April Vignette - April Showers

From Back to Front:

Lapitec - Fossill, Grigio Cemento
Durat - 150
Kirei - EchoPanel, 542
Bark House - White Birch
Paperstone - Slate (raw edge)

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Countertop Trends You Need to Know About

Quartz is Queen...for the moment.  The days of granite are waning in progressive markets as most stone fabricators are seeing clients replacing granite with quartz or alternative materials.  The time for new, better looking or better performing materials has arrived.  The onslaught of Chinese pre-fab granite and quartz has really flooded the market, and savvy designers are looking for differentiators.  Sintered stones like Lapitec, are taking center stage as the high end “must have” products.  In parallel, modern surfaces, like IceStone, Durat modern solid surface, and PaperStone are offering unique aesthetics that perform as well as their peers.   

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A Look Into Biophilic Design

Bio-what?  This new trend is catching on fast.  The union of great design and healthy spaces is finally taking shape with these new principles of design focused on making sure your tenants, employees and residents are getting the most of the materials and environment surrounding them.  Data finally backs up what we already knew about the built environment – your surroundings dictate your mood, attitude and productivity. More light, better light, more color, brighter color, more greenery and outside views make you feel better and perform better.  We were treated to a tour of the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) building in DC, which really drove home the experience, with integral herb gardens, perspective, privacy and cloud shaped light fixtures rounding out the experience of designing for your team instead of designing for the building.  

To schedule a CEU course contact info@caragreen.com

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What You Should Know About PaperStone

  • One of only a few surfacing products available with a matte finish
  • Very easy to work with, fabricate, and install
  • Manufactured with recycled paper
  • Can be used as exterior cladding
  • Less brittle than stone
  • Can be refinished multiple times
  • Incredibly durable
  • Nearly impervious to water
  • Makes great countertops

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What You Should Know About PaperStone

  • One of only a few surfacing products available with a matte finish
  • Very easy to work with, fabricate, and install
  • Manufactured with recycled paper
  • Can be used as exterior cladding
  • Less brittle than stone
  • Can be refinished multiple times
  • Incredibly durable
  • Nearly impervious to water
  • Makes great countertops

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March Vignette - Squaring Off

From Back to Front:

Kirei - EchoScreen, Off The Grid, 325
Wonderwall Studios - Jungle
IceStone - Cobalt Ice 
PaperStone - Azure
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Transparent Plywood, Blue, 5024
Lapitec - Fossil, Bianco Polare

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PaperStone Joins Our Tex Mix

CaraGreen is pleased to announce that we are now the exclusive distributor for PaperStone in Texas. If you have heard of PaperStone but have never seen samples or had the chance to use it on a project, now is your chance. This material is versatile, durable, and comes in a variety of thicknesses and colors. One of the few surfacing options with a matte finish you can design against, PaperStone is strong and durable, but can be cut and machined with woodworking tools. To get samples or more information on PaperStone, or schedule our CE course on Turning Paper into Stone, please email paperstone@caragreen.com.

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EchoSky Reaches New Heights

Upon relocating into a former dining facility, Belmont Central and Student Organizations were confronted with a problem: how to manage the acoustics of an exposed ceiling in an educational setting. Kirei’s EchoSky acoustic system solved that problem in a visually appealing and highly effective manner, with its long, streamlined ceiling panels. According to Janet Wennerlund of Earl Swensson Associates in Nashville, TN, “We chose to remove the existing ceilings and expose the structure so overhead acoustics needed to be addressed in a non-traditional format. EchoSky provided that acoustic solution. Its low profile was an important characteristic as well given the low heights of the structure and mechanical services. The clean contemporary aesthetic of the system married well with the student-centric vibe of the interior. And the general contractor commented on the ease of assembly and installation. If a GC focuses in on a product in that manner I consider it a win/win.”

Photo credit: Janet Wennerland, Interior Designer at Earl Swensson Associates

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Burning Love

Chattanooga, Tennessee is home to the newly opened Songbirds Guitar Museum. This is the premier collection of vintage guitars in the world, displayed artistically throughout the beautifully designed space. ReSAWN Charred Timber adorns the walls in the Hai finish - the darkest, most charred version of Shou Sugi Ban. The owners and guests of the museum love the dark contrast between the burned timbers and the showpiece guitars, which are complemented by imagery and videos of musicians, their guitars and their incredible backstories. It is a unique experience to see these symbols of musical history and this leading edge design material alongside one another. For more information on reSAWN Timber, email resawn@caragreen.com.

Photo credit: Songbirds Guitar Museum

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February Vignette - Feeling the Love

Background:
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Transparent Plywood, Red 4002 (left)
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Transparent Plywood, Red 3020 (right)

Heart, Clockwise Starting at the Bottom:
Durat - 450 
Durat - 150
Kirei - EchoPanel, 576 
IceStone - Morrocan Red 
reSAWN Timber - Shou Sugi Ban, Charred Cladding, Pinku
Kirei - EchoPanel, 258 

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