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Natural or man-made which surface best suits your kitchen? Designer Morgan Cronin explains his reasons for choosing CaesarStone and Corian surfaces for these kitchens
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Examples of different two very different styles of surfaces in two seperate homes, both designed by Laminex group.

Designers and owners planning a new kitchen have never had so much choice. The great variety in surfacing materials both natural and man-made means there's a product to suit every style and practical requirement.

For the two kitchens featured on these pages, designer Morgan Cronin specified two different products for the two white benchtops. The island in the kitchen shown above has a thin, 20mm CaesarStone benchtop in Snow.

"The island was designed as a table frame, and is more like a piece of furniture than a traditional island," says Cronin. "The surface needed to impart a hard, solid look. CaesarStone, which is 94% natural quartz, achieves this aesthetic. It also has a slight fleck similar to terrazzo, which suits the modernist style of the 1950s home."

Cronin says the hard-wearing, practical nature of CaesarStone was another factor in its choice.


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Examples of different two very different styles of surfaces in two seperate homes, both designed by Laminex group.

The other kitchen on these pages features Corian benchtops in Cameo White. Cronin says as the kitchen forms part of an overall living area, the visual elements were important.

"I wanted to create a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. The subtle off-white colour of the Corian doesn't clash with the surrounding space. It is also smooth to touch and will still look good for years to come."

"In addition, using Corian enabled us to incorporate built-in sinks and a recessed draining area. It was a way to avoid having too many different materials in the kitchen."

The designer says the use of Corian in the kitchen provides continuity it features in other areas of the house, notably the bathroom vanities and shower trays.

Examples of different two very different styles of countertop, interior design, kitchen, product design, brown, gray
Examples of different two very different styles of surfaces in two seperate homes, both designed by Laminex group.

Corian is a non-porous, man-made material that can be seamlessly moulded to suit customised designs.

For further information on Corian and CaesarStone, contact The Laminex Group, freephone 0800 303 606. Or visit the website: www.thelaminexgroup.co.nz.

To contact Cronin Kitchens, phone (09) 836 6192.

Feb 27, 2006
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