COSENTINO NORTH AMERICA SPONSORS INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS FOR AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERIOR DESIGNERS

Cosentino North America, a leader in the production and distribution of quartz and natural stone surfaces, has further enhanced its alliance with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).  This year, the family-owned Spanish company has initiated a number of opportunities for students and professionals alike, all designed to help enrich their careers and education within the architecture and design community.

Last month, Cosentino sponsored a trip for ASID members to its global headquarters in Almeria, Spain, where they toured the expansive facility to see how Silestone is made. Additionally, the group met with company president, Paco Cosentino for an intimate luncheon and participated in a round table discussion on a new product in development with Strategy Director of Cosentino Group, Pilar Cosentino and Marketing Director, Santiago Alfonso. ASID attendees included: President of ASID, Lisa Henry; EVP/CEO of ASID, Randy Fiser; ASID President Elect of the Georgia Chapter and Founding Principal of studio A2, Shawn Alshut; Principal of Buckingham Interiors + Design, Julia Buckingham Edelmann; and lead designers at Susan Fredman Design, Amanda Zitlin & Terri Crittenden.

The designers also toured Barcelona, where they spent time in kitchen and bath design studios, to witness first-hand how European design trends influence Silestone and its many applications. The tour culminated with a visit to the famous “La Alhambra” palace in Granada, which was recently refurbished with Cosentino marble.

“As an active member of the A&D community, Cosentino is committed to supporting organizations such as ASID that truly focus on educating designers,” said Patty Dominguez, Director of Field Marketing for Cosentino North America, who accompanied the group to Spain. “We’re also looking forward to supporting events that will continue to enhance education in the design community throughout the remainder of the year.”

This summer Cosentino launched a number of student-focused initiatives in partnership with ASID, most notably, Cosentino’s first internship program. The new initiative offers paid opportunities year round for students to work directly in one of the regional Cosentino Centers to learn all aspects of working with clients and homeowners from customer service to product selection. For more information on this program, find the Cosentino Center nearest to you: www.silestoneusa.com/centers.

“Cosentino is invested and dedicated to educating the next generation of architects and designers and we envision the internship program as a launching pad for career development,” said Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Cosentino North America. “It’s rewarding for our family-owned company to be an integral part of shaping some of the industry’s future designers.”

Cosentino also will be an Industry Partner at the ASID RealWorld DesignWeek, a shadow program designed exclusively for ASID student members seeking connections with current industry professionals.  Of the 50 locations, Cosentino’s 18 centers across the country are participating in the weeklong program. To date, the number of registered participants has doubled since last year with more than 40 students enrolled.  Additionally, Cosentino recently served as an official sponsor of the second annual ASID Go PRO: NYC event earlier this month, which offered a variety of CEU presentations, workshops, tours and industry networking opportunities.

Cosentino continues to increase its support for ASID Professional members through a number of national events and regional chapter sponsorships. Earlier this year, Cosentino was the Platinum Sponsor for Celebration – the ASID Awards at NEOCON in Chicago, which honored the ASID Designer of Distinction, as well as inducted the 2012 Class of Fellows. Cosentino has also participated as a Gold Sponsor for some of the largest ASID chapters in the South including: Georgia, South Florida, Texas and Southern California.


COSENTINO GROUP STRENGTHENS ITS COMMITMENT TO BRAZIL

Cosentino, the family-owned global leader in natural stone, quartz, and recycled surfacing opened its fourth Latin American Cosentino Center in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina on Thursday, September 13. The new center includes 23,700 square feet of exhibition areas, showrooms, auditoriums, offices and material storage.

Eduardo Martinez-Cosentino attended the opening of the new Santa Catarina Center and also noted the recent openings of two other Cosentino facilities in Brazil.

“This new Cosentino Center adds to the centers opened a few months ago in Goiania and the large Cosentino Latina sawing and advanced granite processing factory in Vitória,” said Eduardo Martinez-Cosentino, Chief Sales Director of the Cosentino Group and CEO of Cosentino North America. “With these logistical sites, Cosentino will boost its growth in 2012 in Brazil and will lay the foundations for new Cosentino Centers in the coming months, in the state of Belo Horizonte and Fortaleza,” said Martinez-Cosentino.

The company will finish 2012 with six operational Cosentino Centers in Latin America, five in Brazil (Vitória, Goiania, Santa Catarina, Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza) and one in Mexico (Mexico City).

The Cosentino Center is a proven and essential fixture in Europe, where the company has its global headquarters. More than a showroom, the Cosentino Center is designed to support, promote, and educate architects and designers by integrating distribution facilities with product display areas, meeting spaces for designers to bring clients, classrooms for continuing education, and full functioning kitchens and event space for demonstrations.

During the next three years, the Cosentino Group plans to open 28 new Centers to reach a total of 90 centers world wide, following the expansion in the U.S. and focusing on Brazil as the fourth pillar of growth and diversification. In 2011, Latin America was the geographic area that achieved the highest growth in sales with a 48% increase over the previous year.

This year Cosentino celebrates 10 years of presence in Latin America, commemorating the first decade of the granite factory that Cosentino established in the Brazilian city of Vitória (E.S). Cosentino Latina Vitória currently employs more than 100 workers and has been the origin of one of the most successful subsidiaries of the Spanish, family-owned company. Latina Vitória exceeds 10,000 square feet and boasts the most modern technology in natural stone, for example, Sensa by Cosentino, a revolutionary range of anti-stain granites. Currently, Latina Vitória is the leading exporter of granites in Brazil and has reached sales figures of more than 25 million euros in 2011 with the U.S. as the main market for the production of this factory.

 

 


 

DANISH STUDENT CREATES KITCHEN MODULE USING ECO BY COSENTINO

While working on his thesis at Kolding School of Design, Tobias Tostesen of Denmark has created a kitchen module using ECO by Cosentino in Black Forest, a recycled countertop surface that is made of 75 percent recycled ingredients using a variety of glass and porcelain mixed with a corn-based resin. The module uses no screws and nails and can easily be dismantled and moved around.

The goal for the project was to identify the relationship between man and material and reach a kitchen solution with strong core values:

-Honesty in design and materials

-Space for handling of raw materials

-Openness and lightness

-Functional details

Tobias chose to use ECO by Cosentino because of how the recycled materials create a new, useable product. Cosentino upcycles products that have reached the end of their lifecycle– meaning that they cannot be incorporated in to any other industrial product and would otherwise collect in landfill sites.

SILESTONE BY COSENTINO PARTICIPATES IN “HOUSE UNITED” WITH TY PENNINGTON

 

As politics took center stage during the recent 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, Silestone by Cosentino (www.silestone.com), the world leader in natural quartz, showed its bipartisan community spirit by participating in the “House United” project led by national TV personality and DIY expert Ty Pennington.  As an official sponsor, Silestone provided its natural quartz surfaces for the unique home’s kitchen, bathrooms, living room, study, and utility room.

The project was a collaboration between Heroes at Home, Rebuilding Together, Craftsman, NextGen Home built by Champion and Bank of America, who asked Americans across the country and delegates at both conventions to work together in a community service program to build a home for one of our country’s deserving military veterans. One half of the home was built during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL on Tuesday, August 28 and the other half of the home during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC on Monday, September 3.

Delegates, elected officials and their staff, convention attendees and media in both locations were invited to literally swing a hammer, nail 2 x 4s and paint walls alongside Pennington during the events. The two halves of the home built during the conventions will now be united in Charlotte in the Belmont neighborhood during the month of October and presented to a deserving veteran family.

“We are proud to partake in the House United project,” says Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America. “It is an initiative we can all stand behind and is just one way to recognize our incredible military veterans and their families.”

The House United project showcases Silestone by Cosentino’s unmatched array of colors throughout several rooms of the home. Silestone natural quartz is naturally non-porous and never needs to be sealed. It is easy to clean and has high scratch, stain and heat resistance. Silestone is also proven to be a cleaner and safer countertop. It offers a unique combination of built-in antimicrobial protection that safely fights the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew along with the assurance of GREENGUARD certification for clean air quality, and National Sanitation Foundation certification (NSF 51) for safe food preparation.

To learn more about the House United project, please visit www.facebook.com/craftsman or http://www.nextgenhome.com/Events/.For more information on Silestone visit: www.silestoneusa.com

 


SILESTONE UPDATES MOUNTAIN SERIES WITH NEW COLOR-TECHNOLOGY

Examples of the new color technology employed for the series can be seen in the image comparisons above.

Silestone (www.silestoneusa.com), the world leader in quartz surfacing, introduces the newly reformulated Mountain Series, a line of neutral hues inspired by the rich colors found in rugged mountainous terrain. The series leverages Silestone’s proprietary five-pigment color technology, originally introduced in the Galactic, Nebula and Stonium series, to create a stunning surface with improved color tone for superior depth, richness and complexity.  The newly enhanced Mountain Series provides architects, designers and homeowners with even more choices for kitchen and bath design.

Inspired by the intrinsic beauty of natural rock formations, vast cannons and rugged mountain peaks, the Mountain Series has long been a popular Silestone offering, known for its colors that rival the look of quarried stone.  Now, with the enhanced color technology, the Mountain Series provides even more movement and variation in its design with enlarged patterns that enhance the dramatic appearance of the stone, while still maintaining the durability and strength of natural quartz surfacing.

Mountain Series offers six distinct hues and contributes to the more than 70 hues currently available with Silestone, an industry leader in color innovation.  The collection is available in the polished finish in 63” x 128” slabs in 1cm, 2cm and 3cm thickness in the following colors: Alpina White, a variety of beige and grey enhanced with light cream and dark speckles; Sienna Ridge, an assortment of three brown tones speckled with hints of cream and black; Giallo Quarry, a combination of complex undertones in an assortment of yellow and brown hues with black accents; Sierra Madre an exotic mix of blacks, browns and greys accentuated with a hint of cream and terra cotta; Mountain Mist, a bold and powerful combination of various greys and black tones with lighter shades mixed throughout; and Black Canyon, a smooth blend of black, deep brown and grey hues with a small application of cream and beige.

“Silestone consistently strives to improve by expanding its coloring offerings available to architects, designers and consumers seeking the appearance of natural stone,” said Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America.  “The newly enhanced Mountain Series now provides even more depth, richer shades and dramatic patterns for a powerful look, all while keeping the appeal of the natural color pallet that has become so popular with the collection.”

This beautiful, high-performing natural quartz can be used for a number of surfaces including countertops, vanity tops, flooring, bathtub surrounds, walls, shower stalls and fire place surrounds, all without the maintenance and upkeep that is required of marble and granite.

As with all Silestone natural quartz products, the Mountain Series is naturally non-porous and never needs to be sealed. It is easy to clean and has high scratch, stain, and heat resistance.  Silestone 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.

The newly enhanced Mountain Series retails at $54 – $82 per square foot, depending on thickness and color.  Beginning in September, the series will be available at premium kitchen and bath showrooms and specialty retailers.  Silestone Quartz offers a 15-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.

ECO BY COSENTINO EXTENDS PARTNERSHIP WITH MAKE IT RIGHT TO DONATE ECO-FRIENDLY SURFACING TO THE BANCROFT SCHOOL PROJECT

                    

 

ECO by Cosentino (www.ecobycosentino.com), a leading line of eco-friendly countertop and surfacing material composted of recycled raw materials, announces it will continue its two-year long partnership with Make it Right by donating product to the Bancroft School Project in Kansas City. This exciting new initiative underscores Cosentino’s commitment to social responsibility and the advancement of sustainable architecture and design.

Originally founded by actor and activist Brad Pitt to build 150 affordable, green, storm-resistant homes in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward to help families to return to the area post-Hurricane Katrina, Make It Right is not extending its reach to Pitt’s hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, with the vision of transformed the historic Bancroft Elementary School. Located in the Green Impact Zone, a 150-square block area that has experienced severe abandonment and economic decline, the school — once the jewel of the neighborhood – has been neglected and boarded up for more than 12 years. The Make It Right team believes the school building and adjacent landscape can be revitalized into an affordable, mixed-use neighborhood resource again.

“We are proud to continue and extend our partnership with Make It Right to Kansas City,” says Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America. “The organization has an inspiring vision for Bancroft School and the surrounding neighborhood. The site will be a showcase for sustainable design and community across the country and worldwide.”

Make It Right projects have earned the highest distinction for energy efficiency and sustainability, LEED Platinum, by integrating and aggregating a variety of cutting edge construction materials and techniques. Product selection are strictly evaluated based on C2C (Cradle to Cradle) thinking, which suggests that everything we create can contribute positively to society, the economy and the environment. Both the products and construction methods used must be safe for people and the environment.

ECO by Cosentino is an innovative countertop and surfacing material composed of post-industrial and post-consumer recycled raw material, including: mirrors salvaged from houses, building and factories; glass from windows and bottles; porcelain from china, tiles, sinks, toilets and decorative elements; industrial furnace residuals from factories in the form of crystallized ashes; stone scrap from mountains, quarries, manufacturing, and fabrication.  The raw materials are bonded together with a proprietary eco-friendly resin made in part by corn oil. By utilizing these recycled materials, Cosentino is “upcycling” products that have reached the end of their lifecycle – meaning that they cannot be incorporated in to any other industrial product and would otherwise collect in landfill sites. ECO by Cosentino is C2C and GREENGUARD certified, making it a natural fit for Make It Right and the Bancroft School redevelopment.

“On behalf of Brad Pitt and Make It Right, we are thrilled to be a part of ECO by Cosentino’s continued ventures,” said Tom Darden, Executive Director of Make It Right.  “We rely on the generous product donations from companies like Cosentino and can not thank them enough for helping us to transform this former neighborhood beacon into a thriving, sustainable community.”

DESIGN YOUR OWN KITCHEN AND BATHROOM WITH SILESTONE’S NEW WEBSITE FEATURE

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (July, 2012) – Silestone (www.silestoneusa.com), the world leader in quartz surfacing, introduces “Design your Space,” a new function on its website created for designers, architects and consumers to customize kitchens and bath settings using a selection of Silestone colors and finishes for nearly every surface.  The new design tool is available at http://www.silestoneusa.com/colors/design-your-space.cfm.

The online feature allows design professionals and homeowners to save time, while defining and visualizing color palettes for new kitchen and bath projects. With one click, users can modify two distinct kitchen designs and one bathroom space by selecting from more than 60 Silestone colors to enhance the worktops, flooring, tiling, walls, paneling, showers, sinks, etc.  Users also can modify the basins and shower plates from the Cosentino Bath Collection to see the bathroom setting in their personal design style.

With this online tool, design professionals and consumers can view, print and share their customized design via email. The feature stimulates design creativity while offering simplicity and speed to visualize a project. Available in eight languages, the Silestone design tool enables the Cosentino Group to expand its services to its customers around the world.

The unique, and proprietary characteristics of Silestone, including its exclusive bacteriostatic protection, make it the best possible choice for the kitchen and bathroom — two areas of the home, where design, safety and health all play a key role.

COSENTINO OPENS SAN FRANCISCO CENTER

                  

Last week, Cosentino, the global leader in natural stone, quartz, and recycled surfacing, opened its ninth North American Cosentino Center in San Francisco. More than 225 building and design industry leaders and top Cosentino executives attended the grand opening reception. The new San Francisco 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 over the next year.

The July 12 program included remarks from Eduardo Cosentino, CEO of Cosentino North America; Chad Wold, General Manager for the San Francisco Cosentino Center; and Brandon Calvo, Chief Operating Officer of distribution. The evening featured a flamenco performance and some attendees participated in an interactive game, where they visited stops throughout the facility to learn about Cosentino’s vast product offerings and earn a prize.

Now, all visitors to the San Francisco center will be able to explore and engage in the kitchen and bath experience — from material and color selection to specification and fabrication. 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.

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.


ABC News story on LifeEdited Project with ECO!

 ABC News featured the innovative LifeEdited design project that showcased how to “live with less” using eco-friendly and smart furniture to transform a 420-square foot studio apartment in New York’s trendy Soho neighborhood. The segment called “This Could Be Big,” with Bill Weir gives a tour of every “room” in the apartment, including the kitchen and bathroom, which feature ECO by Cosentino. If you look closely, you’ll also see ECO in other creative places like the window and door sills too.

SILESTONE TRENDSPOTTERS SHARE KBIS HIGHLIGHTS AND DESIGN INSPIRATION IN NEW YORK

NEW YORK, NY (June 21, 2012) – On June 13th, Silestone (www.silestoneusa.com), a world leader in natural quartz surfacing, hosted the first of three engaging Trendspotter presentations at Hearst Tower with John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon, the renowned duo behind Brooklyn-based design firm, Madcap Cottage.

Known for their cleverly colorful design aesthetic, Jason and John highlighted the latest product innovations and trends from KBIS to a crowd of more than 75 design professionals and editors.  Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and networking with incredible views overlooking Central Park from the 44th Floor of the Hearst Tower.

Silestone launched the inaugural Trendspotters program this year at KBIS in Chicago, by bringing together four leading designers from across the country to discover the latest products, design innovation and color trends. Together, the Silestone Trendspotters utilized 45 years of collective experience and a keen eye for great design to report on new products in real-time via social media and then returned to share their favorite design highlights to colleagues in their respective markets.

Atlanta-area Trendspotter Mark Williams of Mark Williams Design Associates brought his snapshots from KBIS to life in an engaging presentation to the Atlanta design community on June 14. Los Angeles-area Trendspotter Kim Lewis of Kim Lewis Designs, also offered her highlights from the industry’s largest kitchen & bath show to architects and designers at the Anaheim Cosentino Center on June 20.

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