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

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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 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 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


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KBIS 2017 Recap

Our bright and sunny Modern Surfaces booth was definitely an oasis in a sea of neutrals and Quartz. We could feel that our message was resonating and having the three brands – Durat, IceStone and PaperStone - under one roof made a tangible difference in how all the products were perceived. 

Cheers to keeping the momentum going and continuing to #createbetter. For more information on Modern Surfaces and alternatives to stone and granite, come visit us at

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Create Better - Cocktails!

February 3 is First Friday in Raleigh and we invite our local design and construction partners to come by and help us further our mission to create better at our Open House from 6:00-9:30pm. Join us for an interactive dessert and champagne cocktails! Please email for more information or just stop by on February 3.

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December Vignette - Green in 2017

Clockwise From Bottom Left:

Koskisen - KoskiDecor Transparent Plywood, Green 6029
Kirei - EchoPanel, Hexagon Geo Tile, 362
Torzo - Striata Fusion, Turquoise
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Transparent Plywood, Green 6025
Kirei - EchoPanel, 381
reSAWN Timber - Shou Sugi Ban, Yasai
Durat - 800 & 810
Kirei - EchoPanel, Hex 111

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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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