Finishes & Surfaces

Bathroom design discord


“Design dissonance” is a term we are borrowing from the world of systems design in technology. Perhaps the best definition is this: “Design dissonance occurs when a product or service sends out cognitive signals that run counter to the desired effect”. What is being pointed to here is that design does a number of things. [...]

Bathroom design discord2018-02-08T12:39:52+11:00

Covered in stone


The facade of a building is the first clue that tells us that structure may have something special to offer. Lightweight natural stone ventilated rainscreen facades are becoming more commonly used in modern buildings because of their benefits in efficiency and aesthetic appeal. The way buildings are constructed has changed fundamentally over the past 35 [...]

Covered in stone2018-02-08T12:33:59+11:00

Traditional stone, just lighter and more affordable


For more than 50 years, Cultured Stone by Boral has continued to innovate and develop products to meet the latest design trends. It can enhance the aesthetics of a project, as well as add value and maintenance-free performance while helping protect the environment. Boral introduced its Cultured Stone product to the Australian market in 2011, [...]

Traditional stone, just lighter and more affordable2018-02-08T12:29:40+11:00

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 age2018-02-08T12:25:21+11:00

A commitment to new ideas


A known innovator in architectural surfaces, Axolotl was established in 1995 after many years of R&D led to its ability to adhere genuine metal to the surface of any substrate, a world first. In this feature, Axolotl managing director, Kris Torma writes about its latest stone, metal and paint finishes. Axolotl Stone Surface is an [...]

A commitment to new ideas2018-02-08T12:20:20+11:00

More than a bonding agent


When Laticrete founder, Dr. Henry M. Rothberg, launched the company’s 4237 Latex Thin-Set Additive, he introduced a strong, weather- and shock-resistant “thin-bed” mortar, using equal parts sand and cement. It replaced thick, heavy and labour-intensive mortar bed installations. As acceptance of this problem-solving technology increased, ceramic tile and stone became more common choices for flooring [...]

More than a bonding agent2018-02-08T12:14:47+11:00

Eighty years of progress


Mapei has been manufacturing chemical products for the construction industry since 1937, and has become a point of reference for the global market. The company’s long, proud history has always been closely connected to its capacity for ground-breaking research and innovation. Mapei invests 5% of its annual turnover into their 18 R&D laboratories. Its Corporate [...]

Eighty years of progress2018-02-08T12:11:01+11:00

New Art Select Stone


Karndean Designflooring is unveiling its new premium collection of Art Select Stone from January 2016. Inspired by natural materials, the collection showcases Karndean’s most intricate and realistic embosses to date, each handcrafted to reflect the unique patterns and textures of real stone. The new Art Select Stone collection features four slate, three marble, three travertine [...]

New Art Select Stone2016-03-02T18:20:32+11:00

New pool mosaic


When it comes to pool tiling, Amber can supply the full range including natural stone and porcelain tiles and concrete pavers for pool surrounds. The brand new Revi Hot Melt glass mosaics are assembled using the Poly Cord system which provides 30 per cent better adhesion (CSIRO testing). The tesserae are mounted using multiple threads [...]

New pool mosaic2016-03-02T18:18:38+11:00

Taj Royale


Caesarstone is excited to announce the launch of Taj Royale into the Supernatural designs range as a true gesture to the beauty of nature – exhibiting soft textures, delicate veins, rich depths and warm hues against an inspired marble aesthetic. “Since we launched the Supernatural designs in 2013, they have enjoyed an incredible response from [...]

Taj Royale2016-03-02T18:15:28+11:00
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