Cosentino®, the world leader in the production and distribution of quartz, natural stone and recycled surfaces is delighted to announce that Silestone Slab Vases by Form Us With Love has scooped the prestigious Accolade of the Wallpaper Design Awards 2013 for the new category “Best Trend”.

The publication announced this in its February edition, with a feature dedicated to its annual design awards.

“It is a great honor for the whole Silestone® and Cosentino team to receive such recognition from the prestigious design and interior publication Wallpaper.  Form Us With Love is a very talented design trio, we congratulate their talent and share our joy of this recognition with them”, says Santiago Alfonso, Marketing Director of Cosentino Group.

The project Silestone® Slab Vases, was created by the Swedish design studio Form Us With Love, and consists of rings of Silestone which have been slipped over a metal bracket measuring around 40cm high to produce a watertight vessel. The rings vary in size and are cut so the shape of the vase changes with each assembly. The project aims to break away from the familiar Silestone slab form and explore the material’s tactile dimension.




Cosentino Group,  a Spanish multinational and world leader in the production and distribution of quartz surfaces and other natural stones, brought together top management at its headquarters in Cantoria (Almería) on December 3rd and 4th to discuss the company’s growth objectives and strategic plan for 2013-2015. Under the corporate slogan “Imagine & Anticipate,” this important meeting was attended by 52 executives from more than 17 different countries.

During the two-day meeting, Cosentino Group announced that it projects a turnover of more than 650 million euros in 2015 as a result of commercial development, the launch of its new product line the ultracompact surface Dekton® by Cosentino in 2013/2014, and the consolidation and growth in new markets of the worldwide leader in quartz surfaces, Silestone® by Cosentino.

In his opening speech, the Chairman of Cosentino Group, Francisco Martínez-Cosentino Justo revealed, “Cosentino is carrying out one of the largest industrial investments in Spain, if not the largest, to introduce the product Dekton® by Cosentino in the market during the first part of 2013.”

In terms of financial forecasts for 2012, the company expects the figure of 420 million euros in total sales, of which 83% will correspond to international business.  The forecasts with regards to Iberia (Spain and Portugal), which used to be Cosentino Group’s main market, shows a relatively sluggish pace of growth for the next year, however there will be encouraging improvement for the two subsequent years (2014-2015).

The executive meeting served both to assess this year’s management indicators and how to progress in the guidelines for the Cosentino Group Strategic Business Plan 2013-2015. This plan reflects significant growth of business in the USA, Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and some Asian countries.

The first day concluded with the entire group visiting the new plant which will manufacture Dekton®, a presentation of various reports prepared by the heads of each of the continental markets, and presentations by managers in the areas of strategy, finance, operations, logistics, R&D, and marketing.  The second day of this strategic meeting featured presentations by two experts in the areas of innovation and cooperative intelligence (crowdsourcing), Juan Carrión and Alvaro San Martín. As a final activity, the Cosentino management team reviewed the mission statement and vision to update it in keeping with the strategic challenges of the coming years.



A sea of blue and green hues could be making its way into home design next year, as Pantone has declared Monaco Blue the top Spring 2013 color and Emerald as the top color of the year. Trending on the runway, in home décor and accessories, Monaco Blue sets a more dependable and subtle tone, while Emerald evokes relaxation and balance, yet both colors provide homeowners with a versatile palette of complementary colors. Similarly, leading quartz manufacturer Silestone, offers comparable tones in its expansive line of surfacing: the vibrant Blue Enjoy and rich Stellar Marine.

Leading Chicago designer and blogger, Julia Buckingham Edelmann, founder of Buckingham Interiors + Design, and contributor to blog Material Girls said Monaco Blue feels very clean, which can translate nicely into the kitchen or bath, two rooms that can add significant value to a home.

“Monaco Blue is serene yet sensual and enigmatic,” she said. “The saturation of the color is soothing, but the name itself recalls the excitement of a place known for its opulence yet one shrouded in mystery.”

“On the other hand, Emerald is rich in color and plentiful in nature, but still precious like the stone it’s well known for. I find it important to incorporate natural elements and hues into my designs, so I feel that Emerald is a fabulous way to achieve this earthen quality while still retaining a chic effect.” says Buckingham Edelmann.

To invigorate the kitchen and bath, Buckingham Edelmann offered some fresh ideas for homeowners wanting to test out the hottest colors of the year.

1.  Add Color to Walls. “I find blue and green shades in particular to be very versatile in the kitchen and bath. Both Monaco Blue and Emerald Green recall natural elements such as water.  What evokes cleanliness in kitchens and baths more than water itself?,” Edelmann said.

Get the look: Because Monaco Blue and Emerald are particularly strong hues, “Complement the blue or emerald walls with a neutral Silestone material such as “Vortium” from the Stonium series for a clean and extra sharp look.  Try “Cygnus” from the Nebula series or “Bianco Maple” from the Stone series for a uniquely contemporary feel when paired with Monaco Blue or Emerald. If you really want to go for an exciting look, “Green Fun” from the Life! Series really packs a punch with Monaco Blue.”

2. Go Bold with Blue Cabinets. “Dark hued cabinetry makes a wonderful statement in the kitchen or bath. Blue, what a fun cabinet color choice! When bringing this level of rich color in, I suggest all other finishes in the space be more subtle.”

Get the Look: “Silestone’s White Zeus Extreme in Volcano fabulously complements dark-hued cabinetry.  The Volcano texture provides an extra kick! Complete the look by painting the walls with a clean, white such as Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace, a middle ground between a true, blue white and off-white color.  Such a paint color would work beautifully with both Monaco Blue and Emerald.”

3. Jazz up your space with unexpected design elements. “I gather inspiration in many ways, but particularly through my travels. I have a major case of wanderlust, and traveling to amazing places (some of my favorites are Spain, France, and Japan) opens my eyes to cultures, lifestyles and aesthetics that I love to bring back and share with my clients through interesting accent pieces.”

Get the look: “Whether it be a bright red bunch of vintage alabaster grapes or funky textured pottery, Monaco Blue lends itself well to complementary colors and is a perfect backdrop for interesting pieces. Emerald is a strong, sumptuous shade, but not too vibrant. Therefore, it can be paired with a variety of both subtle and bold hues.

About Buckingham Interiors + Design:

Julia Buckingham Edelmann, the Chicago interior design blogger for Material Girls ( and 1stDibs dealer, runs the full-service interior design firm Buckingham Interiors + Design, specializing in historic restorations and homebuilding. Julia’s exquisite Buckingham I+D Showroom showcases curated collections of local and international fine art, furniture, lighting, unique artifacts and accessories. As a former antiques dealer, Julia designs interior environments, integrating antiques and modern furnishings which highlight her design direction which she refers to as her trademarked her Modernique® aesthetic.





Cosentino, the world leader in quartz and recycled surfacing will introduce four new designer colors from its  ECO™ by Cosentino collection  (, a leading line of eco-friendly surfacing composed of up to 75% recycled materials, at Greenbuild in San Francisco on November 14-16, 2012 (booth #701S). The expansion underscores the success of the brand and Cosentino’s commitment to sustainable design and continual innovation of its product offerings.

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ECO™  by Cosentino (, a leading line of eco-friendly surfacing composed of 75 percent recycled material, introduces four new colors to its stylish color palette, chosen by architects, designers and consumers through social media voting. As the leading manufacturer of quartz, natural stone and recycled surfaces, Cosentino asked its Facebook fans from 14 countries around the world to weigh in on a selection of potential new hues, as the company looked to expand its popular ECO line, which was first introduced in 2009.

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Responding to an increasing demand for a refined, honed look, Suede-leather offers an exceptional, velvety surface with a distinctive design aesthetic that sets it apart from the traditional high-gloss appearance of many natural stone surfaces. The elegant surface is smooth to the touch giving the surface a softer appearance with little reflection.Silestone, the world leader in quartz surfacing, introduces Suede, a striking new matte finish for Silestone natural quartz surfaces. The offering expands the possibilities for kitchen and bath design, giving architects, designers and homeowners unprecedented flexibility.

Suede is currently available in Silestone’s most popular black, white, and gray hues including Black Tao, White Zeus Extreme, Cemento and Vortium, along with the entire Nebula series. The new Suede finish is ideal for countertops and backsplashes and is incredibly easy to maintain — requiring no wax or sealant to enhance its tone. Additionally, it reduces the appearance of fingerprints — a key attribute for homeowners that are active in the kitchen.

“The introduction of Suede highlights Silestone’s dedication to being the leading innovator of quartz surfacing,” said Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America. “Silestone continues to offer the widest range of colors and finishes, and can now meet the needs of architects, designers and consumers seeking the increasingly popular honed aesthetic, but that still require high-performing, durable surfaces for the kitchen and bath.”

Suede perfectly complements SIlestone’s existing finishes: the high-gloss Polished and deeply textured Volcano. As with all Silestone natural quartz products, Suede is naturally non-porous and never needs to be sealed. It is easy to clean and has high scratch, stain, and heat resistance. Silestone also is 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.

Suede retails for $55 per square foot, depending on thickness and color. Beginning in January, the series will be available at premium kitchen and bath showrooms and specialty retailers. Silestone Quartz offers a 15-year limited manufacturer’s warranty. For more information on Silestone, visit.


Taking their talents global, the Silestone Trendspotters have recently returned from a weeklong trip to Spain, where they reported on international design trends, found their own design inspiration and visited the global headquarters of Cosentino, Silestone’s parent company, to discover how the family owned business became a world leader in beautiful surfacing.

After reporting the trends they discovered at the 2012 KBIS show this summer, the Trendspotters — Kim Lewis, John Loecke, Jason Oliver Nixon and Mark Williams — reunited in Macael, known as the city of “white gold,” for its world famous marble quarries. There, the Trendspotters learned the unique process of manufacturing Silestone quartz and viewed the magnificent quarries near the Cosentino compound.

Next, the group packed up their trendspotting skills and visited a couple of the “12 Treasures in Spain” for some serious design inspiration. La Alhambra in Granada and Sagrada Familia in Barcelona are both iconic locations that exemplify the beautiful colors, textures and architectural details of the area, not to mention beautiful Cosentino marble found in La Alhambra.  Other fantastic finds from the trip included the secret gardens in La Alhambra, fabulous vintage items at Encants Vells flea market in Barcelona and the gorgeous ironwork in the historic hill town of Mojacar.

Take a look at what the Trendspotters discovered in this photo album:


                                    Photo Credit: Donna Binbeck, CS Magazine                                                                                     Photo Credit: Francis Son, CS Magazine


Cosentino, the world leader in quartz and natural stone surfaces, has partnered with leading Chicago designer, Julia Buckingham Edelmann of Buckingham Interiors + Design, to create a stunning kitchen at the legendary Ritz-Carlton Residences as part of CS Interiors ‘Anniversary Home’ show house.

To celebrate the magazine’s fifth year, the Anniversary Home looked to transform a spectacular space on the 23rd floor of the Ritz-Carlton Residences with the area’s most well-known designers including Edelmann to design the kitchen, Anne Coyle, for the foyer and powder room; J Tracy Hickman for the Master Bedroom; James E. Ruud for the Second Bedroom; Tom Stringer for the Living Room and Jessica LaGrange for the Dining Room. CS Interiors’ designers drew inspiration from Chicago couple, Katrina Markoff & Jason Scher of Vosges Haut-Chocolat.

When designing the kitchen, Edelmann envisioned Markoff and Scher’s love of elegance and timeless design, sourcing materials from all over the world. As a statement piece, Edelmann used Cosentino’s semi-precious stone line, Prexury in Petrified Wood for the kitchen island and Silestone natural quartz in Haiku for the surrounding countertops. Paired with a colorful, patterned backsplash and a smattering of eloquent antiques including a Hungarian ebony table, the space exudes Edelmann’s signature trademarked aesthetic, “Modern-ique.”

“I feel that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and should be anything other than ordinary,” Edelmann said. “The materials I selected, including the surfacing, evoke a sense of worldliness and international flavor, with a bit of whimsy and color.”

A press preview kicked off the Anniversary Home on October 10; the space was open to the public, students and interior fans during its two-day OPEN HOUSE from October 12-13. Open House tickets were purchased for $10, and all proceeds will benefit both the Lynn Sage Foundation and Infant Welfare Society of Chicago.




Silestone by Cosentino (, the world leader in quartz surfacing, announces a new partnership with Poggenpohl, the oldest and best-known German kitchen brand in the world, by becoming the exclusive quartz surfacing material on display at all Poggenpohl Corporate showrooms nationwide.  The alliance underscores the innovative, contemporary design aesthetic for which both brands are well known.

To kick-off the partnership, Poggenpohl’s top designers and showroom managers were recently invited to visit the Cosentino Group international headquarters in Almeria, Spain. There, they were immersed in the heritage and culture behind the family-owned company and given an exclusive look at the making of Silestone via a tour of the factory and a new product presentation from the RD+i team.

“We’re proud to have this nationwide partnership with Poggenpohl’s Corporate showrooms,” said Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America.  “Silestone and Poggenpohl are like-minded brands that share the same passion for superior performance and design.  This natural alignment highlights Cosentino’s commitment to expanding its presence in the US market over the next few years.”

Silestone natural quartz is available in more than 75 stylish colors and three finishes, including polished; suede-leather, a honed matte look; and volcano, a uniquely textured surface.  As part of the program, the two brands plan to create a special curated palette of Silestone hues that best coordinate with Poggenpohl cabinetry, streamlining the design process for kitchen designers and consumers seeking quartz for luxury kitchen projects.

“Quartz is increasingly the surface of choice for our client base of architects, designers, and design savvy consumers,” said Janine Flamer, VP Marketing & Public Relations, Poggenpohl U.S., Inc.  “Silestone is a trusted brand partner producing a high performing product that perfectly complements our modern and innovative cabinetry.  We look forward to extending our product offerings through this partnership and continuing to offer our customers incredible kitchen design possibilities.”

Silestone natural quartz is naturally non-porous and never needs to be sealed. It’s easy to clean and has high scratch, stain, and heat resistance. Silestone also is 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.

For more information on Silestone and Poggenpohl, visit and


Last week, Silestone (, a world leader in natural quartz surfacing, sponsored the city Modern’s Emerging Designers Panel Discussion, in partnership with New York Magazine and Dwell at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City.

New York Design Editor, Wendy Goodman led the panel of truly inspiring design stories from five leaders in the design industry including Jerry Helling, President and Creative Director of Bernhardt Design; Taylor Pemberton, a New York-based designer and entrepreneur, founder of Cavalier, and Creative Director of; Scottish artist/designer Jephson Robb; and the design duo behind Raleigh Denim Sarah Lytvinenko and Victor Lytvinenko, who also participated in Helling’s ‘America Made Me’ design show during ICFF last May.

Hand selected by Helling, who’s known for his keen ability to recognize budding talent, the panelists discussed challenges that emerging designers face in the fashion, graphic design and furniture design worlds, along with a peek into how each of the designers found success. Following the panel discussion attendees had a chance to mingle with the panel and continue the conversation in the dazzling lobby of the museum that sits across from Columbus Circle.

City Modern was co-created by the Dwell and New York editorial teams and led by Amanda Dameron and Wendy Goodman to celebrate design in all facets of the industry, from fashion to furniture.