New Semi-Precious Stone Quartz Sets Any Room A Glow
Nothing draws attention like a glowing object. The magical, mesmerizing quality of something softly illuminated from within surprises and delights. It makes us pause to contemplate, just how the heck that happens. This Day-Glo/glow-in-the-dark novelty has found a respected place in home design. Check out some of the latest modern homes with high-gloss finishes and high-end tastes and chances are there is a room that’s got its glow on.
The concept is quite simple: All you need to create a glowing feature is a translucent material and a mechanism to light it from underneath. Caesarstone recently introduced a line of quartz called the Concetto collection made of individually-cut, semi-precious stones that have a translucent quality perfect for creating the glowing effect. The product is creating an entire genre of glow spaces thanks to the creativity of designers such as Gio Tran of Applegate Tran Interiors, Inc., based in San Francisco, California.
Gioi recently designed a bay area “Bling House” for a client with impeccable fashion forward, high-gloss style. One of the home’s trophy features is the glowing blue fireplace made of Caesarstone’s Blue Agate from the Concetto collection. “The idea was to create something that is beautiful even when it’s lit, says Tran. The fireplace is backlit with a sheet of LED lights for even illumination. “Blue Agate is a modern but organic natural material with tremendous depth and movement. I originally considered using recycled glass for the fireplace surround but it doesn’t offer the patterns, texture and variations in color and consistency that makes Blue Agate so striking and elegant,” says Tran.
The glowing allure of translucent surfaces appeals to those looking for something no one else has- the must-have, tastemaking, trendsetting material of the moment. Here’s a look at some of attention-getting possibilities with Concetto.
The slabs come in dimensions of 55.5 x 119 inches and a thickness of 1 inch. Each Concetto piece is made from completely natural stone to create unique patterns and variations in color.
Concetto is one of the latest additions to Caesarstone, which invented quartz in 1987. “We created a movement and basically shifted a lot of consumers from solid surface and granite and marble to the quartz. In the begining, people said quartz was a fake stone. Yes, it is manufactured but it is made from natural minerals to create a non-porous surface and we back that with a lifetime warranty,” says Maggie Amir, Brand Manager of Caesarstone. When Caesarstone launched to the market, it was mainly a product for kitchen countertops. Today the possibilities expand way beyond countertop to include furniture, sculpture and art. To learn more, go to www.caesarstoneus.com.
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