Montreal Home magazine story: LUXURIOUS AND PRACTICAL

This brand of quartz surfaces offers products that are on trend and as beautiful as stone.

TOO OFTEN, QUARTZ SURFACES are regarded as a compromise between practicality and luxury. Vicostone challenges the assumption with products that take both qualities to a whole new level. Not only do the company’s slabs artfully recreate the look of natural stone, their beauty is much more than skin deep.

If you haven’t heard of the company yet, you soon will. After launching in Canada almost two years ago, one of the largest manufacturers of engineered stone surfaces already is generating a buzz among design- ers and architects here. “We aim for an exceptional level of design, and to be on or ahead of trend,” says Thai Nguyen, chief executive officer for Vicostone Canada. “And there is state-of-the-art technology behind our products.”

Over the past 15 years, the company has produced millions of metres of quartz surfaces using what is known as “Breton technology.”

“Using Breton technologies, with the high quality of natural quartz aggregates supplied by European countries, assures the manufacture of the highest-quality slabs,” Nguyen says.

Production is based in Vietnam, a country that many luxury brands turn to for its solid reputation for quality craftsmanship. The location also lowers costs for the final product because of favourable labour costs, and that’s passed on to end users.

Vicostone specializes in the marble look that now dominates in kitchen and bath decor. Most producers focus on monochrome shades of either white, beige or grey. Real- izing that nature has a richer palette, Vico- stone’s designers include subtle streaks of another colour to more closely mimic the original. A white-and-grey marble lookalike may have just a hint of ochre or sienna, for instance. But whether subtle or dramatic, any veining seen on the surface runs through the body of the slab. Which means it will appear on any cut edge showing, just as with real stone.

And trend-wise, there is nothing subtle about veining in marble slabs for 2018. This is reflected in three new products from the Exot- ic Collection, says Nguyen. For high contrast and drama, there is Nero Marquina (BQ8740), a rich black quartz with blazes of white vein- ing. Diamante (BQ8788) is a pale grey quartz streaked with a darker shade; its polished surface adds a sophisticated touch to virtually any monochrome colour scheme. For those who prefer more restrained elegance, there is Cemento (BQ8730), so named because it resembles a trendy concrete surface.

Bigger does not always mean better, espe- cially in the world of design. But jumbo-size slabs — those that measure 65 by 130 inches as opposed to the standard 56 by 120 —are

the exception. “Vicostone offers 29 designs in this size; most of our competitors have only a few,” says Nguyen. This makes it possible to have a kitchen island over 10 feet long without a single seam. Slabs in stock are available in two- and three-centimetre thicknesses, and can be specially ordered in a 1.2-centimetre thickness.

Vicostone surfaces are made to stand the test of time, comprised of up to 93 per cent pure natural quartz aggregates and high-qual- ity polymer resin and pigments. This makes for non-porous surfaces that are resistant to stains, heat and bacteria. The company is ISO-certified for its efforts to minimize en- vironmental impact during production.

Its durable and luxurious products are widely used in everything from kitchen countertops to bathroom shower surrounds and flooring. Vicostone has showrooms in Lachine, Quebec and Vaughan, Ontario. Samples can also be viewed at stone fabrica- tors and kitchen-and-bath centres across the country. “The versatility is amazing—and so is the luxury look,” says Nguyen. 


Friday, June 22, 2018