An exploration of materiality: 7 kitchen surfaces not to miss

An exploration of materiality: 7 kitchen surfaces not to miss

Melamine, acrylic-faced MDF and lacquer are no longer the norm for kitchen surfaces with a plethora of materials now available that render the heart of the home a hub of design possibilities. Here are seven ideas to introduce a fresh new material palette into the kitchen. 

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The kitchen is one of the most material-rich rooms in the home with multiple surfaces to play with - and the design options for those surfaces are now vast. Here are seven of the most sought-after materials for the contemporary kitchen.

1. LUXE

An alternative to traditional cabinetry materials, LUXE is a premium cabinetry frontage available in ultra high gloss (Luxe) and silky matt (Zenit) finishes as well as in a textured wood grain (Syncron). “Made in Spain, the Luxe range is a great alternative to lacquer or melamine,” Adam says.

2. Designer Splash

A superior high gloss, flame retardant aluminium composite splashback and wall panelling solution, Designer Splash is the ideal alternative to glass, acrylic and porcelain tiles as it is easy to install, durable and suitable for use behind gas hobs.

Designer Splash is a high gloss aluminium composite splashback and wall panelling material.

3. EvoStone

With the look and feel of quartz, EvoStone is a versatile and unique acrylic solid surface for kitchens and bathrooms. Suitable for benchtops, splashbacks, cabinetry fronts and wall linings, it can also be used in bathrooms and wet areas. 

“EvoStone is a great choice if you want to emulate the aesthetic of natural stone but are looking to reduce the output required for natural stone. It’s also sought after due to the fact that it contains no silica,” Stone and Joinery Solutions’ Adam Whitefield says. 

Luxe Blanco cabinetry frontage.

4. Valchromat

An evolution of MDF, Valchromat offers a superior solution, Adam says. “It is a high density wood fibre panel which is coloured throughout, unlike MDF. The coloured core is also much denser than MDF, which means when it is cut it remains very stable.”

5. DumaWall

These wall linings are 100 per cent waterproof, which means they can be used in both kitchens and bathrooms, including in shower cavities. “DumaWall has a unique tongue and groove installation system to lock it together. It’s very easy to install and ensures there are no gaps between panels. DumaWall is great for creating an authentic concrete or stone look feature that's available in small tiles and large panel sizes.”

6. Marble, Granite and Porcelain

These traditional materials remain relevant in contemporary kitchens with marble and granite timeless choices for benchtops and features. “Porcelain is also popular due to the ability to specify thin format 12mm panels for benchtops which create a very contemporary appeal.”

Marble remains a timeless and popular choice for kitchen surfaces.

7. Engineered Stone

Man-made stone is a popular alternative to natural stone. It is non-porous and requires minimal maintenance. “It is made with a combination of natural stone and fillers. In this case, quartz is ground down and adhered again with fillers and polymers to create a stronger solid slab. There are various colour options to choose from, each of which is offered in a beautiful honed, matt finish.”

Stone and Joinery Solutions (SJS) launched in early 2019, having rebranded from PSP Stonecraft, which has been operating since the 1990s. SJS now supplies a broader range of high-end, quality and innovative kitchen and bathroom surfaces, offering specialised design services and advice for the kitchen and bathroom industry. 

Find out more about the latest in designer kitchen surfaces.  

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An exploration of materiality: 7 kitchen surfaces not to miss

An exploration of materiality: 7 kitchen surfaces not to miss

Melamine, acrylic-faced MDF and lacquer are no longer the norm for kitchen surfaces with a plethora of materials now available that render the heart of the home a hub of design possibilities. Here are seven ideas to introduce a fresh new material palette into the kitchen. 

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The kitchen is one of the most material-rich rooms in the home with multiple surfaces to play with - and the design options for those surfaces are now vast. Here are seven of the most sought-after materials for the contemporary kitchen.

1. LUXE

An alternative to traditional cabinetry materials, LUXE is a premium cabinetry frontage available in ultra high gloss (Luxe) and silky matt (Zenit) finishes as well as in a textured wood grain (Syncron). “Made in Spain, the Luxe range is a great alternative to lacquer or melamine,” Adam says.

2. Designer Splash

A superior high gloss, flame retardant aluminium composite splashback and wall panelling solution, Designer Splash is the ideal alternative to glass, acrylic and porcelain tiles as it is easy to install, durable and suitable for use behind gas hobs.

Designer Splash is a high gloss aluminium composite splashback and wall panelling material.

3. EvoStone

With the look and feel of quartz, EvoStone is a versatile and unique acrylic solid surface for kitchens and bathrooms. Suitable for benchtops, splashbacks, cabinetry fronts and wall linings, it can also be used in bathrooms and wet areas. 

“EvoStone is a great choice if you want to emulate the aesthetic of natural stone but are looking to reduce the output required for natural stone. It’s also sought after due to the fact that it contains no silica,” Stone and Joinery Solutions’ Adam Whitefield says. 

Luxe Blanco cabinetry frontage.

4. Valchromat

An evolution of MDF, Valchromat offers a superior solution, Adam says. “It is a high density wood fibre panel which is coloured throughout, unlike MDF. The coloured core is also much denser than MDF, which means when it is cut it remains very stable.”

5. DumaWall

These wall linings are 100 per cent waterproof, which means they can be used in both kitchens and bathrooms, including in shower cavities. “DumaWall has a unique tongue and groove installation system to lock it together. It’s very easy to install and ensures there are no gaps between panels. DumaWall is great for creating an authentic concrete or stone look feature that's available in small tiles and large panel sizes.”

6. Marble, Granite and Porcelain

These traditional materials remain relevant in contemporary kitchens with marble and granite timeless choices for benchtops and features. “Porcelain is also popular due to the ability to specify thin format 12mm panels for benchtops which create a very contemporary appeal.”

Marble remains a timeless and popular choice for kitchen surfaces.

7. Engineered Stone

Man-made stone is a popular alternative to natural stone. It is non-porous and requires minimal maintenance. “It is made with a combination of natural stone and fillers. In this case, quartz is ground down and adhered again with fillers and polymers to create a stronger solid slab. There are various colour options to choose from, each of which is offered in a beautiful honed, matt finish.”

Stone and Joinery Solutions (SJS) launched in early 2019, having rebranded from PSP Stonecraft, which has been operating since the 1990s. SJS now supplies a broader range of high-end, quality and innovative kitchen and bathroom surfaces, offering specialised design services and advice for the kitchen and bathroom industry. 

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An exploration of materiality: 7 kitchen surfaces not to miss

An exploration of materiality: 7 kitchen surfaces not to miss

Melamine, acrylic-faced MDF and lacquer are no longer the norm for kitchen surfaces with a plethora of materials now available that render the heart of the home a hub of design possibilities. Here are seven ideas to introduce a fresh new material palette into the kitchen. 

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The kitchen is one of the most material-rich rooms in the home with multiple surfaces to play with - and the design options for those surfaces are now vast. Here are seven of the most sought-after materials for the contemporary kitchen.

1. LUXE

An alternative to traditional cabinetry materials, LUXE is a premium cabinetry frontage available in ultra high gloss (Luxe) and silky matt (Zenit) finishes as well as in a textured wood grain (Syncron). “Made in Spain, the Luxe range is a great alternative to lacquer or melamine,” Adam says.

2. Designer Splash

A superior high gloss, flame retardant aluminium composite splashback and wall panelling solution, Designer Splash is the ideal alternative to glass, acrylic and porcelain tiles as it is easy to install, durable and suitable for use behind gas hobs.

Designer Splash is a high gloss aluminium composite splashback and wall panelling material.

3. EvoStone

With the look and feel of quartz, EvoStone is a versatile and unique acrylic solid surface for kitchens and bathrooms. Suitable for benchtops, splashbacks, cabinetry fronts and wall linings, it can also be used in bathrooms and wet areas. 

“EvoStone is a great choice if you want to emulate the aesthetic of natural stone but are looking to reduce the output required for natural stone. It’s also sought after due to the fact that it contains no silica,” Stone and Joinery Solutions’ Adam Whitefield says. 

Luxe Blanco cabinetry frontage.

4. Valchromat

An evolution of MDF, Valchromat offers a superior solution, Adam says. “It is a high density wood fibre panel which is coloured throughout, unlike MDF. The coloured core is also much denser than MDF, which means when it is cut it remains very stable.”

5. DumaWall

These wall linings are 100 per cent waterproof, which means they can be used in both kitchens and bathrooms, including in shower cavities. “DumaWall has a unique tongue and groove installation system to lock it together. It’s very easy to install and ensures there are no gaps between panels. DumaWall is great for creating an authentic concrete or stone look feature that's available in small tiles and large panel sizes.”

6. Marble, Granite and Porcelain

These traditional materials remain relevant in contemporary kitchens with marble and granite timeless choices for benchtops and features. “Porcelain is also popular due to the ability to specify thin format 12mm panels for benchtops which create a very contemporary appeal.”

Marble remains a timeless and popular choice for kitchen surfaces.

7. Engineered Stone

Man-made stone is a popular alternative to natural stone. It is non-porous and requires minimal maintenance. “It is made with a combination of natural stone and fillers. In this case, quartz is ground down and adhered again with fillers and polymers to create a stronger solid slab. There are various colour options to choose from, each of which is offered in a beautiful honed, matt finish.”

Stone and Joinery Solutions (SJS) launched in early 2019, having rebranded from PSP Stonecraft, which has been operating since the 1990s. SJS now supplies a broader range of high-end, quality and innovative kitchen and bathroom surfaces, offering specialised design services and advice for the kitchen and bathroom industry. 

Find out more about the latest in designer kitchen surfaces.  

Get in touch with
Stone & Joinery Solutions

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