COSENTINO EXPANDS SILESTONE INTEGRITY SINK COLLECTION


Silestone (www.silestoneusa.com), the world leader in quartz surfaces has expanded its collection of integrated natural quartz basins with the introduction of the Integrity DEUX.  Continuing the innovative design of the original Integrity Sink, Integrity DEUX also incorporates all of the advantages of Silestone while offering sleek and functional style to any kitchen project.

Featuring clean, straight lines and seamless integration, the Integrity DEUX is created from a single piece of Silestone natural quartz and adds even more sizing options to the line. The Integrity DEUX is available in both a banjo and double bowl option in six stunning colors including Bamboo, Lyra, White Zeus Extreme, Stellar Night, Kona Beige and Grey Amazon, offering architects, designers and consumers several design possibilities with all the benefits of Silestone.

Additionally, the Integrity DEUX’s seamless properties reduce weak areas and joints. Like its predecessor, Integrity DEUX relies on Silestone’s naturally nonporous quality and never needs to be sealed.  It is easy to clean, and has high scratch, stain and heat resistance.

As with all Silestone quartz products, the Integrity DEUX is proven to be a cleaner and safer sink, offering the unique attributes of Protector +, a 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 popularity of the beautiful, seamless Integrity Sink has led to the expansion of the popular collection with the Integrity DEUX,” said Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America. “We’re committed to innovative design and providing architects, designers and consumers a vast array of solutions for the kitchen, and the launch of Integrity DEUX truly highlights that effort.”

The Integrity DEUX is available in the polished finish in two sizes, 14.5”x 20” and 14.5”x13.4” both with a 6” depth and a 65° inside radius. This month, the new sink will be available in high-end independent kitchen and bath stores and retails for $900 – $1,200, plus installation.

Silestone quartz offers a 15-year limited manufacturer’s warranty. For more information on Silestone, visit www.silestoneusa.com.

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER KIM LEWIS OFFERS TIPS FOR INCORPORATING THE 2012 COLOR OF THE YEAR INTO KITCHEN AND BATH DESIGN

 

                           

         Orange Cool                                 Tangerine Tango                               Rosso Monza

The start of 2012 has heralded a renewal of optimism, and no where is that more evident than with the explosion of bright, bold orange hues. From fashion to home design, the rich, warm shade is spicing things up. For the home, color innovator, Pantone has designated its color of the year as “Tangerine Tango,” while leading quartz manufacturer Silestone, offers similar tones in its expansive line of surfacing with the luminous “Orange Cool” and radiant “Rosso Monza.”

 

“Color is key in design,” said Kim Lewis, the former production designer for ABC’sExtreme Makeover: Home Edition. “Set your mind free — using unexpected color in your own space can be liberating.”

 

Whether homeowners want to ease into colorful design using bold accents, or completely dive in, Lewis, has tips for adding zest in the kitchen and bath — two rooms that can add significant value to a home.

 

“The two spaces in our home where we need to find the most energy are the kitchen and bathroom,” said Lewis, who recently founded Kim Lewis Designs. “After all, this is where we spend many hours pulling ourselves together for the day ahead. With a splash of this citrus color, known to have an energizing effect, you might not even need that second cup of coffee in the morning. Let color awaken your soul and inspire your day.”

 

To invigorate the kitchen and bath, Lewis offered some fresh ideas for homeowners wanting to test out this year’s hottest color and for those who want to fully transform their space.

 

1. Add an accent: “If you’re unsure about how bold you want to go, the key is to pick a few statement pieces in the room for introducing the hue. Consider orange vases, florals, dishware or linens.”

 

Get the look: “Bring a Country Fresh style to your kitchen or bath by combining orange accessories with White Zeus Extreme Silestone counter tops and white or light-finish cabinetry. Bring the Silestone into the backsplash to allow the orange accents to really pop.”

 

2. Brush it on: “Find the focal wall in your kitchen or bath, and coat it with bold orange paint. When using a daring paint color, I suggest all other finishes in the space be white or gray, creating a contemporary or eclectic style.”

 

Get the look: “Combine your orange walls with the Silestone’s “Grey Expo” in the Volcano texture along with white cabinetry, white plumbing fixtures (with satin nickel or chrome faucets), and white tile in the bathroom or light bamboo or cork flooring in the kitchen. For a softer look in the bathroom, use Silestone’s “Lyra” on the counters.”

 

3. Immerse your space: “Let’s be honest — you want your kitchen or bath to be the talk of the neighborhood and using an orange countertop will empower the design of your home.  Silestone offers a color called, “Orange Cool” that pairs nicely with white, gray and silver.”

 

Get the look: “Use “Orange Cool” as the kitchen island and balance the surrounding countertops with “White Zeus Extreme” or the steely gray “Kensho.” Go even bolder and feature Silestone as a backsplash or wall treatment in your kitchen or bath. When featured on an entire wall — it becomes the focal point of the space. For this look, use sleek, neutral cabinetry, preferably white, that complements the dynamic color. Select Silestone’s “Chrome” or “Steel” from the Platinum Series for the countertops. I have yet to find another countertop that’s even remotely comparable to this series.”

 

Lewis also noted other creative ways to incorporate the 2012 color of the year using Silestone:

 

  • Use the material to create a bookcase in your living space.
  • Apply Silestone to the top of bench seats on either side of your fireplace for extra seating.
  • Cover your fireplace surround (floor to ceiling) with Silestone, to create a sleek accent wall in the room.
  • Create a custom dining table, by using Silestone as the tabletop.
  • Wrap your tub or kitchen island in Silestone —it’s the perfect material — so easy to clean, with no grout to worry about. I recently used Grey Expo in the Volcano texture as the top for a shower bench in Jewel and Ty Murray’s master bathroom.

 

All Silestone natural quartz products are 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.

 

SILESTONE HOSTS DESIGN COMPETITION IN SEARCH OF BRILLIANT KITCHEN DESIGN

Silestone (www.silestoneusa.com), a world leader in natural quartz surfacing, introduces the Silestone Design Contest, an exciting new program to recognize independent designers on the forefront of creative and inspiring kitchen design. From bold back splashes to innovative islands, Silestone is seeking designers who celebrate the influence of color and push the envelope of design possibilities in the foremost room of the home.

A panel of high-profile design experts will judge and select three winning projects that feature Silestone natural quartz in a kitchen that not only reflects dynamic design, but also showcases a true passion for color. The grand-prize winner will receive an all-expense-paid, six-day trip to Spain and $2,500.

“There are so many outstanding kitchen projects that are colorful and truly innovative,” said Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America, the parent company of Silestone. “The kitchen is the essence of a home, and functional, bright, bold design completely enhances the experience. As a company, we’re proud to be a part of such creativity and look forward to honoring designers who rely on our quartz surfaces to bring their designs to life.”

The Silestone Design Competition judging panel is comprised of leading designers who are renowned for inventive and colorful design, including:

  • Kim Lewis, former designer for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and founder of Kim Lewis Designs in Los Angeles. In six years with the prime time network show, Kim designed the architecture, exteriors, interiors and landscape for more than 100 custom homes in 41 states.
  • John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon, the design duo behind Madcap Cottage in New York City, whose creations reflect a respect for tradition tempered with bold splashes of color and playful patterns. John Loecke was named by House Beautiful magazine as one of America’s Top 25 Young Designers.
  • Mark Williams of Mark Williams Design Associates in Atlanta. With varied experience in residential and commercial design interiors, Mark has developed a diverse work portfolio including an outstanding array of kitchen and bath projects.

The Silestone Design Contest begins May 1 and is open to all independent designers who completed kitchen projects using Silestone natural quartz from September 2011 to September 2012. The call for entries ends September 30, 2012 and the winners will be announced on October 16, 2012. For complete contest details or to enter a project, visit www.silestoneusa.com/contest.

SILESTONE INTRODUCES NEW STONIUM COLOR SERIES INSPIRED BY RICH MINERALS AND NATURAL STONE

                         

Vortium                                             Tritium                                           Zynite

 

                          

Siridium                                             Zirix                                               Dinux

Silestone (www.silestoneusa.com), the world leader in quartz surfacing, introduces the Stonium Series, a new line of earthy hues inspired by the distinctive coloring of organic minerals and the movement of natural stone. Launching in April 2012, the new series gives architects, designers and homeowners even more choices in color, depth and pattern for kitchen and bath surfaces.

The Stonium Series uses innovative technology to offer six striking combinations that feature rich color and veining and depict the inherent beauty of natural stone, while providing the exclusive benefits of Silestone Natural Quartz. 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.

The Stonium Series offers new possibilities for exquisite residential and commercial installations. The series is available in the polished finish of the following colors in 63” x 128” slabs in 1cm, 2cm and 3cm thickness: Vortium, a light cream hue with dark speckles; Tritium, a gray hue with cranberry veining; Zynite, a rich combination of chocolate brown, caramel and cream; Siridium, an exotic combination of browns, blacks and creams; Zirix, an elegant cream with yellow highlights and dark veining; and Dinux, a dark chocolate brown with black hues and platinum veining.

As with all Silestone natural quartz products, the Stonium 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.

The Stonium Series retails at $54 – $82 per square foot, depending on thickness and color. Beginning in May, 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 www.silestoneusa.com.

For more information, please contact Sharp Communications, Inc., at (212) 829-0002. Trade media: Stephanie Grabbe, Ext. 103, sg@sharpthink.com. Consumer media: Nicole Janok, Ext. 122, nj@sharpthink.com

 

SILESTONE PARTNERS WITH SHERWIN-WILLIAMS TO HOST COLOR INSPIRATION EVENT SERIES


Silestone (www.silestoneusa.com), a world leader in natural quartz surfacing, announces it is partnering with Sherwin-Williams, North America’s largest single-source supplier of high-quality paints, to host eight Color Inspiration events at regional Cosentino Centers across the country.  Through this exciting partnership, these category leaders will celebrate concepts in color and provide interactive tools to create the perfect palette for design.

The Color Inspiration series will enable architects, designers and their clients looking for the latest color trends for the kitchen and bathroom, to be inspired by clever color matching combinations from Silestone’s natural quartz surfaces and Sherwin-Williams dynamic hues. Select events will also take a look into the future, with a special color forecast presentation.

“Color is a driving force in kitchen and bath design,” said Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America. “Just like Sherwin-Williams, color is an integral part of the Silestone story. This partnership and event series is such a great way for two kitchen and bath industry leaders to celebrate the influence of color in design.”

Each event will showcase the full range of more than 75 stylish Silestone colors including the new Stonium collection. Attendees will be able to digitally mix and match Silestone products with a coordinating palette of more than 1,500 Sherwin-Williams paint colors through the “Chip It” program.  Additionally, attendees will receive a new Silestone color wheel to take away, which architects and designers can easily take to client meetings to help with the color selection process.

“The Color Inspiration events with Sherwin-Williams and Cosentino offer professionals and homeowners the perfect opportunity to find design inspiration to create their ideal kitchen and bath,” said Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing, Sherwin-Williams. “With the assistance of digital tools such as Sherwin-Williams Chip It!, translating color inspiration from photos to reality is easier than ever.”

The first event will kick off in Chicago at the Cosentino Center on April 23. Additional markets that will host a Color Inspiration event include: Atlanta, Orlando, Dallas, Phoenix, Anaheim, Los Angeles and Seattle.

COSENTINO AND THE CAMPANA BROTHERS DEBUT COLLABORATIVE PROJECT AT MILAN DESIGN WEEK

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Cosentino, a global leader in the production and distribution of quartz, natural stone, and recycled surfaces, is pleased to debut an innovative kitchen installation during Milan Design Week called Shaping Silestone® created by renowned Brazilian designers, Fernando and Humberto Campana. The new project will debut at Milan Design Week (April 17-22) during the Salone del Mobile and will be on display at Fuorisalone 2012 at the Superstudio Più, (Via Tortona 27, Milan.)

The Shaping Silestone® project is a unique modular piece featuring three main components that reflect the idea of a Swiss army knife, creating a multi-functional kitchen island. The Campana brothers have relied on advanced sculptural design and the durable, eco-friendly elements of Silestone natural quartz and ECO by Cosentino, an eco-friendly surface comprised of 75 percent recycled materials, to create a piece that expertly integrates and unifies various elements, including the countertop, stove, sink, and table.

The flexibility of the Shaping Silestone® concept creates a multitude of uses, from serving as the heart of a culinary creation to acting as the main social space in the home. The design showcases front panels made using fine hardwood veneer from a walnut tree cut more than a half a century ago and features the Integrity sink by Cosentino. Several chairs that are integrated under the same concept also accompany the piece of furniture.  Shaping Silestone® thus becomes an active piece of furniture, in a mobile structure, with different stories to tell and different roles to play.

The brilliant design showcases how Cosentino products stand out for their functional design, versatility and modern aesthetic.This is the second time Cosentino Group and the Campana Brothers have collaborated on a major design project.  The project will be open for viewing daily during Milan Design Week from 10am – 9pm from April 17 – 22, 2012.

SILESTONE TO LAUNCH TRENDSPOTTERS PROGRAM AT KBIS

                      

 

Kim Lewis                     John Loecke & Jason Oliver Nixon                 Mark Williams

Silestone (www.silestoneusa.com), a world leader in natural quartz surfacing, will launch an exciting new Trendspotters program by bringing together leading designers from across the country to spot the latest products, design innovation, and color trends at the 2012 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) from April 24-26 in Chicago. From bright, bold color and unique textures to innovative applications and international influences, they’ll be revealing this year’s highlights directly from the show floor. The Trendspotters will serve as design ambassadors for their regional markets, delivering a KBIS trend report this summer at a special event in their local Cosentino Center or industry partner showroom.

The Silestone Trendspotters will include four renowned designers with distinct and compelling design aesthetic from three important U.S. markets:

  • Kim Lewis, former designer for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and founder of Kim Lewis Designs in Los Angeles. In six years with the prime time network show, Kim designed the architecture, exteriors, interiors and landscape for more than 100 custom homes in 41 states, Lewis also has been published in People and InStyle for her design work for the home of singer/songwriter, Jewel.
  • John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon, are the design duo behind Madcap Cottage in New York City. The interior design firm’s creations reflect a respect for tradition tempered with bold splashes of color and playful patterns. John Loecke also was named by House Beautiful magazine as one of America’s Top 25 Young Designers. And after two decades as an editor for publications including Gotham, Hamptons, Los Angeles Confidential, and Aspen Peak, Nixon teamed up with Loecke to open Madcap Cottage.
  • Mark Williams, of Mark Williams Design Associates in Atlanta. With varied experience in residential and design and interiors, and commercial interiors, Mark has developed a diverse work portfolio and is frequently published in magazines such as Kitchen Trends, Southern Living, Dream Baths, and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.

Together, the Silestone Trendspotters will utilize more than 45 years of collective experience and a keen eye for great design to instantly report on emerging trends at KBIS through their own blogs and social media channels as well as the Silestone digital platforms, using the hashtag #SilestoneTrends. The up-to-the-minute insight will allow other architects and designers who can’t attend KBIS to stay informed on the newest products and trends for their design projects. Additionally, consumers and design enthusiasts, who typically are not permitted to attend the industry-only trade show also can get a sneak peak and join in the design conversation on the Silestone Facebook page where all #SilestoneTrends updates will appear during KBIS.

“Staying on the forefront of product innovation is critical to the success of architects and designers,” said Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America.  “Silestone is honored to host these industry leaders to help educate the A+D community on what’s emerging in this exciting industry. Silestone has a host of introductions this year and we’re looking forward to gaining additional insight on new trends in innovation, color and design through our Trendspotters.”

The Trendspotters also will serve as the judges for the Silestone Design Contest, which seeks to honor independent designers who demonstrate a mastery of color and design creativity in a kitchen project.  Details on the contest and how to submit projects can be found online at www.silestoneusa.com/contest

COSENTINO OPENS CHARLOTTE CENTER

Cosentino Ribbon Cutting (l to r): Eduardo Cosentino, CEO of Cosentino North America, Brian Lynch, Northeast Regional Director and interim General Manager for the Charlotte Cosentino Center

 

Last week, Cosentino, the global leader in natural stone, quartz, and recycled surfacing, opened its eighth North American Cosentino Center in Charlotte. More than 180 building and design industry leaders and top Cosentino executives attended the grand opening reception. The new Charlotte 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 April 12 program included remarks from Eduardo Cosentino, CEO of Cosentino North America, and Brian Lynch, Northeast Regional Director and interim acting General Manager for the Charlotte Cosentino Center. Visitors to the Charlotte center will be able to explore and engage in all aspects of the kitchen and bath experience—from material and color section to specification and fabrication. It will include a comprehensive showcase of 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, 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.

The Charlotte opening marks the first center in North Carolina.


COSENTINO UNVEILS INNOVATIVE ‘COSENTINO CENTER’ IN CHARLOTTE

 

Cosentino, the global leader in natural stone, quartz, and recycled surfacing, is opening a Cosentino center in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Officially kicking off with a reception for industry leaders on Thursday April 12, the new Charlotte center will focus on enhancing the kitchen and bath design experience for architects, designers, fabricators, distributors and consumers. The opening also is part of an overall plan to continuously expand the company’s presence in the U.S. market in the next few years.

“As Cosentino’s presence continues to grow in North America, it’s imperative to provide the resources and support that architects and designers need to grow their businesses and be successful,” said Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America. “That goal is the guiding vision behind the Cosentino Center concept.”

The Cosentino center concept already 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 fully functioning kitchens and event space for demonstrations. The centers create an interactive environment for architects, designers, distributors, and fabricators to view the latest products and design trends, earn continuing education credits, attend expert seminars, and receive training and on new production techniques and innovations.

Visitors to the Charlotte center will be able to explore and engage in all aspects of the kitchen and bath experience — from material and color section to specification and fabrication. It will include a comprehensive showcase of 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.

To meet increasing demand for its products, Cosentino opened its first Center in Anaheim, CA in 2010 and quickly followed with showrooms in Phoenix, San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Orlando and San Diego. Additionally, eight more centers are planned to open in 2012 including Washington D.C., Cincinnati, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Austin, Portland, St. Louis and Denver.

The Charlotte Cosentino Center is located at 11435 Granite St., Suite B, Charlotte, NC 28273. Phone: (704) 504-1538.


SAN DIEGO COSENTINO CENTER OPENS

Cosentino Ribbon Cutting (l to r): Scott Newhan, General Manager of the San Diego Cosentino                        Center and Eduardo Cosentino, CEO of Cosentino North America.

 

Last week, Cosentino, the global leader in natural stone, quartz, and recycled surfacing, opened its seventh North American Cosentino Center in San Diego. More than 200 building and design industry leaders and top Cosentino executives attended the grand opening reception, which featured a American Institute of Architects (AIA) continuing education course on hard surfacing options. The new San Diego 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 March 15 program included remarks from Eduardo Cosentino, CEO of Cosentino North America, and Scott Newhan, General Manager for the San Diego Cosentino Center. Guests mingled throughout Cosentino’s 25,000-square-foot facility, which includes a distribution warehouse with giant slabs of 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 a 3,400 square-foot state-of-the-art showroom.

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, 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.

The San Diego opening is part of an overall plan to continuously expand the company’s presence in the U.S. market in the next few years and marks the second center in California.