The top 5 performance properties of materials and how to read them

Knowing the main technical properties of the materials you intend to use will help you make an educated decision. However, once you dive into technical properties and their rating systems, it can all become quite overwhelming. Here is a quick overview of the top 5 characteristics...
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The Bluebird restaurant project featured on GS Magazine

We are very excited that our work at the Bluebird restaurant has been featured on the 73rd issue of GS Magazine.   For more information about this project, click here.
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It is not all marble

How to identify the different types of natural stone to make an educated decision Natural stone can be classified into two general categories according to its composition: siliceous stone or calcareous stone. Knowing the difference is critical not only to specify the most...
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The A-to-Z of natural stone care and cleaning

General care and precautions Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices. Many common foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the surface of many stones, especially if polished. Do not place hot items directly on the stone...
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8 tips to choose your wood flooring: wood or engineered?

Whether to choose between solid or engineered wood flooring is one of the most common questions I get asked so I have decided to tackle it, once and for all. Let’s start by defining the two types: Solid wood flooring: as the name suggests, it is made from solid wood of any...
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Ceramic Vs. Porcelain

What’s the difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles? Actually, it might come as a surprise to most, but there is no difference. Porcelain is just one type of ceramic tile. Let’s start from the beginning by defining what ceramic tiles are. A ceramic tile is a mixture...
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Top 5 common myths about natural stone

Having worked within the industry for longer than I would like to admit, I have answered the most diverse questions from many different parties, including architects, interior designers, contractors, kitchen manufacturers and home owners. There are a few common misconceptions...
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There are ‘tiles’ and… then there are ‘tiles’…

Are all tiles the same? No, of course. There are ‘tiles’ and… then there are ‘tiles’… Making an educated selection is paramount for the success of your projects and the peace of mind of the homeowner. Ceramic tiles have been used since ancient times. They are hardwearing, easy to...
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Calacatta is not in India

It can be easy for homeowners, architects and interior designers to get confused about the naming of certain types of marble. Part of the reason is that many within the stone industry are themselves confused and use the wrong names. And – of course – the fact that...
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Il Baretto restaurant project featured on Design Curial

paolo.interiors as a specialist architectural materials consultant and supplier for Il Baretto restaurant in London.  
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