March Vignette - Luck of The Irish

Clockwise, starting from from the upper left:
Kirei - EchoPanel, 579
reSAWN Timber - Shou Sugi Ban, Yasai
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, Green 6025
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, Green 6029
PaperStone - Cladding, Sandstone
Durat - 810
Durat - 800
Kirei - Mura Fabric, Maze 381
IceStone - Forest Fern

Background:
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, Green 6029

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Competition

Everybody likes a little competition. OK, a lot of competition. While NCAA playoffs descend upon us, we thought we would reflect on our own approach to competition. There is usually no benefit to one player in a product category, it makes that category suspect and invalidated. It is like having that one guy on the team who hogs the ball. It is hard to win that way. Having other companies that share the product category with you is important.  

Take sintered stone. Lapitec is one brand. Dekton and Neolith are the two others. (We are not getting into all the me-too porcelains, they are not sintered stone). Without the other two, there is not a product category. They validate the category and should all grow together. PaperStone is another brand. It’s primary competitor is Richlite. Good, they validate the composite category, despite being competitors. It is pretty simple. You should welcome competition but know how to differentiate at the same time.

Now, when it comes to the NCAA, we don’t have any advice there. We would have a Devil of a time telling you who may win and who may Pack it in. There is no need to be Cavalier about it if you win or go wallow in your Boilermaker if you lose. Good luck with your picks and best of luck from the Tarheel State.

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Our Boldest and Brightest Meet Your Boldest and Brightest

We were so excited to do a photo shoot at Marble Children’s Museum in Downtown Raleigh and see all the vibrant installations of Durat solid surface. Chosen for its sleek, bright colors (think jammy purples, confetti whites and electric greens), Durat was a must-have for the designers when they were looking for a solid surface that would match the energy and excitement of the clientele.  

Used in the “Seedlings” section, Durat color 810 is a bright green to match the plants and trees that the children engage with as they explore and grow with their own creations.   
 
Durat 750 is the truest purple and provides the transaction counter in the gift shop. Seamless, clean and healthy, Durat and kids are a perfect match: inspiring, unbounded and uplifting.

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Reverberation, Reflection, and Sabens - Oh My!

Nerd Alert! The CaraGreen Sales team is going back to school. Kirei University opened up last week to welcome our team of savvy sustainable sale-sisters to San Diego for education on Kirei’s EchoPanel acoustical products and bio-based panels and tiles. EchoPanel is recycled PET plastic in vibrant hues and patterns with very effective sound reduction.The product comes in tiles, panels, clouds and baffles. These can be custom cut and printed to match whatever design needs you may have. No need to explain more here, we have three recent graduates who can educate you on all things EchoPanel. Diplomas in hand and ready to bestow their recent wisdom, email us at echopanel@caragreen.com to find the nerd closest to you!

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February Vignette - Year Of The Dog

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IceStone - Tuscan Sunset
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, Red 3020
Kirei - EchoPanel, 258
Durat - 450
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, Yellow 1018
Durat - 070
Kirei - EchoPanel, 108

Background:
PaperStone - Cladding, Slate

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Follow Us on YouTube!

We have a new YouTube channel to show you all the best tips and tricks when working with our materials. Subscribe to our channel here. Click on the pictures above to watch the best ways to get scratches out of Durat and/or how to get a wine stain out of Durat!

  

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Bringing Color to Colorado

We are excited to be setting up shop in Denver! We have added to our sales team as we expand further west to Colorado, an up and coming market starving for some sustainable attention. We’ve got you covered. With Koskisen, Durat, Wonderwall, and Bark House, we are sure to garner some attention with these beautiful materials. We will be setting up appointments starting March 1st, so please email rachael@caragreen.com if you want to get on the list.

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Berry Me In The Sand

Oooh…..summa summa…… we are ready for it to heat up and to get pool ready, but we know we have to wait a few more months, according to that snowblind groundhog. But, that doesn’t mean our color palette has to wait. Durat is beach-ready with two new hues: Berry and Sand. The vibrant Berry color (650) is a great new addition to Durat’s already extensive colorways, and Sand (644) really does look like it’s namesake.  

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Thinking Big by Building Small

We have always had big aspirations for our products, but in recent months we have learned to celebrate the little things. Working with several couples as they set off on adventures in buses or vans, we have provided them with healthy materials to keep them safe and cozy in their small space. UltraTouch insulation was a natural choice for Gary and Beth Hodges (follow their adventure @the198bus) as they didn’t want nasty, pink fiberglass in the walls of their upfit bus in which they plan to live and travel.

This got us thinking about tiny homes!  A lot of our products are suited to these small spaces, especially considering the limited space. You want to make the right (healthy) choices, right? Durat is lightweight and adds a pop of color to counters, tables, or benches. PaperStone is super durable, has an organic natural look, and it’s warm, matte finish won’t come off glossy in a small intimate space. Lapitec with its natural palette and 7 textures would be a great surface to chop directly on AND integrate an induction burner underneath to get limited surfaces to do double duty.

For less mobile tiny homes, reSAWN cladding (especially charred Shou Sugi Ban) would create a beautiful, resilient exterior that would really distinguish the home from its now-behemoth looking neighbors. We have big expectations for our future but we also realize that it is the little things that matter.

ultra-touch-bus

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January Vignette - Winter Greys

Clockwise, starting from from the upper left:

Kirei - EchoPanel, 365
PaperStone - Graphite
Kirei - EchoPanel, 101
Lapitec - Satin, Arabescato Michelangelo
Durat - 054, 441, and 254
PaperStone - Pewter

Background:

Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, White 9003, White 9001, and Grey 7004

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