Material Solutions – Category: Granite, Marble, Concrete
authors Kim Berndtson | February 8, 2018
BILL FEINBERG, PRESIDENT
ALLIED KITCHEN & BATH — FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
Gaya granite (islands, perimeter, custom table)
Photos: Dream Focus Photography
Feinberg’s clients weren’t afraid to be bold when they decided to use the colorful and intense Gaya granite throughout the renovated kitchen of their forever home.
“The kitchen was designed around those slabs,” he says. “My clients aren’t far from the water, so the beautiful green color is reminiscent of the ocean and beach here in South Florida. I had shown them pictures of another kitchen we had done with the same type of granite, and once they saw them, it was an easy choice.”
Feinberg showcased the granite in two islands, one of which also includes a large custom table designed by fellow designer, Melissa Mailly. Waterfall edges frame one perimeter run of cabinetry, drawing attention to the natural stone’s vibrant coloration and dramatic veining. “We wanted to utilize every bit of the material!” he says.
“I love using granite, especially exotic granites such as Gaya,” Feinberg continues. “Each slab is unique, with variations from light to dark and different veining patterns.”
DAVIS F. TAMBURIN, RA, AIA & KENNETH J.P. WILKINSON III, CID
KENNETH DAVIS LUX — NY, NJ, MIAMI BEACH & LAS VEGAS
Custom concrete (island/perimeter)
Photos: Peter Rymwid
Custom concrete countertops for this kitchen’s island and perimeter are an integral part of what makes this transitional kitchen timeless. “Our clients didn’t want to have to renovate within a few years because something was dated,” says Wilkinson. “We wanted to provide them with a timeless kitchen with more contemporary finishes – such as the concrete countertops – that would last into the future.”
The custom color was specially created to complement the floor tile, grout and mosaic backsplash while a custom float finish fits midway between highly polished and matte. “We went through about six color samples before finally settling on the right one,” states Tamburin. “We also worked on a custom finish so this countertop isn’t standard by any means.”
Its substantial 3″ depth, built up with edge banding, adds interest while giving a presence and importance to the material. “It really brings the kitchen to the next level,” Tamburin points out.
The material’s durability will also suit the family of five’s everyday needs, given that the island serves as their main dining area, he further notes.
CHERIE BROWN, DESIGNER
KITCHENS BY KLEWENO — KANSAS CITY, MO
Fossil Brown marble (island)
Cold Spring Black granite (perimeter)
Photo: Paul Bonnichsen
While a nautical theme was already at the heart of this kitchen transformation, the discovery of this Fossil Brown marble – with fossilized sea creatures embedded within – took the design principle to the next level.
“The entire kitchen makes a subtle reference to the ocean,” says Brown, noting her clients are avid sailors. “The wavy motion of the cabinets above the cooktop, the backsplash tile that ripples and sparkles like water, the curve of the island cabinetry, the custom nautilus glass table, even the brass ‘framing’ around the cooktop that pays homage to the brass found on their sailboat…all of it had already been planned,” she says. “We were wondering what to use for the island tops when we found this marble while walking through the stone shop. It fit the space perfectly!”
Brown accented the dramatic marble with polished Cold Spring Black granite for the perimeter. “We wanted something neutral in the background so we could have drama at the island where it’s more visible,” she says.