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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PaperStone Gets Benched

PaperStone takes a seat along some of the most revered furniture designs with this stunning bench, designed and assembled by Austin Bryant Moore.  Using durable PaperStone sheets and a CNC router, the company turned Pewter PaperStone into this beautiful work of art.  This is testament to the workability and versatility of this material, which can be used for applications from Lab tops and intricate furniture to cutting boards, kitchen worktops, and tabletops.  For more information on PaperStone and getting samples, please email paperstone@caragreen.com.

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Modern Surfaces Collection Bumps Quartz

Apologies to the hundreds of quartz companies out there peddling Chinese, Indian, and South American quartz, but your days are numbered.  With quartz flooding the market, and fabricators stockpiling containers, private labeling, and bringing in multiple brands without loyalty, the door has opened for alternative materials.  Durat, PaperStone, and IceStone surfaces with recycled content have positioned themselves as the perfect oasis for designers and architects who are drowning in copycat quartz collections. These three brands have partnered to offer durable and beautiful alternatives that have a good backstory as well as a refined palette to make surfacing decisions easy and respectable.  For more information on the collection, or to follow their journey as they roll out the collection, email info@modern-surfaces.com or follow us on instagram @modernsurfaces.

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Lapitec - The Highest Performance Surface

If you are specifying quartz instead of sintered stone, you are missing the boat.  Sintered surfaces have rapidly begun to penetrate the European market, as they are far superior in performance and aesthetic.  This is the next generation of man-made stone.  Lapitec is engineered to outperform everything and in nearly every way.  Lapitec is at the forefront of the charge with its through body color and patterning, three different thicknesses, and seven textures.  Outdoor kitchens and clean, modern interior spaces are an ideal market for Lapitec. Suitable for counters, walls, and floors, Lapitec is the solution for the timeless surface designers have been seeking.  If you do not have this in your library or your shop, you need to get in the game.  Email lapitec@caragreen.com to get samples or certification training.

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January Vignette - Fresh Start

From Back to Front:

IceStone - Sapphire Snow 
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Transparent Plywood,White 9003
Kirei - EchoPanel, Striae, 448 
Kirei - EchoPanel, Hex, 444
Durat - Custom color 
Bark House - White Birch Laminate

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CaraGreen in 2017

As we kick off 2017, we want to reiterate what CaraGreen does for our customers.  We go beyond providing materials, we are educators on materials and sustainability.  We are a resource for designers and architects to explore options that are alternatives to traditional building materials like granite and quartz.  We bring together brands that are responsible and at the forefront of design.  We offer educational courses on the latest trends in new and healthy building materials as well as provide a resource library for the design community.

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After the Fact - Kirei EchoPanel

Nothing is worse than a business meeting at the trendy new restaurant downtown, only to find out that you can’t hear your customer because the acoustics are so bad.  Sure, we love the industrial look with exposed ceilings and metal and concrete, but it makes it really hard to hear and can be unpleasant.  Even an office environment with an open floor plan is great until it isn’t because the chatter around the coffee pot is sending your brain into a tailspin because you have a deadline tomorrow.

Enter EchoPanel. More cost effective than its felt competitors, rigid, and easy to install after the fact, EchoPanel should be the defacto go-to material for designers and owners who have an acoustic problem that they realize after the fact.  EchoPanel is available in sheets, baffles, tiles, and full systems- enabling a seamless installation without compromising the current design.  Stylish and sleek, EchoPanel options should be in every designer’s toolkit for a quick acoustic solution. For more information email echopanel@caragreen.com.

 

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