2020 marks the 40th anniversary of arguably one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time: Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. Homages range from the small and subtle to the outrageous. For one homeowner in Sacramento, CA, a private display of respect to his favorite series in a themed home office is just what the Jedi ordered.
Optimizing on its location, the homeowners of an Austin, TX, residence chose regional limestone for the residential design – tying it to the hilly countryside and harmonizing with its natural surroundings
What better setting for a home furnished lavishly in natural stone than one that sits in the hillside among numerous trees and other lush landscape? According to the designer, her clients sought to take advantage of the property’s natural habitat, and locally quarried limestone for the residence’s exterior, as well as various interior applications.
About 10 years ago, former Stone World editor, Michael Reis, traveled to Carson City, NV, to visit James Donaire of Perfection Connection Marble & Granite, Inc. At that time, Donaire faced a lot of competition in the market, as he specialized primarily in middle- to high-end residential fabrication, with a very small focus on the commercial market.
Is quartz still rising in popularity? Are miters still a favorite? Is natural stone being used anywhere else but countertops? Over the years, trends seemed to be somewhat stagnate. But some new design trends are becoming apparent.
The inside and out of a villa nestled in a small Sicilian town features a creative display of Margraf marble
December 1, 2019
Located in Marsala in the Province of Trapani, Italy, architects Piero Laudicina and Maurizio Giammarino selected Margraf marble for the interior and exterior design throughout the private villa. The material was employed in a way that brings a unique aesthetic to the palatial residence.
While fabricators might see a light blue or a random project that uses different colors, generally what they are receiving requests for are materials with shades of white and gray for kitchen countertops.
With dramatic views of the Texas Hill Country as a backdrop, the design of a new private residence set on a 10-acre site in the Cordillera Ranch subdivision in Boerne TX, was influenced by its natural setting from the initial planning phase.
In creating a sustainable and chic apartment complex in Gurugram, Haryanaa, India, the design team at Design Forum International chose a palette of regional stone for the interior and exterior of the building, as well as its surrounding landscape
For Greenburg, a posh apartment complex set on one of India's lush golf courses in Gurugram, Haryanaa, sustainability and affordability were at the heart of the design. Local stone was preferred for the building's exterior satisfying aesthetic, as well as performance requirements.