December Vignette - Santa Goes Green

From Top to Bottom:

Durat - 730
PaperStone - Graphite
IceStone - Sapphire Snow

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Best in Show - PaperStone

Are you a dog person?

A little can go a long way when it comes to supporting innovators in the industry. PaperStone is a great material for any innovative design that needs a balance between ease of use, beauty and durability. Often looked over because of the word “paper,” the reality is that PaperStone performs like stone and is a strong as steel. It is paper transformed into stone. Just ask D2 Architecture, who used PaperStone in their creation at Bark n Build in Dallas, TX, where they won Best in Show for their stunning dog house, which was tailored to the needs of the aging canine. Their submission was true Barkitecture at work.


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Best in Class - reSAWN Timber

reSAWN Timber was one of the first to come to market with its Charred Collection of Shou Sugi Ban Woods. Using Cypress, they launched a full line of colorful charred wood; an aesthetic designers were clamoring for and excited about. They then launched a line of Western Red Cedar for the west coast market, and then added the even more durable Accoya and Kebony charred lines. Never ones to sit and wait for the next innovation, reSAWN innovates constantly, improving and excelling in their market. Widely known as the best in Charred Timber, reSAWN leads the pack with its technology and color offerings. To get samples of their Charred Collection, please call 919.929.3009 or email

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Best in Balance - Kirei EchoPanel

Leave it to Kirei to strike the perfect balance between beauty and sound control with its new Balance Tiles, the super-easy, peel and stick solution for controlling acoustics. Nearly an inch thick with a sharp beveled edge to create depth in a space, these tiles come in three different sizes which can be combined to create unique designs that also serve to dampen sound. Acoustics is the hot topic as we move into 2018, and innovative products like EchoPanel continue to adapt and add new formats, colors and patterns to keep designers excited and on top of the latest trends. For more information on the Balance Tiles, email

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November Vignette - Thankful for Sustainability

From Back to Front:

Bark House - White Pine
Lapitec - Vesuvio, Sahara
Kirei - Coco Tiles, Sumatra Collection, Sipora
Plyboo - Linear Sound, LS16, Amber
PaperStone - Leather
IceStone - Forest Fern

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We were so excited to head to GreenBuild and see what Boston had in store. Familiar faces and some new innovations were present, most notably the presence of “biophilia” and “Biophilic design.”

While Green and Build may have some word fatigue, Biophilic Design is THE hot topic for building materials Emanating nature in a space, lots of literal green instead of just the word are really trending in materials.

Texture is also the feel good feature of many building products. The hands on aesthetic is really taking off in building materials.

Acoustics is also making itself heard, with a big focus on human comfort. Sorry, Loud Diedre in Cube 6, we are tuning you out with some sound control.

For more of our exciting GreenBuild finds, check out our Instagram feed @caragreenproducts

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Don’t Bully Us

As a distributor, we get pushed around a lot. We don’t have the right inventory, we don’t have the right lead times, we didn’t get it to you fast enough. Despite our best efforts to communicate, it is often a blame game and we get stuck in the middle. We try our best to give our customers the best experience and go above and beyond in customer service. But we don’t believe in getting bullied. A trusted friend once told us that “you are a great company, you are trailblazers, you get specifications from architects and we will always honor those. Do not get bullied by people that threaten to switch a spec on you. They are not your partner.” He was right. So, in honor of that, and our general belief in doing good, we had two “Buddy Benches” constructed with our manufacturing facility in Atlanta to combat bullying at a local school. These benches are a safe place for children to go when they feel threatened or want someone to come play with them, and serve as a signal to other children that someone needs a friend. Take that.

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Ruffing It

Domestic squabble? You would not mind spending the night in this dog house! Designed by D2 Architecture in Houston, TX using PaperStone leather, this Palatial Pup Palace is a Geriatric German Shepard’s dream. Specifically designed for the Bark n Build contest, D2 created this aging-canine focused structure out of PaperStone spines and a stretch tension fabric. Easy-access features like a dog-ramp and easily accessible food and water make this entry a definite contender for top prize. We were excited to provide materials to D2 and hope PaperStone gives them a leg up on the competition.

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October Vignette - The Mod Vampire

From Back to Front:

PaperStone - CharredStone
Kirei - EchoPanel Mura Fabric, Volt 404
Bark House - Sanded Poplar, Red Finish
Lapitec - Lithos, Arabescato Perla
Torzo - Hemp, Onyx

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Let’s Talk About Ex

Exteriors that is. At CaraGreen, we have typically curated materials that are suited for indoor use, but with the innovative companies with whom we partner, these beautiful materials are making their way outdoors as well. Check out these materials for commercial and residential use outdoors:

  • reSAWN Charred and reclaimed cladding - cypress, cedar, Accoya and Kebony woods for use as beautiful, unique siding or cladding
  • Lapitec sintered stone- the next big thing - this will replace granite and quartz as the defacto exterior material with unmatched performance, and 8 textures, making it suitable for any application, flooring on up
  • PaperStone Cladding - organic and warm to the touch, PaperStone Cladding is available in a matte finish or wood grain and is an economical, environmental alternative to stone veneers

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