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Countertops & Architectural Surfaces is the official publication of the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA). It contains the latest news and information relevant to the countertop and surfacing industry.

2018-2019 Buyers Guide

Volume: 11 Issue: 3 8.02 MB (PDF) Updated: October 19th, 2018

On the Cover
This high-end 68-ft. luxury yacht uses Meganite’s solid surface in its award-winning Mt. Carrara color throughout its galley and the entire interior of the boat. Information on this material and many of the latest products for the industry can be found in the Product Showcase in this issue beginning on Page 10.

Quarter 2, 2018

Volume: 11 Issue: 2 8.14 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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This Diamut CNC Tooling offered by Braxton-Bragg are among the many items featured in the Tooling and Blades Spotlight.
Read more on Page 18.

Quarter 1, 2018

Volume: 11 Issue: 1 7.37 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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“The Point” is the Chancellor’s Residence at N.C. State University in Raleigh, N.C., and was recognized as Room of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders. The main architect was Marvin Malecha, Dean of the N.C. State College of Design; the principal builder was Jon Rufty, of Rufty Homes; the interior designer was Judy Pickett, FASID, principal of Design Lines; and it features Absolute Black Granite fabricated and installed by ROCKin’teriors. Read more about this unique fabricator on Page 32.

Buyers' Guide: 2017-2018

Volume: 10 Issue: 5 9.27 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Buyers Guide. Before you is the culmination of many hours of hunting and gathering information that we feel will be of benefit to those in the surfacing industry.

We put together this reference tool with one goal in mind: to create a guide that will bring together all of the information you need to find suppliers of nearly any product or service you could want for your business.

Quarter 4, 2017

Volume: 10 Issue: 4 7.41 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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This kitchen has more traditional decor, except a modern full waterfall countertop made from Spectrum Quartz in the color of Poise Dark, which uses a proprietary manufacturing process to produce this “grayish” color. Gray is becoming more popular in the kitchen, and you can read more about it on Page 36.

Quarter 3, 2017

Volume: 10 Issue: 3 9.18 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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ISFA is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year of bringing countertop/ surfacing fabricators together for the betterment of the industry. You can read more about ISFA’s history, accomplishments and goals on Page 30.

Quarter 2, 2017

Volume: 10 Issue: 2 7.89 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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This countertop was fabricated by The Pinske Edge from its Rochester, Minn., location from Russett Aggranite Quartz, provided by Midwest Tile, Marble & Granite. The project was in a private residence in Riceville, Iowa, and includes a bullnose edge profile on the countertops and cabinets made by the Amish. Read more about The Pinske Edge on Page 34.

Quarter 1, 2017

Volume: 10 Issue: 1 9.04 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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This countertop was fabricated from MSI’s QTM Premium Natural Quartz in one of the newest colors, Calacatta Verona Quartz. This is just one of the many new colors and materials featured in the spotlight this issue. Read more on Page 24.

Buyers' Guide: 2016-2017

Volume: 9 Issue: 5 9.77 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Buyers Guide. Before you is the culmination of many hours of hunting and gathering information that we feel will be of benefit to those in the surfacing industry.

We put together this reference tool with one goal in mind: to create a guide that will bring together all of the information you need to find suppliers of nearly any product or service you could want for your business.

Quarter 4, 2016

Volume: 9 Issue: 4 10.23 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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This kitchen/countertop at a private residence in the South of England was designed by Don Sharpe at Country Image and fabricated by Interfab from DuPont™ Corian® Deep Black Quartz solid surface. The countertop had to be made in a way that accommodated the double chrome strip assembly and LED lighting. Read more on Page 38.

Quarter 3, 2016

Volume: 9 Issue: 3 10.30 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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This countertop was fabricated from HanStone Quartz surfacing that uses recycled content for a more eco-friendly alternative to quartz surfaces without recycled material. This is just one of many surfaces that are being designed and marketed as more green options. Read more about this and other materials on Page 24.

Quarter 2, 2016

Volume: 9 Issue: 2 9.51 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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This unique reception desk fabricated by ArtCor from various triangles shows how modern modeling technologies can come into play to create unique design potential in solid surface projects. Read the full story on Page 26.

Quarter 1, 2016

Volume: 9 Issue: 1 8.42 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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This photo taken at a show home in Omaha, Neb., depicts a high-end waterfall countertop made from Cosentino’s Dekton compact sintered surface in the Kairos color. Premier Countertops, the fabricator, shares its secrets to success on Page 36.

Quarter 4, 2015

Volume: 8 Issue: 4 9.54 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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This photo (taken by Chuck Choi Architectural Photography) of the solid surface staircase in the atrium of 75 and 125 Binney St., Boston, depicts an amazingly complex project designed by Payette architectural firm in conjunction with fabricator ASST. Read the full story on Page 30.

Quarter 3, 2015

Volume: 8 Issue: 3 8.52 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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This photo of a bead of Seam-It adhesive being applied to a
seam in DuPont Corian™ solid surface is a reminder that adhesives and seaming issues can lead to major fabrication problems.
Read the full story on Page 24.

Quarter 2, 2015

Volume: 8 Issue: 2 10.80 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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This kitchen project, designed in Cosentino’s Dekton product by fabricator Peter Brooks Stone Works in New Jersey, was performed at TV personality designer Anthony Carrino’s private residence. The project not only encompassed his indoor kitchen but flowed out onto a rooftop patio where the material was used as decking and for an outdoor kitchen. Read the full story on Page 18.

Quarter 1, 2015

Volume: 8 Issue: 1 5.82 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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This photo, courtesy of Cosentino, depicts the Aura color of the company’s Dekton product, which has a pattern that repeats to allow for bookmatching applications. This and many new colors and materials of all varieties can be found in the annual spotlight. Read the full story on Page 20.

Buyers' Guide: 2015

Volume: 7 Issue: 5 9.28 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

Welcome to the 2015 Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Buyers Guide. Before you is the culmination of many hours of hunting and gathering information that we feel will be of benefit to those in the surfacing industry.

We put together this reference tool with one goal in mind: to create a guide that will bring together all of the information you need to find suppliers of nearly any product or service you could want for your business.

Quarter 4, 2014

Volume: 7 Issue: 4 7.67 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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The “Super Black” kitchen made with DuPont™ Corian®, was created for the “Corian® 2.0” exhibition (Milan, April 2014); design Christian Ghion, production Crea Diffusion; photo Leo Torri for DuPont™ Corian®; all rights reserved on design and photo. Read the full story on Page 20.

Quarter 3, 2014

Volume: 7 Issue: 3 6.25 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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This multilevel residential bar was fabricated from translucent natural quartz material by Stonesmith Inc. of Carrollton, Texas, and was backlit using Tylerco Inc.’s SLABlite LED panels. Read the full story on Page 20

Quarter 2, 2014

Volume: 7 Issue: 2 5.99 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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Wave Surfaces’ amazing showroom was designed by Peter Carman of Dakota Design and fabricated from Staron Solid Surface. It goes well beyond the typical showroom, illustrating the possibilities that can be achieved with solid surface. Read the full story on Page 16.

Quarter 1, 2014

Volume: 7 Issue: 1 6.10 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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The new Dekton material from Cosentino (pictured here in the color Danae, which is in Dekton's Natural Collection) is one of many new materials and colors that has come out recently or will be available in the near future. Read the full story on Page 14.

Buyers' Guide: 2014

Volume: 6 Issue: 5 6.01 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

Welcome to the 2014 Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Buyers Guide. Before you is the culmination of many hours of hunting and gathering information that we feel will be of benefit to those in the surfacing industry.

We put together this reference tool with one goal in mind: to create a guide that will bring together all of the information you need to find suppliers of nearly any product or service you could want for your business.

Quarter 4, 2013

Volume: 6 Issue: 4 6.98 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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Accomplished fabrication company Sterling-Miller Designs handled the complex development of this 12-ft.-tall thermoformed Corian kiosk, as well as a 30-ft.-long desk, for a remodel at the prominent lower Manhattan home of JP Morgan Chase and the New York Daily News. The monumental design was created by Studios Architecture NY to contrast the dark brick walls and floor pavers and take advantage of the immense space in the building's lobby area. Read the full story on Page 18.

Quarter 3, 2013

Volume: 6 Issue: 3 7.29 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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Architectural design firm Graven Images working with fabricator MG McGrath handled a complex vertical surfacing project in Krion solid surface at the new Radisson Blue hotel at the Mall of America. Read the full story on Page 18.

Quarter 2, 2013

Volume: 6 Issue: 2 7.05 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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Fabricator R.D. Wing Co., working with several other fabricators, took on a huge solid surface project at the Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland, Ore. Managed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca (ZGF) Architects, the project included the thermoformed bench seating shown here, along with a multitude of other complex fabrications. Read the full story on Page 20.

Quarter 1, 2013

Volume: 6 Issue: 1 11.59 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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Jackie Balint, of The Kitchen Collection, Redondo Beach, Calif.,
won the Silestone Design Contest with this stunning kitchen makeover. The fabricator was Traditional Stone, of Van Nuys, Calif.
Read the full story on Page 34.

Buyers' Guide: 2013

Volume: 5 Issue: 5 7.31 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

Welcome to the 2013 Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Buyers Guide. Before you is the culmination of many hours of hunting and gathering information that we feel will be of benefit to those in the surfacing industry.

We put together this reference tool with one goal in mind: to create a guide that will bring together all of the information you need to find suppliers of nearly any product or service you could want for your business.

Quarter 4, 2012

Volume: 5 Issue: 4 8.32 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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French fabrication company CREA Diffusion took on a huge project at the Palace of Versailles, using 16,000 sq. ft. of DuPont Corian to clad 11 rooms. Read the full story on Page 20.

Quarter 2, 2012

Volume: 5 Issue: 2 5.25 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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This zinc bar from the Red Lion Inn in Sacramento featuring a bull nose edge is part of a trend toward exotic metals in high-end applications. Mio Metals of Sonoma, Calif., is one of a handful of companies on the edge of this trend. Read the full story on Page 14.

Quarter 1, 2012

Volume: 5 Issue: 1 6.43 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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New trends in laminate, such as the amazing new edge profiles seen in this 180fx Formica, continue to develop. Read the full story on Page 22.

Buyers' Guide: 2012

Volume: 4 Issue: 5 6.45 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

Welcome to the 2012 Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Buyers Guide. Before you is the culmination of many hours of hunting and gathering information that we feel will be of benefit to those in the surfacing industry.

We put together this reference tool with one goal in mind: to create a guide that will bring together all of the information you need to find suppliers of nearly any product or service you could want for your business.

Quarter 4, 2011

Volume: 4 Issue: 4 6.97 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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While not the most common stone for surfacing applications, soapstone makes for beautiful and functional countertops, as is witnessed by this photo provided by The Artisan Group. Read the full story on Page 24.

Quarter 3, 2011

Volume: 4 Issue: 3 13.23 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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The winners of the Innovations in Design Competition were announced, and this Art Gallery project fabricated CREA Diffusion, in France, took the top prize. Read the full story on Page 26.

Quarter 2, 2011

Volume: 4 Issue: 2 11.09 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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Minnesota-based Surfaces Group headed up the massive project to surface all of the housing units in the 2010 Winter Olympics Olympic Village. The job required more than 70,000 sq. ft. of quartz surfacing, took more than 18 months and was the largest North American Silestone project in 2009.

Quarter 1, 2011

Volume: 4 Issue: 1 10.73 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects specified LG HI-MACS solid surface for the Ernie Davis Dining Hall at Syracuse University. The project was well suited to thermoforming, and fabricator Sterling Surfaces put its skills to the test.

Buyers' Guide: 2011

Volume: 3 Issue: 5 10.33 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

Welcome to the 2011 Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Buyers Guide. Before you is the culmination of many hours of hunting and gathering information that we feel will be of benefit to those in the surfacing industry.

We put together this reference tool with one goal in mind: to create a guide that will bring together all of the information you need to find suppliers of nearly any product or service you could want for your business.

Quarter 4, 2010

Volume: 3 Issue: 4 11.53 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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Silestone Quartz Surfacing is the material of choice for Toyota Center sports arena in Houston. Page 38.

Quarter 2, 2010

Volume: 3 Issue: 2 8.16 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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Cover photo was taken during the construction of the Abidjan Convention Centre in the Ivory Coast of Africa by CREA Diffusion.

Quarter 1, 2010

Volume: 3 Issue: 1 10.34 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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This cover celebrates the upcoming International Countertop Expo (ICE), which debuts in Las Vegas Feb. 7 with the Big Game Football Party and runs through Feb. 10. More information is available at www. CountertopExpo.org.

Buyers' Guide: 2010

Volume: 2 Issue: 5 10.60 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

Welcome to the 2010 Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Buyers Guide. Before you is the culmination of many hours of hunting and gathering information that we feel will be of benefit to those in the surfacing industry.

We put together this reference tool with one goal in mind: to create a guide that will bring together all of the information you need to find suppliers of nearly any product or service you could want for your business.

Quarter 4, 2009

Volume: 2 Issue: 4 8.24 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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Fabricator Joel Miller, of Sterling-Miller in Brockton, Mass., demonstrates a variety of uses for solid surface, including this modular bookshelf in the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City.

Quarter 3, 2009

Volume: 2 Issue: 3 8.58 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

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meldUSA’s extremeconcrete creates a stunning counter for Vivo, a high-end restaurant located in Raleigh, NC.

Quarter 2, 2009

Volume: 2 Issue: 2 7.59 MB (PDF) Updated: June 21st, 2018

A World of Surfaces