In the 10 years that we have been publishing Contemporary Stone & Tile Design, we have seen countless trends in the field. However, when you look at design as a whole, these â€œtrendsâ€ actually fall into two different classifications - those taking place in terms of materials and those that relate to the final application.
Shortly after joining Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects in 1983, Rayford Law found himself working on a project of vast proportions, the Hynes Convention Center in the historic Back Bay section of Boston, MA. The project, which featured extensive use of stone on the exterior and interior, was a large-scale introduction to the stone industry, and virtually all of his work over the past two decades has included stone in one form or another.
As usual, manufacturers of tile and stone have been hard at work to bring new products to the market that they believe will generate interest in the architectural and design community. This was evident when visiting some of the largest tile and stone exhibitions that have already taken place this year. Manufacturers are investing time and money to research and develop high-end product lines that are fresh and unique, and it is up to architects and designers to take this inspiration and utilize these collections to create innovative and unique designs for both residential and commercial spaces.
Architects and designers are noticing a common trend in high-end residences - clients are moving stone and tile out of bathrooms and kitchens, and onto walls and other feature areas to serve as artwork
As an architect and sculptor, Darrell Petit's search for natural stone has literally taken him around the world, including stops in Europe, Asia, India and Egypt, among other locales. These travels have not only been sourcing trips, however, as Petit has taken up residence near the quarries in Larvik, Norway, as well as in Stony Creek, CT, where he still lives today. With a first-hand understanding of the stone formation process as well as quarrying techniques, Petit's work portrays natural stone in its purest form, and his projects can be found around the world.