Heart of Glass
Durcon offers Elements, which combines natural quartz, resins, and post-consumer–recycled glass in a nonporous material that comes in 12 earth-tone colors. The surfaces are VOC-free and 100 percent recyclable at the end of their useful lives. The heat-resistant countertops need no sealing and are naturally antibacterial and antifungal, having earned certification for food contact and indoor air quality. Durcon; 512-595-8060; www.elementsbydurcon.com.
Spice of Life
DuPont’s Zodiaq quartz surfaces come in five new colors—Coarse Pepper, Caraway, Poppy Seed, Chicory, and Sage—bringing the line’s total number of hues to 48. The surfaces can be used in a variety of residential applications, including kitchen and bathroom countertops, and fend off mold, mildew, and bacteria. The line ranges from $50 to $125 per square foot installed and carries a transferable 10-year warranty. DuPont; 800-436-6072; countertops.dupont.com.
Cambria has unveiled six new designs this year, each taking its name from a location in Wales or England. Among them is Bradshaw, a whirling fusion of taupe, tan, black, and shimmering copper reminiscent of the stained glass found in a 16th-century church in the northwest Bradshaw region of England. Laneshaw (shown), named for a centuries-old village in northwest England, is a sea of brown tones, tan, and black with hints of white and a gold shimmer. Cambria; 866-226-2742; www.cambriausa.com.
Wilsonart has added two new designs to its HD Laminate Collection inspired by Brazilian granite. Winter Carnival (a rich red-brown with accents of cool gray) and Summer Carnival (golden-toned with golden ambers and browns, and gray accents) are characterized by their large-scale elements, veining, and striking colorcombinations. Each incorporates Wilsonart’s AEON Enhanced Performance Technology, which the company says makes the surfaces more wear-resistant than the industry benchmark and more scuff- and scratch-resistant than standard laminate countertops. Wilsonart; 800-433-3222; www.wilsonarthd.com.
Formica Corp. has a new spin on laminate surfaces—IdealEdge, whose two profiles help eliminate flat edges and brown laminate seams. IdealEdge profiles are fabricated like a beveled edge and can be curved and encase all sides of countertops, islands, and tables. They are available in hundreds of colors and patterns, including the 180fx Collection, which Formica recently expanded with five new, lighter, more neutral options (Dolce Vita pattern pictured). Formica Corp.; 800-367-6422; www.formica.com.
Silestone introduces Stonium, a line of earth-toned quartz surfacing that brings the coloring of organic minerals to kitchens and baths. The series offers six styles (pictured is Vortium) with rich color and veining that depict the beauty of natural stone while providing the benefits of quartz. Naturally nonporous, the antimicrobial material needs no sealing and is certified for air quality by Greenguard and for safe food preparation by the National Sanitation Foundation. Silestone; 866-268-6837; www.silestoneusa.com.