Product Studio: Counter Culture

Cement isn-t just for driveways anymore. FIRESLATE offers concrete countertops and integrated kitchen sinks, as well as backsplashes and range cut-outs. The concrete products are heat-and flame- resistant, as well as crack and chip-resistant. The material comes in three colors and within a few months of installation, it takes on a slight patina. For more information contact FIRESLATE at 800-523-5902 or visit

Staron Surfaces has expanded its Tempest countertop product line, making the acrylic solid surface available in 10 new colors. The new Tempest Stylist series features reflective chips that look like metallic elements and minerals often found in nature. The new Tempest colors are certified by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute. For more information, contact Staron at 800-795-7177 or visit

Glass may not be the first material people consider for countertops, but it's one of the newest to hit the kitchen. ThinkGlass' glass countertops and backsplashes are as durable as stone and marble and under normal use they will not crack, chip, or scratch. Available in a variety of colors, textures, and shapes,it's nonporous, making it stain-proof and hygienic. Contact ThinkGlass at 877-410-GLASS or visit

Erin Adams Design has rolled out Luna, a new tile collection made of glass, aluminum, and brass, developed in collaboration with Irapuato, Guanajato, Mexico-based Allumillenium Tile. They can be used as countertops and backsplashes, or as accent pieces. The handcrafted tiles come in 36 colors and a range of sizes. All aluminum used in Luna is recycled.Contact Erin Adams Design at 505-352-1016 or visit

If you-re looking for a product made from environmentally sustainable resources, try Richlite-s paper-based countertops. Made from cellulose fi ber and resin, the countertops are heat- and stain- resistant and as durable as stone. They-ve been used in commercial kitchens for years, and are available in six colors including nutmeg, plum, sage, and slate black. Contact Richlite at 888-383- 5533 or visit

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