What’s New

Durat - residential sinks - we are introducing 9” deep fully integrated Durat sinks to our collection for Farmhouse styles and kitchen applications, available in 70 vibrant colors.

PaperStone -  new colors Azure and Charcoal, as well as exterior cladding and CharredStone. For samples of any, please email paperstone@caragreen.com.

reSAWN Timber co. - a revamped website, Charred Accoya and Red Cedar Shou Sugi Ban help keep the portfolio fresh and modern at reSAWN. For samples email resawn@caragreen.com.

Wonderwall Studios - Jazz, Taxi, and other new finishes have been added to the reclaimed wall cladding collection. Please email info@caragreen.com for more information.

More new product announcements to come in our next newsletter.  As always, please stop by the showroom to touch and feel the materials and get inspired.

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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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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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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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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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Create Better….........Guitars

Did you know PaperStone is used to make guitar parts?  The durable material is ideal to create “jigs” which are used to machine guitar parts.  The durability of PaperStone coupled with the ability to easily machine it, makes it a great option for guitar makers like Sylvan Wells of Wells Guitars, who has been using PaperStone for years to help make guitars.  Sylvan says, “The workability and stability of PaperStone and the ready availability through CaraGreen make it the perfect option for Wells Guitars as we continue to create better and more innovative guitar designs.”

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Want to See NEW Surfacing Material in 2017?

Stop by our booth, #S5878, at KBIS and check out our suite of new, unique, modern surfaces that are tailored for the architect and design community to help them Create Better.

Create Better designs.  Create Better spaces. Create Better projects. Come see how we have taken sustainability and beauty and melded them together across economical, creative surfacing options to help you take your designs to the next level. We have products that pop with color, have outstanding durability, and have compelling backstories that will motivate any designer to incorporate them into their next project to truly make a statement.

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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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Create Better


      *Visit us at GreenBuild in LA at booth #2711, October 5-6

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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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Three of a Kind

Durat continues to expand its reach into New York and New England with a new distribution partner, IceStone. Complementing its other modern surfaces, Durat solid surface brings an attractive aesthetic unmatched by virtually every other solid surface. Along with PaperStone phenolic composite and its signature IceStone concrete and glass, Durat is NSF certified, has high recycled content and is an essential tool in every design library. For more information on Durat, please contact jessica@duratusa.com.

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April Vignette - Brunette

From left to right:
reSawn Timber, Shou Sugi Ban, Tora
Merge Design, Iced Mocha
Durat, 160
PaperStone, Chocolate
Bark House, White Pine
Wonderwall Studios, Springs

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February Vignette - Livin’ in the City

Our whole suite of Modern Surfaces:

Durat
IceStone
Kirei
Merge Design
PaperStone
ReSawn Timber
Torzo

Come Visit!

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Spotlight on PaperStone

We recently completed a Spotlight Solar project using PaperStone, the incredibly durable, sustainable composite, to build an outdoor solar charging station at NC State campus.  The station consists of two modern curve shaped pieces of PaperStone below a top-mounted solar panel that powers the outlets and ports where students can dock their devices and work on the PaperStone surface.  If successful, the program will undergo a national rollout.

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January Vignette - Lose Your Marble

From top to bottom:

Durat, 540
Durat, 100
IceStone, White Pearl
IceStone, Alpine White
PaperStone, Pewter
Durat, 030
Durat, 730
PaperStone marble

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December Vignette - Happy Holidays!

Tree: Kirei, EchoPanel, Geometry Tiles, Delta, #362

Star: IceStone, Tuscan Sunset

Ornaments: Durat, #230, #450, #470, #750, #090, #370, #012, #150, #480, #080

Trunk: ReSawn Timber, Shou Sugi Ban, Tora (cypress)

Tree Stand: PaperStone, Evergreen

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A Note of Thanks

Thanks to all of our partners and suppliers that worked to make GreenBuild a success.  It was as much fun as it was work, maybe a little heavy on the fun.  But we loved working with the great network of partners that is making Modern Surfaces come to life.  There are options after granite and quartz, and we are bringing them to you at the right time, the right price and to the right, leading edge design group that wants to get out from under the heavy thumb of the mining industry.  PEACE OF MIND not PIECE OF MINED, we say!

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There is Life After Granite

Thanks to all who attended our Modern Surfaces webinar on October 8th.  We received great feedback and agreement on the evolution of the surfacing market and the increasing adoption of sustainable materials by the current design contingent (and the waning desire for stone).  Good news for PaperStone, Merge, IceStone and Durat.  To schedule an in person presentation or webinar, please call 919-929-3009. 

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No Junk in Your GreenBuild Trunk

When is a countertop not a countertop?  When it's wearable art.
 
Bucking the trend of logoed pens and water bottles, we have commissioned three renowned artists to create amazing jewelry pieces from our modern surface materials.  Want a chance to win one?  Stop by the "modern surfaces" booth - 4128 - at GreenBuild. 
Email jessica@caragreen.com if you want a scheduled time.

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September Vignette - Fall Fantasy

We are getting our game on this September by recruiting the best lineup of our vibrant autumn colors for this month's vignette.

From bottom to top

Barkhouse, Sanded Poplar, White Birch
IceStone, Amber Pearl
Durat, 110, 450, 480
PaperStone, Cabernet

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Dolling Up Durham

PaperStone CoverPly and Kirei Echopanel were great additions at American Underground in Durham.  Unlike the solid PaperStone, CoverPly uses recycled paper for the surface only.  The durable exterior of CoverPly with its layered birch interior enabled a cost-effective, attractive surface.  EchoPanel was a great choice to add acoustic control to the open ceiling.  With their extensive selection of systems, high recycled content and a myriad of colors and shapes, EchoPanel is an easy acoustic solution that designers can use to create and complement new or existing spaces.   {Information: info@caragreen.com}

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July Vignette - Rolling Stones

From bottom to top:
Durat - #110
EcoFusion - Color Fusion Strand Woven Bamboo, Morning Mist
PaperStone - Graphite
PaperStone - Cabernet & Slate (the stones)
IceStone - Amber Pearl
Torzo - Tiikeri, Natural
Durat - #441, #450, & #260


 

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Don’t Go Topless

We now offer a full line of tables and sinks – made in the US.  Whether you are looking for integrated Durat sinks, wall mounted or stand-alone wash basins – we’ve got it.  A selection of Durat sinks is available for your next design in a broad range of neutrals and vibrant colors. See more about Durat sinks here.   
 
In addition, we have formally rolled out our tabletop line – select from a variety of sizes for cocktail, end tables, dining or conference tables in our concrete, composite and solid surface materials.   The options are many and the products are stunning.  We have a standard offering as well as a designer collection.  See more about our tabletop line here.  For more information on either of these product lines email info@caragreen.com.

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Summer Vignette - Fireworks and FIFA

Let's hope Team USA's ladies can kick soccer's reputation up a notch with a win this Independence Day Weekend.


From bottom to top:
Bark House, Standard Poplar
PaperStone, Graphite
IceStone, Cobalt Ice and Sapphire Snow
Durat, 100, 080, 450 and 012 (the ring)

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Learn Something Interesting

Tired of the overly-technical, uninteresting product pitches thinly masked as a continuing education course?

Then check out our latest education course for one learning unit (1 hr) of AIA HSW credit – Turning Paper into Stone –  which takes us on a journey of taking the paper we dispose of every day and turning it into a surface with unmatched durability and a warmth unachievable with natural stone. Good for your minds and good for the environment, don’t miss the chance to learn more about the amazing transformation of paper to stone.  – paperstone@caragreen.com.

With this latest offering, CaraGreen is now able to offer up to five hours of credit across our presentations. Email kim@caragreen.com with questions about our suite of courses.

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Beyond the Surface: Our latest course on what is next for sustainable products

CaraGreen has launched its latest Continuing Education course, Beyond the Surface: a look at modern surfacing options in 2015 and beyond. The course looks at trends in surfacing and provides the design community with options and alternatives to traditional materials.   For architects and designers looking for that new material that makes a statement, this is the course for you.  The course is eligible for one AIA HSW LU.  Please contact us to schedule a time at: kim@caragreen.com.

beyond_the_surface

 

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Can you handle one more Shade of Grey?

Of course you can.  PaperStone’s new Graphite tone fits beautifully between the subtle Pewter and dashingly dark Slate that PaperStone currently offers.  This new color is targeted at modern commercial surfacing applications as well as serving the savvy homeowner who wants something that looks and performs like stone, but has a warmer feel and better environmental story.  

The material is available in a variety of thicknesses up to 1-1/4” and can be used for horizontal or vertical applications.  If you have not tried this durable product – here is your excuse – email for samples or a product demo – paperstone@caragreen.com.

paperstone_graphite

 

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Book an Event with CaraGreen

It is not easy to remember everything that CaraGreen carries, so we offer refreshers in the following formats, schedule yours today (kim@caragreen.com):

-  Product showcase at your location
-  Hosted visit at our showroom
-  Webex event
-  AIA CE course, GBCI CE course (call for options)

As a quick refresher, our lines extend from the floor to the ceiling – the whole sustainable interior envelope – and include:

SURFACING

-  PaperStone
-  Merge Design
-  IceStone
-  Durat
-  TorZo

FLOORING

-  ECOfusion flooring
-  BABA flooring
-  Plyboo flooring

WALLS

-  Kirei EchoPanel
-  BarkHouse
-  Kirei board
-  Plyboo plywood
-  UltraTouch insulation
-  TorZo surfaces

Caragreen Swatches

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Deck The Halls!

Too early?  Not for PaperStone’s new textured panels:  DiaDeck and DiaScreen.  A new take on the popular surfacing material adds a pattern to the surface, on one side or both, that allows it to be used for decorative vertical or horizontal surfaces.   The criss-cross pattern also allows skid resistance for stair treads and flooring as well.   Samples are available now, and all colors are available in DiaDeck and DiaScreen options. Fa la la la la la la la la!

Diadeck & Diascreen

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Madonna Was Wrong!!

It sure didn't feel like we were living in a material world at GreenBuild last week.  The show standouts for materials were PaperStone, IceStone, and Kirei who were showing what is in vogue for sustainable finishes.  Cosentino was there with their Dekton and ECO lines, and there were a few other regional players, but overall the interior finishes were underrepresented.

But, what an opportunity to shine!  The architects and designers were clamoring to see the new textured finishes from PaperStone and some of their new "beta" colors as they test the market appetite for their new palette.   IceStone displayed their new two-toned Gotham Grey - which was emphatically received by the "who's who" of the architecture world.  Kirei had a stunning display of EchoPanel in its vibrant colors and shapes on display. We are very excited to roll these out to our customer base over the next few months.  And don't worry Madonna - we are still crazy for you too.

Greenbuild 2014

 

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August Vignette - Back to School

From bottom to top:
Durat, Recycled Solid Surface #090 & #054
Plyboo, Reveal Panel C11
PaperStone, Panel in Evergreen
IceStone, Recycled glass countertop in Cobalt Ice

Back to School

 

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July Vignette - Summer Thunderstorm

From bottom to top:
PaperStone, countertop/panel in Denim
Kirei, EchoPanel Frequency #544
ECOFusion, Morning Mist, ColorFusion flooring
IceStone, Recycled glass countertop in Fogbound

summer_thunderstorm

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June Vignette - Let’s Go To The Beach!

From bottom to top:
Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #090
Oceanside, Recycled glass tile in Tide Non-Iridescent
Paperstone, Compressed paper panel in Denim
Icestone, Concrete and recycled glass countertop in Denim Moss
ECOfusion, Vertical grain bamboo veneer in Natural

June Vignette

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May Vignette - Lush Greens and Sunny Skies

From bottom to top:
Oceanside, Hexagon tile in Olive Non-Iridescent
Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #110
TorZo, Orient panel in Natural
Paperstone, panel in Evergreen
Icestone, Recycled glass countertop in Forest Fern

May Vignette

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Spring Cleaning

The focus of the design community on mitigating waste has resulted in interest in less “sample heavy” design libraries.  We hear you!  We have color cards that capture the aesthetics and color palette for most of our products and offer these in lieu of bulky sample boxes when requested.  A library “refresh” is more of a “clean out” for a lot of firms, as materials change.  If you would like any color cards for Durat, Meld, BarkHouse, PaperStone, EcoFusion, or TorZo, please let us know and we can drop them off or email them to your firm.

Please email info@caragreen.com or call 919.929.3009 with any requests.

Color Cards

 

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CoverPly from PaperStone

CoverPly is a lightweight, durable version of PaperStone that is more cost-effective, while retaining the texture and sustainability you are used to in standard PaperStone products.  CoverPly is comprised of plywood sandwiched between two layers of PaperStone’s paper and proprietary PetroFree™ resins to create the same look and feel as PaperStone, with a layered edging profile..  The CoverPly sheets are available in most standard colors and can be used for bathroom partitions, table tops and most surfacing applications.  Please email barbara@caragreen.com with any questions.

Cover Ply

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March Vignette - Dreaming of Spring

From bottom to top:
Durat Recycled Solid Surface, 054
Bark House, Poplar Panel
PaperStone, Pewter
Bark House, Twig
Durat Recycled Solid Surface, 800

Dreaming of Spring

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Back and Better than Ever

CaraGreen is pleased to announce its partnership with PaperStone, a leader in sustainable surfacing; whose beautiful panels are perfect options for countertops, partitions and dividers.  With aggressive new pricing and color options, CaraGreen and PaperStone are able to offer economical and beautiful options for creative, innovative designs and projects.  

PaperStone® is a sustainable composite material made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper, and PetroFree™ phenolic resins and natural pigments. As PaperStone ages, it will assume a pleasing, lustrous, seasoned appearance that is an inherent characteristic of the material. This is a natural progression of a natural product, resulting in a beautifully soft, rich patina. The aging process takes time and, much like fine hardwood, a deep luster will develop in areas of heavier use. 

For samples, binders or literature, and the latest pricing please email info@caragreen.com or call 919.929.3009.

For more information on PaperStone, please visit our website here.

PaperStone Colors

 

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