The Story Behind the Stone – Alta Quartzite

Alta Quartzite

The Search is over! Discovering this beautiful natural stone was like a ribbon cutting ceremony for the industry! Of course, finding this virgin quarry was no walk in the park. Located in a very isolated area of Brazil our stone quest began with a turbulent flight in a prop plane followed by a landing on a make shift dirt runway in the town of Macuabas. We met our team and embarked on a 14 hr drive over dirt roads.

Quarried block of Alta Quartzite

As we drove through the desert terrain, we were taken by the sudden change to a green valley. We witnessed the full color spectrum, an array of blues from the sky, greenery from the valley and warm desert colors from the terrain. It was a moment in time that transported us away from all the struggles of the day allowing us to appreciate the breathtaking scenery around us. Then we began our ascension to the end of our quest. The Portuguese word for high is Alta; as we came to the end of our climb to witness this amazing material nestled into the side of this mountain, it was clear what the name of this material would have to be.

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Finding a true white quartzite is extremely rare. This material evokes the gentle elegance of a fine Italian marble without the additional maintenance. Picking the very first and best blocks out of this quarry is a memory that will be cherished for a lifetime – Please help us welcome Alta Quartzite!

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Ending 2016 with a Bang! Greenery, we are ready for you!

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Every year, Pantone chooses a color that reflects the current cultural climate and serves as an expression of a mood and/or attitude.  2016 was the year of Rose Quartz & Serenity, the inspiration behind this duo came from the ever changing and chaotic times where consumers were seeking harmony and mindfulness which was found in these two calming pastel colors.  We were happy to hear that Pantone unveiled the 2017 “Color of the Year” to be: Greenery.   Greenery signifies new beginnings & growth! 2017 let’s do this!

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“Greenery burst forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment.  Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

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Greenery is nature’s neutral! In a world taken over by technology, Pantone has partnered with Airbnb to create an experience in nature inspired by Greenary!  “There’s a growing desire to reconnect with nature and what is real, and find ways to disconnect from technology. We need a break. We need to stop and breathe.” -Laurie Pressman, Pantone Color Institutes VP.  Disconnecting with the world and connecting with oneself can bring joy, peace and the ability to view life on a more positive note.

On top of it all, Pantone did our homework for us by creating a selection of 10 palettes pairing Greenery: http://bit.ly/2gE4JEE.  This versatile, “trans-seasonal” shade that can be seamlessly paired with a variety of different neutrals, brights, pastels, metallic and even the two 2016 colors of the year, Rose Quartz & Serenity.

We are excited to find this zesty yellow-green shade in fashion, decor, architecture and more throughout 2017!

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Floor As Your Canvas – USD Loma Hall

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USD Loma Hall -  San Diego, CA
The 3,275 square foot design University of San Diego Loma Hall features 3,275 square foot terrazzo design inspired by the architectural geometric patterns from the 16th century Spanish Renaissance era.  Its mathematical precision and intricacy implement a harmonious balance of art and science.    The geometric pattern is the focal point of the design, creating a clear hierarchy of spaces in contrast with the more subdued areas.  Bands of color reinforce the delineation of space where walls are movable, and the floor pattern is reflected and enhanced by the intricate woodwork on the ceiling.

 
Architect:    Delawie
Terrazzo Contractor:    T.B. Penick & Sons
Terrazzo Material Supplier:    Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies

 

With terrazzo, the possibilities are endless. Let the floor be your canvas and bring terrazzo into your next project by contacting your Architectural Sales Consultant for assistance at 800.7.MARBLE or visit www.tmsupply.com.

 

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Floor As Your Canvas – Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center

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Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center -  Anaheim, CA

The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center serves as a gateway to local attractions.  The structure’s bold, contemporary design incorporates 35,000 square feet of epoxy terrazzo.  Using only two color swatches along with a simple yet strategically placed floor design, the pattern handsomely addresses the architecture and is properly scaled for the magnitude of the space. The floors play their role to perfection, as a pedestal for the structure and directing the focus to the sky.  The sheen on the floors is precisely gauged to soften the strong light.
Architect:    HOK
Terrazzo Contractor:    Grazzini Brothers & Company
Terrazzo Material Supplier:    Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies

 

With terrazzo, the possibilities are endless. Let the floor be your canvas and bring terrazzo into your next project by contacting your Architectural Sales Consultant for assistance at 800.7.MARBLE or visit www.tmsupply.com.

 

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Floor As Your Canvas – Vitae Restaurant

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Architect:  Mr. Neils Guldager
Terrazzo Contractor:    Durite Concepts Inc.
Terrazzo Material Supplier:    Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies

 

Design Notes:  The elegance of this one-of-a-kind 1,500-square-foot installation speaks for itself. The micro-quartzite aggregate supports the design and keeps the eye focused on the original chain-link pattern, staid but dynamic, contemporary yet classic in its choice of colors. The black elements, of the interwoven geometrical shapes, were formed using water-jet technology and the white sections were poured-in-place. The great thing about water-jet technology is that it allows for the creation of a monolithic floor with intricate patterns without expansion joints or metal strips for separating colors.

 

With terrazzo, the possibilities are endless. Let the floor be your canvas and bring terrazzo into your next project by contacting your Architectural Sales Consultant for assistance at 800.7.MARBLE or visit www.tmsupply.com.

 

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The Story Behind the Stone – Verde Antique

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Verde Antique, the world’s finest serpentine, is born right here in the USA and has been quarried in the green mountains of central Vermont for over a 100 years! Verde Antique is often referred to as “marble”, while it has the warmth and look of marble, it is actually harder and less porous than many types of granite. It’s low absorption rate and flexural strength makes it a favorite among architects, designers and builders on projects throughout the world. It can be found in kitchens, courthouses, museums and many commercial buildings.

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Verde Antique’s signature green and metallic flecked surface, complimented by white and light green veining, makes it a widely sought element in distinctive residential projects. Every block that’s quarried has unique features to complement your project. Unlike marble, Verde Antique naturally stands up to culinary acid exposure and resists staining. In fact, over 100 years of Verde Antique interior and exterior installations worldwide still retain their original finishes and beauty. Being family owned and operated in Rochester, Vermont, along with strategically placed warehouses in nearby Hancock; ensure the time honored quality of local Vermont craftsmanship for your special project. This also allows the ability to supply custom sizes and different finishes, with short lead times – from small scale local kitchens, to major international projects.

Please help us welcome – Vermont Verde Antique!

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The Story Behind the Stone – Iceberg Extra

IMG_1764 Some say it’s better to be lucky than good, and that may be true – but no matter what, we believe hard work always pays off in the end! Iceberg Extra has a similar story to tell on how this wonderful white quartz was discovered. Our good friend and explorer, Maxwell, was on a quest in Brazil searching for Emerald Quartzite. The land he was exploring is very well known for the emerald and therefore very well guarded. The heavy abundance of emerald bandits made his journey very dangerous; however, what he ended up finding is a story for the ages.

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Located in the NW region of Bahia, Brazil – Maxwell was lost in the middle of nowhere, when all of a sudden; he stumbled upon the largest deposit of white quartz in the entire world. His loooong adventure and hard work finally paid off in LARGE dividends as this quarry of white quartz is unlike anything anyone has ever seen. Production out of this quarry is very limited due to the level of difficulty to get to this desolate area. Our exclusive relationship with Maxwell gives us first priority when it comes to looking at their most exclusive blocks. Come see the finest white quartz in the world – Iceberg Extra .

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The Story Behind the Stone – Statuario Cava 103

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Equivalent to the batch number on a bottle of well aged scotch, the Statuario Cava 103 stamps the same type of exclusive richness. The “103” originates from the name of the quarry which produces this most sought after white marble. The historical quarry, Calocara 103, sits high up in a mountain and overlooks the beautiful city of Carrara, Italy.

Batch 103 is known for its stark white background and medium grain structure. The balance of its veins, coupled with its evenly distributed pattern, is what makes these set of blocks so extraordinary, proclaiming them the king of all whites! Our generational relationships allow us exclusive rights to the first selection of blocks. This is how we ensure that you will be receiving the most luxurious slabs of Statuario Cava 103.

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The Benefits of Ultra-Thin Slabs

Sometimes less is more! With the recent shift in design trends, simple and clean are the sought after looks. You can notice this recent trend in kitchen and bathroom designs, these spaces are becoming more open, featuring a modern slick look. Designers and architects are pushing more and more stone walls, back splashes and fireplace surrounds in their projects making the use of 3cm slabs a bit of a challenge, until now! The unveiling of ultra thin slabs has literally taken design options to the next level! Thin slabs weigh less and also simplify the fabrication process yielding more cost savings while shortening the duration of projects. These slabs are also more forgiving and less likely to crack on installations.

Diresco Belgian Quartz 1.2 cm Slabs

With Quartz being the “it” product on the market, Diresco Belgian Quartz combines the power of quartz while pleasing the current ultra-thin look that is craved by designers and architects. The 1.2cm slabs measure at 127 inches long by 55 inches wide. Don’t be fooled by the thinness of these compared to the standard quartz thickness, they are incredibly strong, non-porous and extremely durable – perfect for both residential and high traffic installations. interior of modern european kitchen

Diresco Belgian Quartz 1.2 Slabs are recommended for the following surfaces:

  • Countertops
  • Full Wall Back Splashes
  • Vanities
  • Floor Slabs
  • Staircases
  • Shower Walls
  • Interior Cladding
  • Fireplace Cladding

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Polycor – Ultra-Thin 1cm Reinforced Slabs

Polycor now offers ultra-thin 1cm reinforced marble and granite slabs. These innovative slabs are 1/3 of the weight and 10x stronger, finally giving designers the freedom to go bigger and higher with their projects. These 1cm slabs are backed with a proprietary reinforcement, giving them 10 times the strength of unbacked granite or marble. There are no special tools required to work with these 1 cm slabs, you can treat them as normal. In fact, the positives are less wear and tear on the tools themselves and projects are completed faster due to less work being required. 1cm_Ultra_Thin_Slab_Polycor_PoggenPohl_7 Ultra-thin reinforced slabs are recommended for the following surfaces:

  • Counter Tops
  • Full Wall Back Splashes
  • Vanities
  • Floor Slabs
  • Shower Walls
  • Interior Cladding
  • Exterior Cladding

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Mosaic Vibes

It White Carrara Select - Hexagon

We’re certainly feeling the hexagon vibes lately! Lets first start by saying this is not a recent trend and instead of “jumping” on the hexagon bandwagon, we decided to drive it. This may come as a shock, but hexagon tiles never really went out of style! This uniform pattern has been around since the early 1900′s, recently gaining more and more popularity in the design world.

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Our Monte Bianco Collection offers the hexagon tile in 3 sought after white marble shades: Calacatta Gold Extra, Statuario White Extra & Italian White Carrara Select.  Also available in 2 finishes: the ever popular high gloss polished & the smooth “velvety to the touch” trendy honed finish.

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So simple and yet so eye catching. The hexagon pattern tends to create a dappled effect by every other tile featuring a different shade of the white marble.  Perfecting the perfect backsplash in any room.

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You can let the hexagon pattern shine all on its own or pair it with your favorite tile to achieve a magical combination! Perfect for a bathroom or kitchen inspiration.

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Feeling inspired? Do you see yourself planning a hexagon tile project in the near future? Share your next hexagon story with us here at Terrazzo & Marble!

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Make sure to view our entire Monte Bianco Collection: http://bit.ly/1Tvt0y5