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Two bathrooms and a kitchen blending in with the historic building’s past

Carlos Álvarez, Construcciones Álvarez

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Location

Málaga (Spain)

Material

Dekton | Silestone

Colour

Albarium, Kreta, Helena | Ethereal Glow

Quantity

48 m2

Photography

Raquel Morcillo

Architecture/Design

Carlos Álvarez, Construcciones Álvarez

Application

Flooring, walls, worktops

End date

2022

Thickness

8 mm, 4 mm | 20 mm

Recapturing the spirit of the past and combining it with a fresh, functional and elegant atmosphere was the aim of Carlos Álvarez’s comprehensive refurbishment of this historic building. The original elements and materials have been preserved and merged with innovative surfaces such as Dekton and Silestone. These two Cosentino surfaces manage to establish a bridge between the past and the present in the refurbished spaces, being the main feature in the bathrooms and the kitchen, where they enhance a style halfway between classic and contemporary. In keeping with the context, both the original floor and the exposed brick walls have been retained. The result is a very personal home that strikes the perfect balance between past and present.

Two colours in dialogue

‘The ease of installation of the materials and the technical advice of the Cosentino team’ were for Carlos Álvarez one of the keys that paved the way for this refurbishment. This consisted of revamping the two main bathrooms with Dekton, a hard-wearing material that is perfect for these wet areas, thanks to its easy cleaning and simple maintenance.

Specifically, the colour chosen for one of the bathrooms was Dekton Albarium, which provides luminosity and refinement with its ecru and faded tone. This matt colour, which hides reflections and shine that simulate the marble dust, is paired with Dekton Kreta, used to cover the floor. Inspired by the ideal colour of cement, it brings a sense of serenity and balance to the space and blends in perfectly with the contemporary style of the room.

Romantic style

With a more romantic feel, another of the main bathrooms features a very interesting combination of textures and materials. In this case, Dekton Helena takes centre stage alongside wallpaper and exposed brick walls. Helena is a rich colour with a perfect balance between grey and white tones and a delicate distressed texture. This way, the depth of onyx – the natural stone that inspired this piece – can shine through. The wooden floors complete this bright bathroom full of details.

A kitchen with soul

The other room in which the dialogue between Cosentino’s innovative surfaces and the house’s historic past is clearly visible is the kitchen. Here, the hydraulic floor tiles have been preserved, creating a characterful atmosphere, as have the vaulted ceilings with exposed brick.

To highlight the aesthetic power of this traditional floor type and the original ceilings, the architect and designer selected Silestone Ethereal Glow for the worktops. A colour that shows elegant shades of gold and grey on a nuanced white background and can completely transform the kitchen into a bright and sophisticated space, while offering great resistance to stains and scratches.

Cosentino's materials used in this project

Glow

Ethereal Glow

SILESTONE
AM2-fullslab

Albarium

DEKTON
Kreta-1

Kreta

DEKTON
helena-detalle-pro-b-arcit18-1

Helena

DEKTON

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A luxurious rental building chooses Cosentino for its durability, elegance and sustainability

Hillam Architects

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Location

Subiaco (Australia)

Material

Silestone | Dekton | Sensa

Application

Worktops, fronts, showers, wall cladding

Photography

Silvertone Photography

Architecture/Design

Hillam Architects

Colour

Charcoal Soapstone Suede, Kensho Suede, Miami White Polished, Calypso Suede | Opera, Domoos | Black Beauty Caresse

End date

2022

High durability and care for the environment thanks to Dekton, Silestone and Sensa

Common areas to relax in, stunning roof terraces, two swimming pools, barbecue huts, lounges, gym… The second phase of Element 27, the first rental community in Western Australia, has just opened its doors in a luxury setting with every possible amenity.

Element 27 is also a sustainable complex, with charging stations for electric cars, energy-efficient appliances and innovative strategies for water and energy treatment. As a result, it has become Australia’s first carbon neutral flat community.

To obtain the strength that the materials of a rental flat require, the sophistication inherent in this high-end complex and the respect for the environment that Element 27 embodies, the award-winning firm Hillam Architects had it clear: Cosentino surfaces would be their reference product.

“Any Cosentino surface is extremely hard and resistant to stains and marks. This development was built for rental purposes, so the durability of the materials is very important”, explains the studio. And they further say: “Seamless shower walls and trays are a great advantage in terms of maintenance, especially considering Perth’s hard water. At the same time, Cosentino products offer a visually appealing quality”.

In fact, Sentinel, the developer of the complex, always uses materials from the Cosentino brands in their projects: “Sentinel’s overall policy is to use Dekton, Silestone or Sensa by Cosentino for worktops, splashbacks, etc. This helps to maintain consistency between the projects they own and manage, and to ensure a global supply chain”.

Powerful and sophisticated colours

The worktops and fronts in Element 27 feature Cosentino surfaces. Specifically, the material used was Silestone Charcoal Soapstone with a velvety Suede finish. Inspired by the popular soapstone, this tone has a blue-grey finish with strong grey veins, which stands out for its character, depth and movement.

Silestone was also the material of choice for the worktop and front in the laundry area. In this case, Miami White’s warm shade and glossy Polished finish was chosen. In the bathroom, the walls are clad in Dekton Opera, a colour inspired by the elegant Italian Carrara marble thanks to its simple light grey veining that adds depth and character to its creamy white background.

Meanwhile, the shower tray features the Kador Suite model, a rectangular-shaped tray with a contemporary style, for which Silestone Kensho Suede was chosen. Its silky, harmonious grey surface creates environments with an Asian and Zen touch, which makes perfect sense given the decorative aspects of the project.

A rich, textured colour palette inspired by high-end ceramics

“The design of Element 27 responds to the identity of the Fine China precinct, where the complex is located. The rich material palette used for the project conveys the industrial heritage of the site, while blending in with the materiality of the surrounding developments”, says the studio.

In addition, the details of its façade, specially the nuances in its pattern, allude to the subtle variations in texture and colour of this type of ceramic.

For instance, Silestone was used for the walls of the lift and the custom-made desk at the entrance of the building. In this case, the colour chosen was Calypso, a sober and refined tone that adds contrast and depth to bright spaces.

Last but not least, a different Cosentino material was used for the worktop in the barbecue area. The surface chosen was Sensa Black Beauty, an Indian granite with exclusive anti-stain protection. With its black background crossed by white veins reminiscent of the foam of the waves in a wild ocean, this tone is perfectly suited to the richness that Hillam Architects wanted to capture.

Cosentino's materials used in this project

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Charcoal Soapstone

SILESTONE
kensho silestone

Kensho

SILESTONE
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Miami White

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Asylum Creative

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Orchard Road (Singapore)

Material

Silestone and Dekton

Colour

Ethereal Glow, Snowy Ibiza, Eternal Marquina, Iconic Black| Kelya

Quantity

90 m2

Architecture/Design

Asylum Creative

Application

Worktop, flooring, cladding

Thickness

20 mm

End date

2022

‘A jewel in the heart of Singapore’s shopping district.’ Mandarin Gallery, a high-end shopping centre in Orchard Road, is home to some of the world’s leading international brands as well as an exclusive range of independent boutiques.

On its three floors, it also boasts a fine selection of haute cuisine restaurants, such as La D’Oro. The establishment, run by chef Yohhei Sasaki, has received rave reviews since its opening just a few months ago.

Its cuisine is ground-breaking, as it is Italian at heart, but cooked with Japanese techniques and ingredients. According to Mandarin Gallery management, it is ‘a combination of Japanese precision, Italian passion and the best seasonal ingredients from both countries’.

Cosentino, chosen for its wide variety of marble-like colours with stain-resistant properties

The restaurant features an interior design to match its high culinary qualities, by the renowned firm Asylum Creative, assisted on site by EDZ Interior Contracts. In order to create a stylish and refined atmosphere, dark tones have been paired with luxurious textures, touches of gold, an interplay of glitter and reflections, and innovative shapes.

‘We were looking for surfaces that offer a marble-like appearance, with a variety of colours and patterns to choose from, but at the same time are stain resistant,’ explains the studio. So they turned to Cosentino’s products: ‘It has a wide collection of colours inspired by different marbles, and they meet the requirements for surfaces where food and beverages are handled because they are easy to clean, even when it comes to wines and other foods that can stain them,’ says the firm.

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Textures with depth and polished finishes for a stylish atmosphere

Thus, Cosentino’s surfaces have been used in this restaurant for multiple applications: to begin with, Silestone in its Ethereal Glow colour has embellished the bar in La D’Oro’s relaxed dining room. This tone is characterised by its elegant gold and grey veining, which blends into a tinged white foundation, running through the slab and bringing colour to every corner. Furthermore, it has been selected in a polished finish, which gives a more vibrant and intense colour and reflections, enhancing the sumptuous feel of the establishment.

Providing a beautiful contrast to this white, Cosentino’s ultra-compact Dekton surface, in its Kelya colour, has been used for the bar cladding. It draws its inspiration from sumptuous dark marble with light veins.

For the bar in the restaurant area, Silestone Eternal Noir has been chosen, a delicate pattern inspired by the asymmetry and elegance of natural stone, also in a polished finish. Its straight lines and sober design make dark spaces feel warm and elegant at the same time.

Functionality and beauty – the perfect match for designers comes from Silestone

The main feature of the flooring in this area is Silestone Snowy Ibiza in a polished finish, an exclusive white tone with subtle light grey veining. What’s more, Cosentino’s products also shine on the worktop in the reception area and in the bar surrounding the open-plan kitchen.

Both spaces are finished with the distinctive Eternal Marquina, a great favourite for sophisticated style decoration. Evoking the Spanish black Marquina marble, this option offers a bold black background crossed by strong and intense details and white veins.

Finally, for the worktop in the open-plan kitchen, Silestone’s Iconic Black colour in a polished finish has been preferred. This is a resounding, pure and perfect black which, enhanced with N-Boost technology, intensifies the colour and makes it last longer.

‘In Cosentino we have found the best selection of marbles, which suit the design and function of the space. Working with them has been great, as they combine functionality and beauty – the perfect match,’ concludes the Asylum Creative studio.

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Ethereal Glow

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GV419 +arquitectura

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Barcelona (Spain)

Material

Silestone

Application

Worktop, wall cladding, flooring, washbasin unit

Quantity

35 m2

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GV419 +arquitectura

Colour

Ethereal Glow, Cincel Grey

End date

2022

An old duplex in Barcelona, with small, dark and chaotic spaces, has been brought back to life thanks to the modern renovation project by GV419 +arquitectura, which stands out for its large, welcoming, open and bright spaces.

To this end, the layout was completely rethought: now located on the ground floor is the living and dining area, with an open plan kitchen. As white is the main colour used throughout the house (in combination with wood and touches of gold), Silestone Cincel Grey was the colour of choice for the kitchen. In the words of the architects, this colour is “reminiscent of a microcement finish, but offers much better performance” and it was used for both the worktop and the splashback.

Indeed, this Silestone finish features a versatile neutral grey shade which balances easily between warm and cool shades. In addition, it stands out for its pleasant Suede finish, which offers a velvety texture and full colour consistency.

But, according to the professionals in charge of the project, in addition to its design, this Cosentino product stands out for its extraordinary properties: it is resistant to scratches, impacts, acids and stains, and offers extra hygiene, making it perfect for a room like the kitchen.

Silestone Glow Suede: high brightness and a unique texture

Also on the ground floor is the children’s bedroom and a small bathroom, as well as two beautiful terraces with panoramic views of Barcelona. Upstairs, meanwhile, there is a wonderful master bedroom with a dressing room, a work area and a large open-plan bathroom with separate toilet and shower cubicles, where Silestone Ethereal Glow Suede stands out.

“Silestone Ethereal Glow Suede has allowed us to deal with all the elements of the bathroom with great precision. This finish was chosen for its luminosity, thus avoiding a dark background for the suite. In addition, it has a very elegant veining and its Suede finish offers a touch that a natural marble surface could never offer”, explains GV419 +arquitectura.

A bespoke washbasin unit made in Silestone

The jewel in the crown is in the centre of the en-suite bathroom area, in the form of a large washbasin unit made entirely in Silestone. The oak drawers and the washbasin taps, with separate spout and mixer “for added visibility and style” round off the unit. This product, which stands out for its elegance, is made of 24-carat brushed gold and belongs to the Ministar collection of the Spanish tap manufacturer Maier.

The shower walls and tray in this bathroom also feature Silestone Ethereal Glow in large format slabs. “The machining process in the workshop made it possible to accurately fit Maier built-in shower taps, in this case with up to five channels for the different functions: hand shower, wall jets, rain, waterfall and spray”, the studio says. Furthermore, the kitchen is also fitted with Maier’s taps; in this case, a pull-out tap with two functions in matt nickel.

Cosentino: end-to-end support

“Once the details of the bathroom were defined, we worked side by side with Cosentino‘s commercial department, which allowed us to check every last detail of the manufacturing process. Cosentino was also commissioned to manufacture the centrepiece of the washbasin unit, achieving an excellent result”, the studio says.

The studio is very satisfied after using the brand’s products: “Cosentino City Barcelona is a great space to work with the client and get to know the wide range of products that the company offers, their technical features and all the installation possibilities, which made it easier to make a quick decision on the materials to be used for this project”, the studio says finally.

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Cincel Grey

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Hospitality entrepreneur relies on Dekton to make his dream home a reality

KAMA GmbH Steinprojekte

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Innsbruck (Austria)

Façade bonding

Innotec® Project System

Colour

Danae | Coral Clay

End date

2021

Quantity

400 m2

Constructor

KAMA GmbH Steinprojekte

Material

Dekton and Silestone

Application

Ventilated curtain façade, kitchen countertop, wall cladding bathroom and shower

Thickness

8 mm, 20 mm

After years of working in the hotel construction industry, this contractor wanted to retire gradually and build the perfect house for his family to live in. As an entrepreneur who, when he has an idea, wants to make it happen, he built an energy-efficient house for himself and his wife in the south of Innsbruck, Austria, overlooking the Alpine mountains. To this end, he opted for an efficient modular timber construction and a ventilated curtain façade made from Dekton by Cosentino.

The building plot is located on the green outskirts of Vill, with about 500 inhabitants the smallest district of Innsbruck. The house was to meet the low-energy standard, which in Austria corresponds to a heating requirement of no more than 50 kWh/(m²⋅a). "This requires a highly insulating building envelope," says the building owner. "We chose the very efficient modular construction method with renewable, domestic wood. It's sustainable, ensures local added value at fair prices, and allowed us a very short construction time".

Curtain wall with bonded Dekton panels

The curtain-type rear-ventilated facade should not only be visually appealing, but also uncomplicated and require as little maintenance and cleaning as possible in the long term. That's why the client turned to Martin Hubmann of KAMA-Steinprojekte. "Instead of natural stone, we recommended Dekton because it gives you the opportunity to work with large-format and at the same time thinner slabs. It looks super and at the same time brings less weight. The façade can even be bonded, making it much faster to install than a suspended natural stone façade".

The client already knew the ultra-compact surface from hotel projects. The material consists of 100% natural minerals - compacted and sintered, carbon-neutral over the entire product life cycle. As a façade cladding, however, Dekton was still new to him. KAMA-Steinprojekte showed him an extension in wood modular construction with bonded ceramic panels. "We already worked with Innotec's façade bonding system about a decade ago. It is also approved for Dekton on substructures made of wood or aluminum." The customer was convinced and enthusiastic.

Precision right into the corners

Among the more than 50 designs available, two favorites were quickly found. The Cosentino Center in Munich provided large-format samples. "Dekton Danae matches the color of the limestone in the surrounding mountains and is a perfect fit for the natural stone we wanted to use for the building base and floors," says the client. Shortly afterwards, KAMA-Steinprojekte was commissioned to start designing the façade jointly with the architect from Geisler & Trimmel, for which the Dekton panels were precisely cut with a water jet cutting machine and the corners were finished off by mitring the edges of these panels. Maximum precision in panel cutting enabled narrow joints and precise incisions, such as for roller blind rails or window sills.

The battens of the substructure received an impregnating bonding primer. Then KAMA attached a double-sided adhesive tape, which fixes the façade panels until the special glue applied in parallel hardens and installed the 8 mm thin and up to 260 cm x 90 cm large Dekton panels. "Our aspiration is to work as perfectly as possible - especially with the joint pattern," says Martin Hubmann of KAMA-Steinprojekte. "We could have had it easier with smaller façade panels. But we wanted to approach it this way and no other way".

Investment in a peaceful future

The client is very proud of the building - as are Martin Hubmann and the team from KAMA. In total, an area of around 375 square meters was clad with Dekton Danae " I'd be pleased to see this example inspire more private customers to consider Dekton as a façade material," says the stone specialist. "A wood or plaster facade often seems more affordable. But you have follow-up efforts and costs," adds the building owner. "In the commercial property sector, you invest rather once and then have your peace of mind. And that's exactly what I also want as a private owner".

Silestone for indoors

Inside, the kitchen and dining room share a large space connected to the outdoor terrace, so that the residents can enjoy the views of the surroundings. Another surface by Cosentino was chosen for the design of this space, a 20 mm thick worktop in Silestone Coral Clay with a matt finish. The slightly bevelled edges add elegance to the overall look. The worktop and sink were fitted flush with the surface, increasing comfort and functionality, two features that are also found in the adjoining living room with its impressive fireplace.

The second floor is reserved for the bedrooms and a bathroom with plenty of natural light. The bathroom floor and washbasin are clad in natural stone, a material that blends in with the Silestone Coral Clay walls which, once again, enhance the natural light and imbue the space with warmth.

Cosentino's materials used in this project

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Danae

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Coral Clay

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A Silestone worktop ideal to withstand the daily wear and tear of a family with children

Sanna Siik

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Location

Vantaa (Finland)

Material

Silestone

Application

Worktop 

Thickness

20 mm

Architecture/Design

Sanna Siik

Colour

Eternal Serena Suede

End date

2021

Finnish interior designer Sanna Siik is renowned for her clean, Scandinavian-influenced style. Now, after several years specialising in new build projects, refurbishments and fixture design, she has imprinted her neat mark on her most important job: the house of her dreams, where she and her family will live.

The heart of the home, and of the overall design, is the kitchen: ‘I started planning our house, focusing mainly on the kitchen. I wanted each piece of furniture, vase, appliance, and so on, to have its own space. I also wanted to have enough room for recycling,’ Siik recalls.

With this in mind, the professional designed a spacious and bright white kitchen integrated into a single unit. ‘The whole kitchen has a timeless, bright, simple and elegant look,’ explains Siik. In addition to this large main ‘cupboard’ there is a very functional island, topped by a Silestone worktop.

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Eternal Serena Suede, the perfect Silestone colour for a kitchen with Nordic flair

‘I work as an interior designer for the distributor Kastelli, so I did already know about Cosentino materials and their properties. That is why I chose a Silestone worktop in a calm and subdued colour, Eternal Serena Suede.’

The earthy background of this colour in grey and green, with a soft, pure white veining, matches perfectly with the Huurre tone of the kitchen doors, the Festa model from Keittiömaailma. Its earthy look also evokes the softness and lightness so typical of Siik’s style, which is further enhanced by the suede finish. It is reminiscent of the texture of suede, giving the surface an irresistibly silky and pleasant feel, with full colour consistency.

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Silestone, a 25-year warranty against stains, scratches and knocks

However, beyond its excellent feel and appearance, Siik also selected the Silestone worktop for practical reasons, which have to do with the other features integrated into it. Thus, the expert installed a Bora Pure induction cooktop with integrated cooktop extractor on the island, as well as a black sink, a sober shade that blends perfectly with the overall colour range of the room. ‘We are an active family with children and I do a lot of cooking, so I knew it was good to have the tap near the hob,’ she explains. 

Considering the above, Silestone, the most sustainable and cutting-edge hybrid surface of premium minerals available on the market and manufactured with the exclusive and innovative HybriQ technology, came out on top of the rest of the worktop options. This was because it is highly resistant to stains and acids common in everyday kitchen use, as well as to scratches and knocks. In addition to all this, Silestone is a material that is easy to maintain and comes with a 25-year warranty. 

‘After a year since the kitchen was installed, I can definitely say that we are all delighted with it. It is very practical as each item has its own place, recycling is easy and all materials are of high quality – living in our new home is wonderful!’ assures Siik. 

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