickness, including several entire large-format slabs of size 320cm x 140cm. The facades and walls are made up of 80 different Dekton® pieces.

After the unveiling of the Beyond The Wall sculpture, Daniel Libeskind and Cosentino Group’s President, Francisco Martinez-Cosentino visited the impressive new factory where Dekton® by Cosentino is manufactured, which is the result of a 128 million Euro investment by Cosentino Group.

“I feel very honored that Daniel Libeskind has chosen Dekton® for his creation, and want to thank him for his visit to Cosentino Headquarters today. Our aim with the ultracompact surface Dekton® is to suit any design request while guaranteeing extreme performance. I am proud this has been achieved for the remarkable installation Beyond The Wall,” said Francisco Martinez-Cosentino, President of Cosentino Group.

The geometry of external material on the sculpture’s wall forms a contemporary fractal pattern related to the Golden Section. The pattern is integral to the wall structure, carrying within itself the structural logic of modulating scale and proportion within an endlessly fascinating surface. A kind of shiver should run up the form—an overlaying of a pattern that would break scale and dissolve the strength of the rising, twisting wall planes. It’s a mathematical mosaic, a mobile net that would run and break without repeating: a wholly modern concept of a tile, a ‘fractile.’ The aim is to find a similarity that never quite repeats, and to do that the surfacing would have to be a-periodic. It fits and locks together in an open-ended logic, as a network develops. The tiling has to be a growth of strange branchings.

Dekton® by Cosentino is an innovative material, an entirely new category of surface which features the exclusive TSP technology developed by the Cosentino Group R&D department. Dekton® surfaces have superior technical characteristics including very low porosity, high resistance to scratching and abrasion, design in volume, infinite design possibilities, and resistance to UV rays and extreme temperatures. Dekton® allows large format application both indoors and outdoors.

Francisco “Paco” Martinez-Cosentino delivered the annual State of the Industry Address at KBIS

Francisco “Paco” Martinez-Cosentino, President of the Cosentino Group, delivered the annual State of the Industry Address at KBIS on February 5, 2014. The address discussed Cosentino’s role as a global leader, and presented key factors that businesses should consider for success and growth – including research and innovation, marketing, and a strong commitment to the ongoing development of employees. This was the first-ever address presented in Spanish with simultaneous translation, emphasizing Cosentino’s global perspective and celebrating the multi-cultural environment of the industry.  Cosentino is the family-owned world leader in quartz, natural stone, and architectural surfaces.

Pictured above, Left to Right: Valentin Tijeras Garcia, Damian Granados, Santiago Alfonso Rodríguez, Eduardo Cosentino, Paco Cosentino, John Petrie, Lorenzo Marquez.

 

COSENTINO GROUP BRINGS TOGETHER TOP NORTH AMERICAN CUSTOMERS

Last week the Cosentino Group (www.cosentino-group.net), a worldwide leader in the production and distribution of natural stone, quartz, recycled and architectural surfaces, held its annual “Cosentino 100” conference for its top North American customers. This year’s event, which took place from January 19 – 22 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, heralded the highest attendance ever, with more than 260 attendees from 89 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 2014 business strategy, which includes additional expansion in North America, growing from 24 to 29 Cosentino Centers, as well the introduction of new colors across three Cosentino brands: Silestone, Sensa, and Dekton. They also shared creative ways in which Cosentino customers can distribute the varied product offering.

“The Cosentino 100 conference is a significant event for the Cosentino Group,” said Eduardo Martinez-Cosentino, CEO of Cosentino North America. “As Cosentino deepens its presence in the North American market, C100 engages industry and thought leaders in those efforts. Through that dialogue, Cosentino can advance its mission to be a catalyst for materials innovation and design exploration.”

In addition to furthering Cosentino’s presence across North America, Cosentino plans to expand its efforts to engage with key industry leaders.

“The debut of Dekton has sparked a renewed enthusiasm for innovation,” said Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America. “Cosentino has raised the ceiling of industry innovation through its commitment to new technologies and C100 has given us the opportunity to educate our core customers as we evolve.”

C100 attendees were briefed on the current state of the industry and were provided with a sneak peak at new colors. The exhibit area included Cosentino’s top vendors and partners in the industry sector such as Kohler, GranQuartz, Breton, and Comandulli among others. Several influential figures in the industry addressed the conference, including CEO of ASID, Randy Fiser; CEO of NKBA, Bill Darcy; Kitchen Business Director of Kohler, John Ryan; and EVP and CEO of MIA, Jim Hieb. The four-day convention also had an educational track featuring seminars on products, marketing and relationships with architects and designers.

Pepe Jeans Project

Pepe Jeans stores in Barcelona, Paris and Rotterdam used Dekton Strato in three stores in each city.

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Dekton Training

Over 148 fabrication companies across the USA have committed to the Dekton program and are presently completing their Dekton certification process. Five fabrication companies have already completed all steps in the certification process and will be issued their formal Dekton certificate. The five steps for formal certification include 1- Attending a Cosentino certification session,  2- Completion of the Dekton exam,   3- Purchasing of approved tooling,  4- Performing a test job and having it inspected and  5- Submission of their local Dekton marketing plan.