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Antolini Adds Black Absolute Gold to Natura Collection

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Antolini Adds Black Absolute Gold to Natura Collection

Posted on 16 June 2016 by CRadmin3

Antolini’s Black Absolute Gold DesignThe Natura Collection by Antolini was inspired by Antolini’s love of transforming surroundings by crafting natural stone in new and unique ways that enable the full potential of the materials to be realized. The Black Absolute Gold Design created by Antolini is a dark polished granite embellished with golden strands in a fusion of modern and classical.  This detailing evokes a sense of modernism that elevates and inspires.

The material is available in slabs of 51½ in. (nominal) height and variable length depending on block dimension, thickness ¾ in. or 1¼ in. (nominal). Upon request and for specific materials only, Antolini can produce up to 71 in. (nominal) high slab.

You may also be interested in this video about how granite is extracted and processed into countertop slabs.

 

 

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Coverings Seeks Submissions for 2016 Installation & Design Awards

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Coverings Seeks Submissions for 2016 Installation & Design Awards

Posted on 24 October 2015 by CRadmin3

Coverings CID AwardsCoverings is seeking submissions for its 2016 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. The awards honor projects that feature creative designs and demonstrate technical mastery in stone and tile in commercial, international, residential and sustainable projects. There is no fee to submit an entry and multiple entries are accepted and encouraged. It is open to architects, builders, contractors, designers, distributors, installers, retailers and other professionals who exhibit skills in design and installation excellence. All winning projects will be honored on Mon. April 18, 2016 at the CID Awards & Opening Night Celebration. The celebration will include a cocktail reception with a presentation of the winning projects during an interactive showcase. This will give attendees the opportunity to meet the professionals behind the industry-leading projects. The CID Awards & Opening Night Celebration is free and open to all attendees.

Entries can only be submitted via through Coverings’ online portal and must be received by January 18, 2016. Each submission must include a 500-word project narrative; materials information and a minimum of four photographs of the project. If the submission is for an installation award, photographs of the actual install and a technical write up describing the install are required. The entries will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges based on excellence in execution and installation, original and inspiring use of stone or tile and overall design and purpose of the project. Projects will be judged on their levels of creativity, craftsmanship, and use of materials. Projects featuring unusual use of materials or incorporating innovative technology will be highlighted.

Installers and designers of the Grand Prize winning projects will each receive a one-night hotel stay in Chicago and $2,000. All winners must be able to attend the CID Awards & Opening Night Celebration. If the chosen winner is unable to attend, the project will be disqualified and a new winner awarded, with the exception of international projects.

The “Scouting Shot” category is new to the CID Awards program for 2016. This gives projects with amateur photography the opportunity to be professionally photographed. The winning project will receive a complimentary professional photo shoot prior to the show. The photos will be on display at the Opening Night Celebration.

More information about the Coverings 2016 show is available here.

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Cosentino Launches 3 Online Design Tools for Better Surface Visualization

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Cosentino Launches 3 Online Design Tools for Better Surface Visualization

Posted on 14 April 2015 by cradmin

Cosentino launched three new online tools: a Digital Warehouse that gives fabricators an online library of slabs that can be previewed with clients and  the HD Home Viewer and the 3D Home Simulator, which allow the digital customization of a variety of environments by manipulating the various design elements.

Powered by SlabSmith software, the Digital Warehouse allows fabricators and specifiers to directly order a specific slab of granite or marble online by accessing images and providing measurements of each slab. It also autocorrects images for distortions and lighting and notes imperfections. Users can filter by size or application requirements to ensure material consistency and minimized waste in fabrication. Slabs can be applied to kitchen layout templates to create installation previews. By viewing the slab’s patterns and veining placing seams, appliances or fixtures can be determined before ordering. Right now it is only available for the company’s natural stone products.

The other two tools are for designers and homeowners. The Cosentino 3D Home simulator, for iPads, allows users to customize six environmental elements, including a modern, classic and outdoor kitchen, two bathrooms and an exterior space where Dekton may be applied to the façade. It provides multiple viewing angles and lighting scenarios, as well as 3-D movement and camera zoom capabilities. Designs can be saved in a library for editing or sharing. It’s available through the iTunes app store. The Cosentino HD Home Viewer is a multiplatform simulator with high-definition renderings of six spaces, including kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor and retail environments that can incorporate applications of Dekton. The user customizes surfaces by clicking on countertops, façades, wall coverings, floors, furniture and bathroom elements. It is intended for use on computers and Android, iOS and Windows tablets, smartphones and smart televisions.

You may also be interested in this article on MS International’s edge treatment preview system.

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ISFA to Offer CEUs through American Institute of Architects

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ISFA to Offer CEUs through American Institute of Architects

Posted on 13 December 2013 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) has been approved to provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to architects through an agreement with the American Institute of Architects (AIA). ISFA’s first presentation, “Solid Surface Design Basics” has already been approved as a course, providing one Learning Unit (LU) for participants. Additional courses on quartz surfacing, advanced solid surface design, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, and more are already under development for 2014. The new ISFA program has three current sponsors, Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company, Meganite and Aetna Plywood, and additional sponsors are welcome.

As an Approved Provider for the AIA, the Continuing Education Program at ISFA will be developing content for a variety of approved courses through a program with participating ISFA members. ISFA is responsible for the coordination of the CEU efforts, and provides the point-of-contact for the AIA and other professional organizations that conduct continuing education programs. The ongoing administration of the CEU programs will be the responsibility of ISFA, with guidance from Continuing Education Program participants. ISFA will also train and register presenters who will be qualified to deliver approved courses on behalf of ISFA.

“This program will help participating ISFA member companies to have more contact with architects and designers and also help to education potential customers on a variety of topics,” said ISFA Executive Director Chuck Sawyer. “We think this will be of great value to our members to increase their reach and influence with more specifiers.”

For more information, contact Chuck Sawyer at cksawyer@isfanow.org.

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MIA CEU Programs Adds New Course for Architects

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MIA CEU Programs Adds New Course for Architects

Posted on 28 November 2012 by cradmin

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) is proud to announce that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has approved “Natural Stone Tile: An Overview” as a CEU course available to MIA members who are part of the MIA’s CEU Program. The MIA CEU Program helps participating MIA members connect with architects and design professionals by certifying them as approved providers of CEU courses. The MIA works to register these courses with the AIA and IDCEC (a consortium of interior design associations). “Natural Stone Tile: An Overview” is the 12thsuch course to be recognized.

“Natural Stone Tile: An Overview” is a one hour course that familiarizes design professionals with the resources available for installation methods and specifying standards for natural stone tile. The course reviews the characteristics of natural stone in order to explain how it may affect your project. The learning objectives are as follows:

  • Understand the basic stone types and methods of formation
  • Gain an understanding of the key aspects of Stone Tile Specification as introduced in the 2011-12 TCNA Handbook, ANSI  A 108/A118, and the MIA Dimension Stone Design Manual 7.2
  • Understand how the intricacies of Stone Tile Installation can impact your project
  • Learn key differences between the installation of Stone Tile and Ceramic/Porcelain Tile

Six months in development, the new course was developed by the MIA’s Stone Tile Presentation Committee.  The committee utilized feedback from a Coverings presentation on this topic conducted by Josh Levinson, Artistic Tile, and expanded the scope of the presentation to fit a CEU format.  Several industry leaders were involved on the project which included collaboration with TCNA (Tile Council of North America) to acquire images of methods discussed in the presentation. The new powerpoint presentation also includes a hand-out specific to the presentation content.

Committee member Vincent Moiso had this to say about the program, “For me this presentation is an essential addition to the Marble-Institute’s CEU program. It takes the Stone Design I and II presentations to the next level. It provides insight to proper stone tile installation methods and really promotes setting the proper customer expectations.”

Committee Chair Josh Levinson added, “In order to meet the expectations of the end user, this new CEU strives to educate the market on the nuances of installing natural stone tiles, and differentiate it’s application from man made products, at a time when these differences have been brought to the forefront by the inclusion of stone tile installation methods in the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, and Stone Tile Installation.”

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