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Marmomac 2019: Geodiversity of Stone


Joe Simpson reports on the latest Marmomac, an event that celebrates natural stone and the technology, machinery and artistry that goes into creating it. Once again, a key zone at the most recent Marmomac held in the Italian city of Verona was The Italian Stone Theatre. It is a dedicated hall focusing on design, innovation, [...]

Marmomac 2019: Geodiversity of Stone2019-11-07T14:03:23+11:00

Silicosis: New safeguards


An outbreak in cases of accelerated silicosis in Australia has sparked calls from government bodies to address what is widely regarded as a national epidemic, and has major implications for people working with stone. There have been many developments on a legislative level since Discovering Stone magazine first wrote about the increasing incidence of silicosis [...]

Silicosis: New safeguards2019-11-07T14:13:26+11:00

Resolving a legal paradox using stone


The fifth edition of the Archimarathon Awards held in the Palazzo Mezzanotte, Milan, Italy, celebrated 55 outstanding architectural and interior design projects. A special Stone Award, organised in collaboration with Marmomac, was presented to Kaan Architecten for its restrained and elegant Netherlands Supreme Court project. The Supreme Court of the Netherlands sits on Korte Voorhout [...]

Resolving a legal paradox using stone2019-11-07T13:58:29+11:00

Victorian Bluestone Quarries


Discovering Stone Magazine speaks with Tina Skliros of Victorian Bluestone Quarries about the company’s award-winning stone, recent projects and its processing services. DS: Your quarry is located in Lara, relatively close to Melbourne. VBQ has been in business for over 40 years. Was stone produced on site prior to your tenancy? TS: Our Lara quarry [...]

Victorian Bluestone Quarries2019-08-13T00:40:10+10:00

The Neolithic Heart of Orkney


The Neolithic Revolution, a term coined by Australian archaeologist V. Gordon Childe in the 1920s, commenced from about 10,000 BC onwards and eventually encompassed every human community around the world. It consisted of a series of independent discoveries about how to control food resources with the taming of cattle and other prospective livestock (such as [...]

The Neolithic Heart of Orkney2019-08-13T00:31:50+10:00

Slim materials – the advantages


In 2005 leading local wholesaler Trend Tile (NSW) launched 3 metre x 1 metre x 3 mm panels of porcelain at Designbuild in Melbourne. The product was the brainchild of System SpA a leading Italian manufacturer of machinery principally used in the production of ceramic tiles. The industry’s initial reaction was understandably cool. There were [...]

Slim materials – the advantages2019-08-04T18:54:22+10:00

Solid surfaces come of age


Countertops using Corian are man-made material that don’t look man-made, is more durable and often more affordable than natural stone. Its history dates back to the early sixties and was part of an industry that promised much excitement and promise. The following exchange reflects the enthusiasm at the time. Mr McGuire: I want to say [...]

Solid surfaces come of age2019-08-04T18:34:54+10:00

Back to Basics: Sandstone


Sandstone, the signature stone of Sydney, could be considered Australia’s premier building material. It was a source of shelter and protection well before European settlement, and early settlers quickly identified its workability. The survival of some of Sydney’s earliest buildings is a testament to the durability of this versatile stone. Modern manufacturing processes have freed [...]

Back to Basics: Sandstone2019-07-26T19:03:05+10:00

Stone in the built environment – around the pool


Tiling pool surrounds and interiors is probably the largest domestic tiling project. According to the SPASA one in four Australian backyards features a pool. Although glass mosaic is the prime interior pool lining, a number of popular natural stone products are highly favoured as poolside paving materials: including bluestone, granite, sandstone and travertine. However, as [...]

Stone in the built environment – around the pool2019-07-23T16:29:53+10:00
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