Surfaces/Finishes

Surfaces Makes Waves at Spanish Hotel

Bespoke Sintered Stone surfaces were specified for contemporary Costa Bravan Hotel. For award-winning architect Pau Llimona, the Mediterranean Sea has always possessed a romantic mystique. When Llimona was commissioned by Hotel Llevant, located in Llafranc on the Costa Brava, Spain, to redesign and redecorate the whole building’s interiors, he saw the perfect opportunity to incorporate the intrinsic link between the local area and the sea into his design concept.Hotel Llevant is a Costa Bravan institution, founded in 1935 by Maria Gratacós Lluensí, the current owner’s great grandmother. She built up the property from a small guesthouse to a luxurious hotel and restaurants. While

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Schluter-FINEC

Delicate and Discreet

A finishing and edge-protection profile for the external edges of tile coverings or mosaics, Schluter-FINEC is ideally suited for delicate tiles. Protecting the external edges of mitered tile, the profile’s thin, discreet reveal blends in with any décor.

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Decorative Cement Tiles

Granada Tile has partnered with award-winning designer Emma Gardner to add new patterns to their flagship Echo Collection of decorative cement tiles. Born in Kyoto and raised in New York City, she weaves diverse cultural strands into a unique voice. This collection embodies her signature style that is flexible in form and color, allowing for a broad range of moods—from serenity to exuberance. Gardner has received numerous accolades including Interior Design magazine’s Best of Year, IIDEX/Neocon Innovation and Neocon Gold Awards for her rug and fabric designs. Designers may play around with the colorways using the online customizer tool. 

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Wonder Walls

Formica high-performance wall panels feature a fiberglass core for added durability, strength and fire resistance. Dubbed HardStop Decorative Protection Panels, the wall treatment provides superior durability and ease of maintenance and installation. The panels are available in the full spectrum of Formica Brand colors and designed to be applied directly to a variety of substrates, including drywall. For seaming, a selection of anodized aluminum trims come in five profiles and colors, including clear anodized, champagne, light bronze, dark bronze and black.

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Elements Inspired Laminate

ATI’s latest collection of 14 new NuMetal combinations—the Divine Elements Collection—combines qualities from water and rare earth elements to celebrate the unique relationship between nature’s raw power and human curiosity. With new high pressure laminate (HPL) finishes ranging from rose gold and gun metal to the iridescent polished smoke and classic brushed aluminum, the patterns draw inspiration from the natural world. NuMetal features real metal surface and phenolic paper backing, and are available in 4-ft. × 8-ft. (4-ft. × 10-ft. available on special order). Ideal for hospitality, healthcare and institutional, retail and commercial design markets, the

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A Walk on the Mediterranean Side

Available in luxurious Carrera marble or pristine limestone, Medina tiles from StoneImpressions lets you create an extraordinary design space with a taste of Mediterranean culture. The line shines with onyx and turquoise jewel tones. The tiles are sealed with a three-part acrylic topcoat that is durable and an ideal choice for kitchens, bathrooms, backsplashes and light traffic flooring. The tiles come in both 6-in. × 6-in. and 12-in. × 12-in. sizes. 

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Four51 Marlborough, Boston, Mass.

From Analog to Digital

Tasked with incorporating a modern design solution within The Holland Companies’ new luxury condominium building, Four51 Marlborough, architecture firm Hacin + Assocs. sought to complement the surrounding neighborhood and the building’s storied past, by reimagining a well-known Boston Harbor lithograph for the building’s lobby. Designer and fabricator of architecturally compelling mosaics, Artaic, transposed the Boston Harbor lithograph with their innovative design tool, Tylist. The Tylist process married the ancient mosaic craft and the use of modern digital technology for the reinterpretation of the 19th-century landmark that pays homage to the Back Bay’s historic c

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Nature Indoors

In expanding its Quartz and Solid Surface selections, Wilsonart has responded to a growing interest in bringing nature to interiors. Capturing the beauty of granite and marble with what the company calls “nature blending,” the new collections tap into warm and cool whites, greys, neutrals and classic black stone.

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Color to the Core

Formica Infiniti ColorCore 2 Laminate line is an assortment of inspiring solid colors and patterns that go all the way through with no brown edge. ColorCore 2 laminate features a soft-to-the-touch super matte finish that is fingerprint resistant, offers anti-microbial surface protection, thermal healing capabilities. The company has expanded the line with eleven new patterns, three new solid options and four new white finishes to provide designers more upscale laminate options without the dark edge. 

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Back in Black

Wilsonart’s sophisticated new laminate palette in black and white is the “little black dress” collection of laminate looks. Available through Wilsonart’s Virtual Design Library, the collection speaks to a modern aesthetic, but its abstract patterns transcend trends. From large-scale designs inspired by the unique features found in Eucalyptus wood to abstracts made up of bold, multi-colored triangles, 18 new patterns expand the laminate design vocabulary with monochromatic grays, a whitewashed brick wall pattern and art deco-inspired black and gold combinations. 

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