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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GreenBuild

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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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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Rethink Pollution - Watch How a Building Can Purify Air

As our cities expand up and out, the built environment needs to adapt to reduce pollution instead of cause it. Buildings that clean the air are a real thing and Lapitec is at the forefront of the technology making it happen.

Lapitec’s engineered slabs are sintered, making them UV, scratch and stain resistant, and suitable for interior and exterior uses. The 1cm material in supersize slabs are ideal for exterior cladding applications and flooring. The 2 and 3cm slabs are great for countertops. Best of all, the materials are self cleaning.  Sound impossible?  

Check out this video to see how: Lapitec Buildings Purify the Air

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This Surface Reduces Pollution Inside and Out

The epitome of surfacing materials has arrived.  A material that can be used indoor and out as a countertop, flooring, on walls or as external cladding. While the applications are unlimited, the performance is even more jaw-dropping. Lapitec sintered stone surfaces clean the air. That is right, they remove pollutants from indoor and outdoor air. One of the most common outdoor and indoor pollutants, NOx, (pronounced “knocks”) is a family of pollutants that includes Nitric oxide (NO) and Nitrogen dioxide (NO2). These are gases known to form acid rain and smog, and are also responsible for the existence of particulate matter (PM) which are an indicator of air toxicity. Lapitec surfaces incorporate Bio-Care technology into the slabs of material which removes the NOx from the air. Photocatalysis, which is the reaction of light and a catalyst (TiO2), helps spur the reaction in an exterior environment and breaks the pollutant down. Titanium Dioxide has been studied extensively for this purpose and Lapitec has used that technology to make an amazing, nearly indestructible surface, even better. The next level of sustainability has been achieved.

For more information on the self-cleaning properties of Lapitec, or for a lunch and learn on the material, email lapitec@caragreen.com.

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Can You Feel Me?

Textures are in. Surfaces that make you want to touch them and offer a finish that is not simply polished, like most natural stone and granite, are the holy grail in the design space right now. Being able to design around something that is not glaring and reflecting light all over the place offers designers a way to showcase all of the elements of a space and not have to navigate around a surface that is serving as a disco ball.

PaperStone has always had a matte finish, organic look, and wears in without wearing out. It can be left as is, with a raw, warm feel, or polished up to a slight gloss.

Lapitec offers eight finishes, from the smooth Lux, to the slightly subtle Satin, a rough, lava stone like Vesuvio and all the textures in between.  A natural anti-slip flooring, or gentle, run-your-hand-along me wall or countertop, Lapitec can wrap the interior or exterior of a building with its suite of textures, and unmatched UV stain and scratch resistance.

To experience these alternatives to the glaring surface we have become so used to, email us at info@caragreen.com to stop by or have samples sent your way.

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June Vignette - Summertime

From Back to Front:

Durat - 310
IceStone - Forest Fern
Kirei - Coco Tiles, Java Collection, Losari Leather
Kirei - Coco Tiles, Sumatra Collection, Gido
Lapitec - Lux, Arabescato Michelangelo

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May Vignette - May Flowers

From Back to Front:

Lapitec - Satin, Arabescato Michelangelo
Durat - 030, 280, 750
Wonderwall Studios - Jazz

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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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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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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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November Vignette - CaraGreen Spiced Chai

From Back to Front:

Wonderwall Studios - Sand
TorZo - Tiikeri, Dusk
reSAWN Timber - Shou Sugi Ban, Kurumi
PaperStone - Cabernet
Lapitec - Lux, Bianco Crema
Gator Skins - Green

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What is Sintered Stone?

We know it is the highest performing surfacing product, performs better than any other material, can be used indoors and out, but what exactly is sintered stone?  Book our latest CE presentation on Sintered Stone for AIA credit and find out about this next generation product that addresses all the concerns with stone and quartz, and is a sleek design material – designed FOR designers.  Please book by emailing: kim@caragreen.com 

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Leading The Way In Memphis

Leave it to the progressive folks at Countertops of Memphis to be a forerunner in becoming certified in Lapitec.  They attended and executed the one day training and are ready to start taking jobs for Lapitec.  We are responsible for getting the word out and bringing them business for outdoor kitchens and modern interior flooring, walls and countertops.  One of the few shops that believes in social media, this team is ready to be at the forefront and not afraid to take the leap into new products that will drive and secure their future business.  We look forward to sending a lot of Lapitec business their way.

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August Vignette - Dreaming of Cooler Weather

From Back to Front:

Kirei - Coco Tiles, Java Collection, Yogya White
Wonderwall - Sand
PaperStone - Pewter
IceStone - Denim Moss
Lapitec - Vesuvio, Bianco Polare
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, Blue RAL 5024
Durat - 230

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Keep Your Guard Up

Lapitec continues to back up its claims of being the best new sintered stone on the market. Recently achieving GreenGuard certification, Lapitec continues to outpace competitors with its constant achievements in the sintered stone space. Perfect for outdoor kitchens, countertops, flooring, wall and exterior cladding, Lapitec is available in 1.2cm, 2cm, and 3cm thicknesses. Unlike other sintered stones, Lapitec is through body, so the color and patterning are consistent throughout the slabs. Other sintered stones are simply printed on top, making edging difficult. For samples or to become certified please email brenna@caragreen.com.

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July Vignette - Summer Blues

From Back to Front:

Torzo - Blue Stain Pine
Kirei - Coco Tiles, Java Collection, Yogya White
Kirei - EchoPanel, Trapeze 443
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, Blue RAL 5024
Lapitec - Vesuvio, Bianco Polare
IceStone - Denim Moss

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Upgrade Your Library

Lapitec samples have arrived.  A must have for a design library and a necessity for a fabricator showroom, don’t miss your chance to add this leading edge product to your offering.  You must be a certified fabricator to work with Lapitec, and CaraGreen is working to fulfill all of your library requests so you can start working with what is truly the best performing material on the market.  To request your binder, please contact brenna@caragreen.com.

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Keeping You in the Know - Lapitec

Please join us for a webinar to break down the latest and greatest in surfacing – Sintered Stone.  On August 3 at 2pm we will be sharing all of the amazing features and traits of Lapitec, the newest product to hit the surfacing market.  Unlike quartz, Lapitec contains no petroleum-based resins, resulting in a product suitable for interior and exterior use…. The solution for outdoor kitchens has finally arrived.  Available in seven textures and three thicknesses, the applications are endless.  Join us to get up to speed on this versatile, cutting edge material. To register for "Intro to Lapitec" please click here.  Please email brenna@caragreen.com for more information.

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The Highest Performance Surface is Here - You need to know about this

The next generation of surfacing is finally here.  Lapitec sintered stone is stain and scratch resistant, acid and alkali resistant.  Unlike granite and Quartz which are mined from stone quarries as large blocks and cut into slabs, Lapitec is formed under high heat using no resins and has a very low silica content compared to stone-based products. Lapitec is available in 3cm, 2cm and 1.2cm thicknesses and 7 different finishes, ranging from high gloss Lux to more textured Fossil and Vesuvio.   Lapitec XXL Slabs are 132” x 59” and suitable for outdoor use, flooring and exterior cladding, as well as countertop applications.  Unlike other sintered stone, Lapitec is through body color and veining, meaning the color and patterning goes all the way through the slab.  Other sintered stone products are printed on top and edging becomes difficult.

CaraGreen is currently accepting applicants who want to join the certified fabricator network.  If you are interested in becoming Lapitec certified, please email brenna@caragreen.com.  If you are interested in getting Lapitec samples, please email kim@caragreen.com.

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Problem SOLVED

The next new material has finally arrived and it solves nearly all the problems surfacing has experienced over the last century.  Lapitec, a sintered stone, is formed from minerals compressed under high heat into 1, 2 or 3cm slabs.  Unrivaled by any existing material on the market, Lapitec is acid, alkali, heat, frost, abrasion and UV resistant.  It is suitable for interiors and exteriors and is available in seven different finishes.  Superior to quartz, and a more modern aesthetic than many quartz finishes, Lapitec takes engineered stone to the next level of engineering.  Already wildly popular in Europe, Lapitec has officially launched in the US. CaraGreen is proud to be the distributor of this revolutionary new material in the Southeast.

For more information email jessica@caragreen.com.

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