The Antolini Tech(nically amazing) Collection

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In 2017 we introduced the newest addition to our slab collection: Antolini Tech (A-tech.)  We then asked ourselves is this a trend, “flavor of the month” or are these Porcelain Slabs here to stay for the long run?  Well it’s safe to say, that these bad boys are not going anywhere!  Two years later, we not only can’t keep these in stock we have now expanded the collection from 12 to 40 colors along with 2 finishes (polished & satin) and 2 thicknesses (6mm & 1.2 cm.)

These slabs can be used just about anywhere and everywhere:  countertops, vanities, shower walls, tub surrounds, fireplaces, floors, feature walls, exterior cladding, outdoors/patios. So get rid of the old school “porcelain only comes in tile for the floor” mentality.

The “easiness” of these slabs, also gives Homeowners/Designers the option to use the same color/pattern as a backsplash, countertop or on the floor. For those that like to match, it’s nice to have that option especially a low maintenance option.  The best part is being able to have a polished backsplash with a satin floor or vice versa.

Still not convinced?

Porcelain Pros:

  • Hygienic surface – suitable for food contact

  • Easy to clean & maintain

  • Resistant to frost & high temperature

  • Mold & mildew resistant

  • Stain & acid resistant

  • UV resistant

  • Resistant to bending & shock

  • Highly resistant to scratching & abrasions

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Cleaning, Maintenance and Care

What maintenance? That’s right, little to no maintenance is required, simply perform daily cleaning with lukewarm water and home detergent.

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2019 Motto: Living Coral

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Living Coral aka Pantone 16-1546, has been named the 2019 Color of the Year.  This vibrant shade is said to dominate the design industry over the next 12 months.

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2018 was definitely ultra violet.  The provocative, thoughtful yet mysterious shade of purple led us straight into the calmness and comfort of Living Coral.  Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in the continually shifting environment.

As Pantone mentions, Living Coral, is the color of carefree happiness.  It “symbolizes our innate need for optimist and joyful pursuits,” a feeling many might be craving in today’s times.

The orange pink hue is said to bring life into any space. So why not get into the spirit and bring some joy inside.  Be inspired by these pops of Living Coral.

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” I love the concept of drawing color inspiration from nature.  Coral can be dramatic, but also feels fresh and cheerful.  Too much for some in a fixed finish but a beautiful accessory or compliment to a dynamic space.”

- Emily Van Tassel, Architectural Sales Rep

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“Our white marble (natural, quartz or porcelain) offerings are a great compliment to this vibrant color of splash!”

–Daniel Johnson, Vice President VP

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“Coral is so bright and bold, there is just something about the color that feels earthbound and welcoming, optimistic and intimate. It’s a shade people want to live with.”

-Kamila Pasko, Interior Design Consultant

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Introducing -TERRAZZO by Diresco

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Announcer: (talks with excitement)
Wow, can we all agree Terrazzo is hotter than ever!
 
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Terrazzo: (sarcastically)
New Year, who this?
 
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Is there a better way to introduce TERRAZZO by Diresco Belgian Quartz then a short play and a puppy!? We think not.  Diresco just dropped the hottest five colors mimicking the ever popular look of terrazzo.

 

Behind the Look

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To capitalize on this trend, Diresco and Belgian Designer, Bram Bollen, of Studio PlanB teamed up. Bram is a product designer in Europe known for his sleek contemporary aesthetic.  Together they have injected modernity into traditional terrazzo.

The 5 trendy new colors are quartz based and have the same strength, durability and ease of maintenance as all of the Diresco products.

The detailed yet simple design of these colors allows designers to be flexible and use in both modern and classic spaces.

 

 

 

Do you have a favorite?

Prepare to fall in love! These new colors are available in both polished and velvet finish.  Polished surfaces provide a radiant finish with an impeccable linear reflection that presents a depth and sophistication to the material.

While, the velvet surfaces provide a matte or non-reflective finish that is much softer to the eye and touch. The luxurious look and feel of the velvet finish evokes a relaxed and natural feel.

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Terrazzo Grey

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Terrazzo Crea Light

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Terrazzo Crea Dark

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The difference between Diresco TERRAZZO & Traditional Terrazzo:

Diresco’s TERRAZZO is different from traditional terrazzo in two significant ways.

The Aggregate:  Traditional terrazzo uses crushed pieces of marble, granite, glass, even mirror. Diresco’s TERRAZZO uses crushed pieces of previously pressed Diresco quartz slabs for their aggregate.

The Aesthetic: Traditional terrazzo is usually densely packed with aggregate and held together with a cementitious or epoxy binder.  TERRAZZO’s aggregate is more sparsely broadcast allowing the background color to stand out.

 

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Applications

Certainly, this series is ideal for kitchen countertops, vanities, and furniture, but these slabs could also be cut down and used as a flooring option in a smaller residential application when traditional terrazzo is cost prohibitive.

We saved the best for last: Diresco TERRAZZO is also BIO/UV safe, making these the perfect option for outdoor use.

Call your T&M Rep for more info/samples today!

Meet & Pair!

Oyster GreyThis may be a pumpkin spice latte but these stones are anything but basic!  Meet the new fall staples of stone. If you’re currently remodeling or renovating your home then keep on reading!

Meet Blue Dorato Soapstone:

There’s not a soapstone we met that we didn’t like. Especially Blue Dorato Soapstone, that gold veining is everything! If you’re not familiar with Soapstone, it’s comparable to your favorite pair of jeans, you just fall in love with it more and more throughout time.  

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Perfect Pair:

(Bianco Genesi 26, Grigio Tracce 3 Superfici, Antracite CG Cemento)

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Meet Nero Levanto AZC:

Talk about dramatic! If you’re looking to make a statement then this is the marble you want in your kitchen! And guess what, this is available in Azerocare, low maintance, no etching & no staining!

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Perfect Pair:

(Italian White Carrara, Black CG Architecture, Statuario Grigio CG Marmoker, Antracite Genesi 13)

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Meet Oyster Grey:

For all those cool tone lovers, Oyster Grey is here!! 

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Perfect Pair:

(Kerrala, White CG Architecture, Statuario White Extra)

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Meet Aculla:

New Arrival, Aculla, sure stands out! We love the beautiful quartz crystals found in each slab!

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Perfect Pair:

(Tortora Genesi 13, Porto Rotondo CG Sardegna, Chicago Avondale Glass Mosaic)

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Meet Capri:

Get lost, in the wild veining of Capri! Mother Nature never disappoints, Capri wows from every angle!

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Perfect Pair:

(Malta, Bardiglio Imperiale CG Marmoker, Scandinavian Oslo Glass Mosaic, Statuario Grigio CG Marmoker)

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The Men of T&M …

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It’s getting hot in here! The men of T&M highlight their go-to drink, favorite band and current slab obsessions!  If for a second there you thought that men don’t care about design or don’t have an opinion about decorating and their favorite pieces, then you were wrong – most men do!

So ladies, and gents, sit back and get to know the men of T&M!

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NTMA Tech Seminar Highlights!

That’s a wrap! Another NTMA Tech Seminar & Customer Appreciation Dinner are in the books! We say this each year, there’s no way that it can be topped. But somehow, just somehow….each year ends up better than the last! We cannot even begin to express how honored and grateful we are for all of our customers who not only come out for a good time each year but also support T&M and the NTMA!

In the great words of Chris Popham and Brad Meyer: “TANKS” & “CHEERS!”

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Remodeling 101 – Everything you need to know about Slab Selection!

If the idea of remodeling your home has kept you in the same kitchen for years then consider yourself lucky for stumbling upon this blog.  We know that any kind of remodel/renovation can seem like a scary task to take on. But with the right information, a helpful Professional Designer and a Fabricator it’s as easy as 1-2-3.

Below are a few helpful tips that will make the process of choosing a new slab easier.  If you still have questions, simply call and talk to one of our helpful Design Consultants. (Clockwise from top: Maggie, Leona, Margaret, Robbi, Diane, Liz & Monika)

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First things first, find a local Fabricator that works for you.  Just to make your life easier in the end, it’s better to know exactly what you need before starting to look for slabs or doing your research.  No matter how big or small your project, have a Fabricator come out and measure exactly what you will need. Eyeballing doesn’t always cut it.

Remodeling 101 Tip:  Pick your countertop first and then move on to the backsplash.  Remember you need your dress before accessories!

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Once you have your measurements, you can begin brainstorming.  Getting ideas online is great, besides the good ol’ google, there’s also instagram, pinterest & houzz.  You can also view live inventory at www.tmsupply.com.

Remodeling 101 Tip: Our website is completely live, you get to see our actual stock online. (How cool!?) You can view material by type, color, or price level.  (Please note that prices are shown by levels, level 1-10, level 1 being the lowest to level 10 the highest. It’s helpful to find out from your Fabricator what price levels you should be looking at.)

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At this point you should have a pretty good idea of how you want your home to look like and what you’re looking for.  And if you don’t, that’s ok too, that’s what we’re here for.  You don’t need an appointment to come in and look at slabs but it is helpful to make one.

Remodeling 101 Tip: Bring anything you can that will make the decision of choosing a slab/s easier.  The more you bring to the initial meeting – the better. Cabinets, wall colors, photos, and even sketches will help tremendously in the end.

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Current Obsessions!

What’s catching your eye these days!

 

Rustic Décor

Welcome to the dark side! Darker kitchens, natural woods and raw rustic decor is coming back strong.  We love the idea of bringing the outdoors in.  Rustic decor not only brings warmth to any space but it adds a timeless touch.  And really, who wouldn’t be charmed by the cozy textures of nature.

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Bronze

Have you met Bronze yet? It’s the new metal of 2018!  Also known as brass & copper’s more neutral and calm cousin. If you love working with metals but prefer more of a subtle scream then bronze will be your go to.

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That’s so Millennial, Millennial Pink that is!

Even though Pantone named rose quartz color of the year in 2016, we’re still digging it in 2018! Plus now more than ever you see more and more shades of pink working its way into home décor! It’s a happy color that you can have fun with!

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The thrill of plants!

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  1. the latest and greatest accessory to any space

“Forget the accent pillow, get a plant!”

Ok this has to be the easiest and most inexpensive way to not only add color but glamour to any interior! Are you sold yet? If not, you’re about to be!

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terrazzo everything duh …

Not to be bias, but yes we are digging Terrazzo more than ever! Besides being a great flooring option we love everything terrazzo that we’re seeing – from pillows to jewelry, etc…

Hey even the Parr family’s new home in the Incredibles 2 movie features terrazzo flooring.  “Oooooo, this house is so fabulous, we’re gonna be putting terrazzo everywhere,” says Incredibles 2 art director Bryn Imagire.

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The Future is Here!

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Attention all marble haters!?! Ok, maybe that’s being a little too dramatic.  But for years the beauty of marble came with baggage – etching, staining and everything else was just part of the package.  Until now, Antolini Italy developed a revolutionary new treatment called Azerocare, in other words a lifesaver for all marble lovers! 

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When it comes to perfecting and showcasing natural stone, Italian stone manufacturer Antolini stays committed to the development of new technologies and innovations. Azerocare is unlike anything you have ever seen.  It effectively makes a porous stone non-porous. It’s the first of its kind to give polished marbles, onyxes and specialty stones full protection from etching and staining caused by contact with acid-based food elements.

Antolini’s top secret development is unlike anything else.  Keep in mind this is not a sealer, it’s the first of its kind factory process. It does not have to be reapplied every few months or years, this is the first permanent treatment done during the cutting and prepping of slabs.

Maintenance? What maintenance. No need for harsh chemical cleaners or special polishes, refer to the good old reliable soap and water technique.  Azerocare slabs also have bacteriostatic properties, which mean that bacteria are stopped from reproducing on the slab surface. 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore the entire Antolini Azerocare line here: https://bit.ly/2Jhfcr5

  

Grilling Season is Here!

Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time to fire up the grill. And if you’re the Martha Stewart of grilling you will appreciate this blog:

All About Outdoor Kitchens!

Capture The popularity of outdoor kitchens has been on the rise in recent years.  You now have more choices in appliances than ever.  More choices in appliances mean more choices in slabs. Are you ready for this, let your backyard turn heads! The key to a beautiful outdoor kitchen is durability.  Remember your outdoor cabinets and surfaces must withstand all weather conditions, whether you have four seasons or a heat wave all year long.  Make sure everything is recommended for exterior use.  Check out the following three options, which one is your favorite?

Quartz: Diresco Belgian Quartz

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Diresco Belgian Quartz now features BIO-UV Technology which not only makes the slabs environmentally friendly but suitable for outdoor use.  Diresco BIO-UV surfaces are composed of 93% natural quartz granulate, a mineral found in abundance throughout the world. The remaining 7% of content consists of resin and pigment.  Featuring only BIO based resins.  The resins are environmentally sound and vegetal in origin. (And who isn’t all about green nowasays!)

In the past, the impact of the sun and its damaging ultraviolet light has prevented quartz from being applied outdoors. Luckily, this dated constraint is no longer an issue when using Diresco quartz surfaces. With the new BIO-UV Technology the surfaces are equipped to yield optimum weather resistance.  The surfaces are exceedingly robust and will withstand the insidious creep of dampness, frost, and corrosion.​

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MULTIPLE FINISHES TO COMPLIMENT YOUR STYLE

Diresco BIO-UV surfaces come in either a Velvet, Polished or Anticato finish. The care and maintenance for these three finishes is incredibly simple and easy. The question is, what finish is most suitable for your design?

MULTIPLE THICKNESSES TO SUIT YOUR PROJECT

Diresco BIO-UV surfaces are available in large format, with a gaurenteed usable surface measurement of 125” x 61”. Our surfaces are available in 1.2cm, 2cm, and 3cm thicknesses. The combination of our large format slabs, multiple thicknesses, and multiple finishes provides significant design possibilities. Interior, exterior, countertop, vanity, floor, or cladding, Diresco has you covered. Dream big, hone your vision, and fall in love with your design.

Porcelain: Antolini Tech Slabs

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Porcelain slabs are quickly gaining popularity and becoming the material of choice.  And we can see why, aside from how simply stunning these slabs are – they are also durable, versatile and low maintenance.

The Antolini Tech Porcelain Collection Slabs are available in 10 new colors ranging in both polish and satin 1.2 slabs. The Antolini Tech Porcelain Collections Slabs are created by compacting material such as clays, feldspars, kaolin and quartz sands, baked in ovens at very high temperatures.  With the size of 63×126, the Antolini Tech slabs are suitable for most varied applications.

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Pyrolithic Stone: GEOLUXE

(*Please Check With Your T&M Rep for Local Availability)

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Right about now, you’re probably asking yourself what is Pyrolithic Stone!?  “Pyrolithic Stone” is 100% mineral-based material made from the patented GeoMimicry Forming Technology which enables realistic marble-like veins throughout slab body.   GEOLUXE has no porosity which makes it resistant to stain, scratching, high acid, low water absorption and easy to clean.

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DURABILITY

With zero percent resin component, GEOLUXE has no problem with UV and can be installed in both outdoor and indoor kitchens.

LOW MAINTENANCE

With very low porosity, just soap and water or a mild detergent is all required for daily maintenance.

HYGIENIC

With 100% of mineral based materials, GEOLUXE has low porosity and low water absorption which won’t draw any humidity from leftover food that can create harmful bacteria.

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