February Vignette - Feeling the Love

Background:
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Transparent Plywood, Red 4002 (left)
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Transparent Plywood, Red 3020 (right)

Heart, Clockwise Starting at the Bottom:
Durat - 450 
Durat - 150
Kirei - EchoPanel, 576 
IceStone - Morrocan Red 
reSAWN Timber - Shou Sugi Ban, Charred Cladding, Pinku
Kirei - EchoPanel, 258 

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Modern Surfaces Collection Bumps Quartz

Apologies to the hundreds of quartz companies out there peddling Chinese, Indian, and South American quartz, but your days are numbered.  With quartz flooding the market, and fabricators stockpiling containers, private labeling, and bringing in multiple brands without loyalty, the door has opened for alternative materials.  Durat, PaperStone, and IceStone surfaces with recycled content have positioned themselves as the perfect oasis for designers and architects who are drowning in copycat quartz collections. These three brands have partnered to offer durable and beautiful alternatives that have a good backstory as well as a refined palette to make surfacing decisions easy and respectable.  For more information on the collection, or to follow their journey as they roll out the collection, email info@modern-surfaces.com or follow us on instagram @modernsurfaces.

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January Vignette - Fresh Start

From Back to Front:

IceStone - Sapphire Snow 
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Transparent Plywood,White 9003
Kirei - EchoPanel, Striae, 448 
Kirei - EchoPanel, Hex, 444
Durat - Custom color 
Bark House - White Birch Laminate

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December Vignette - Green in 2017

Clockwise From Bottom Left:

Koskisen - KoskiDecor Transparent Plywood, Green 6029
Kirei - EchoPanel, Hexagon Geo Tile, 362
Torzo - Striata Fusion, Turquoise
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Transparent Plywood, Green 6025
Kirei - EchoPanel, 381
reSAWN Timber - Shou Sugi Ban, Yasai
Durat - 800 & 810
Kirei - EchoPanel, Hex 111

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Want to See NEW Surfacing Material in 2017?

Stop by our booth, #S5878, at KBIS and check out our suite of new, unique, modern surfaces that are tailored for the architect and design community to help them Create Better.

Create Better designs.  Create Better spaces. Create Better projects. Come see how we have taken sustainability and beauty and melded them together across economical, creative surfacing options to help you take your designs to the next level. We have products that pop with color, have outstanding durability, and have compelling backstories that will motivate any designer to incorporate them into their next project to truly make a statement.

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October Vignette - Trick or Treat

From Back to Front:

Kirei - Vee Tile, 151
Wonderwall Studios - Jagger 
ReSAWN Timber - Shou Sugi Ban, Charred Cladding, Matsu
Kirei - EchoPanel, Ceremony 554
IceStone - Tuscan Sunset
Durat - 480
Durat - 062

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Orange Is The New White

In this modern mecca of stark white, eye-blasting brightness, we are pleased to see Core Restaurants incorporate orange in its design in three inspiring materials from CaraGreen.  Durat 480 is a bright primary orange that is used for solid surfacing and not only has the highest recycled content in its category, but is seamless, clean and wears well.  Kirei EchoPanel is used for acoustic baffling in color 295 and 151, creates waves on the ceiling for a dramatic, vibrant effect.  ReSawn Timber is used on the walls in color Orenji, which is a charred, brushed cypress with an orange finish that subtly ties the different guests together.  Core restaurants are healthy choose-your-base salad and grain restaurants that cater to the healthier individual consumer who wants a say in what they eat, and wants to feel good about it too. 

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Create Better


      *Visit us at GreenBuild in LA at booth #2711, October 5-6

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August Vignette - Dreaming of Cooler Weather

From Back to Front:

Kirei - Coco Tiles, Java Collection, Yogya White
Wonderwall - Sand
PaperStone - Pewter
IceStone - Denim Moss
Lapitec - Vesuvio, Bianco Polare
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, Blue RAL 5024
Durat - 230

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Three of a Kind

Durat continues to expand its reach into New York and New England with a new distribution partner, IceStone. Complementing its other modern surfaces, Durat solid surface brings an attractive aesthetic unmatched by virtually every other solid surface. Along with PaperStone phenolic composite and its signature IceStone concrete and glass, Durat is NSF certified, has high recycled content and is an essential tool in every design library. For more information on Durat, please contact jessica@duratusa.com.

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This is Solid

Durat’s extensive color palette has proved a versatile tool for designers, and it has now expanded further with the addition of Durat solids.  Minimizing the filler, designers can now use these primary colors and neutrals with an even appearance, as the “speckles” have been removed.  At the request of specifiers, this line was developed to address a segment of the market that did not want the texture that traditional Durat presents.  For sample boxes of Durat solids, please email durat@caragreen.com.

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June Vignette - Summer Summer Summer Time

From Top to Bottom:

Durat - 800
KoskiDecor - Eco Transparent, Yellow 1018
Kirei EchoPanel - 381, 576
reSAWN Timber - Ao
IceStone - Denim Moss
Plyboo - Natural Edge Grain
Tuscan Marble - Arctic White

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Juiced Up

Durat color 810 was chosen as the marquee color for the Juice and Yogurt Bar, Squeeze, in Buffalo, NY. The bright green has proven a perfect substitute for similar colors that have been discontinued in the market. Durat has held fast to its vibrant color pallete and continues to win over design teams looking for a “pop” of color to spruce up a space. Niagara Millwork did the fabrication and install and L2K Associates was the progressive design team responsible for the interior selections. For more information on Durat, email durat@caragreen.com.

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Do Art with Durat

In lieu of a vignette this week, we wanted to flip you a picture of this Durat bird.  “Kuukkeli”, or “The Siberian Jay” by artist Villu Jaanisoo incorporated scrap pieces of Durat to create a one of a kind environmental art piece in Helsinki.   The Helsinki Art Museum served as the art expert on the project.

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Eat in Style - Durat is NSF Certified

Durat has achieved certification under the NSF/ANSI 51 Food Equipment Standard, that classifies the vibrant, European designed solid surface as safe for use in commercial food preparation spaces.  56 Durat colors are currently listed as qualified under the standard at the company’s US facility.

Commercial spaces requiring NSF compliance will benefit from having a solid surface option with the flexibility and extensive color palette of Durat.  For more information email jessica@duratusa.com.

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April Vignette - Brunette

From left to right:
reSawn Timber, Shou Sugi Ban, Tora
Merge Design, Iced Mocha
Durat, 160
PaperStone, Chocolate
Bark House, White Pine
Wonderwall Studios, Springs

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Let’s Make Our Vignettes Great Again

Is this really happening?  Election time is upon us, so let’s join the fray with this bipartisan collection of some of our favorite products on both sides of the aisle. 

From bottom to top:
reSawn Timber, Shou Sugi Ban, Ao & Aka
Durat, 080 & 450
Kirei, EchoPanel, 258

Ring: Durat, 080

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Durat Integrates Seamlessly at Hartley Flats

Another incredible Durat sink installation at Hartley Flats.  With the ability to seamlessly integrate the Durat bowl and sheets together in a finished vanity, Hartley Flats took advantage of Durat’s timeless, modern aesthetic and created an ADA accessible designer vanity with clean lines and a warm texture – achievable only with Durat.  (www.duratusa.com)

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February Vignette - Livin’ in the City

Our whole suite of Modern Surfaces:

Durat
IceStone
Kirei
Merge Design
PaperStone
ReSawn Timber
Torzo

Come Visit!

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January Vignette - Lose Your Marble

From top to bottom:

Durat, 540
Durat, 100
IceStone, White Pearl
IceStone, Alpine White
PaperStone, Pewter
Durat, 030
Durat, 730
PaperStone marble

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Where have all the colors gone?

While quartz continues down its path of rapid commoditization, with multiple Chinese manufacturers copying all the big names in Quartz, the big guys continue to discontinue any vibrant colors and neutralize their palettes, effectively neutralizing the design community.   For vibrant, bright colors, they have to resort to a cheap laid-up laminate.
 
Enter DURAT.
 
Durat offers a sleek, modern set of 70 standard colors.  No murky, muddy tones and random, pebbly aggregates disrupt Durat’s Finnish design aesthetic.  Durat is a designer’s go to material, with clean sophisticated colors that work well for casework, walls, benches and countertops.   For samples of Durat for your next project, please email Meesha@caragreen.com

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December Vignette - Happy Holidays!

Tree: Kirei, EchoPanel, Geometry Tiles, Delta, #362

Star: IceStone, Tuscan Sunset

Ornaments: Durat, #230, #450, #470, #750, #090, #370, #012, #150, #480, #080

Trunk: ReSawn Timber, Shou Sugi Ban, Tora (cypress)

Tree Stand: PaperStone, Evergreen

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A Note of Thanks

Thanks to all of our partners and suppliers that worked to make GreenBuild a success.  It was as much fun as it was work, maybe a little heavy on the fun.  But we loved working with the great network of partners that is making Modern Surfaces come to life.  There are options after granite and quartz, and we are bringing them to you at the right time, the right price and to the right, leading edge design group that wants to get out from under the heavy thumb of the mining industry.  PEACE OF MIND not PIECE OF MINED, we say!

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Durat Debuts on Music Row

Always on the leading edge of design, Tuck Hinton Architects showed their product savvy with the seamless integration of sleek Durat sheets and sinks at 35 Music Square East in Nashville. Sudberry Millwork worked with the matching bowls and sheets to create the modern, timeless aesthetic that Tuck Hinton intended by choosing Durat.  Alston Construction oversaw the 100,000 SF Class A office building development project.  Unlike most solid surface, Durat, with its 70 colors offers a unique option by having matching sinks in any color.   Tuck Hinton used this unique feature to help bring a modern feel to Music Row. 

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October Vignette - Haunted Harvest

From bottom to top:

Kirei Coco Tile, Java Collection, Losari Leather
Durat, 480
IceStone, Gotham Grey
Kirei Echo Panel, Ceremony Print #122
Bark House, Maple Twig
reSawn Timber, Shou Sugi Ban, Hai (cypress)

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There is Life After Granite

Thanks to all who attended our Modern Surfaces webinar on October 8th.  We received great feedback and agreement on the evolution of the surfacing market and the increasing adoption of sustainable materials by the current design contingent (and the waning desire for stone).  Good news for PaperStone, Merge, IceStone and Durat.  To schedule an in person presentation or webinar, please call 919-929-3009. 

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No Junk in Your GreenBuild Trunk

When is a countertop not a countertop?  When it's wearable art.
 
Bucking the trend of logoed pens and water bottles, we have commissioned three renowned artists to create amazing jewelry pieces from our modern surface materials.  Want a chance to win one?  Stop by the "modern surfaces" booth - 4128 - at GreenBuild. 
Email jessica@caragreen.com if you want a scheduled time.

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September Vignette - Fall Fantasy

We are getting our game on this September by recruiting the best lineup of our vibrant autumn colors for this month's vignette.

From bottom to top

Barkhouse, Sanded Poplar, White Birch
IceStone, Amber Pearl
Durat, 110, 450, 480
PaperStone, Cabernet

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Back to School

Our best and brightest deserve the best and brightest – which is why Durat was an obvious choice for so many school projects this year.   One of the schools that opted for this vibrant solid surface and its extensive color palette was Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington DC.  The design firm, cox graae+spack, chose three Durat colors for the project and created a beautiful, inspiring environment for our next generation of inspired minds.

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August Vignette - Endless Summer

From bottom to top:

Durat - 110, 470, 480, and 150
TorZo - Tikeri, Ruby
Kirei - Java Coco Tiles, Babakan Urban and Yogya White
Kirei - Sumatra Coco Tiles, Pulao
TorZo - Orient, Natural
Torzo - Tikeri, Bronze

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July Vignette - Rolling Stones

From bottom to top:
Durat - #110
EcoFusion - Color Fusion Strand Woven Bamboo, Morning Mist
PaperStone - Graphite
PaperStone - Cabernet & Slate (the stones)
IceStone - Amber Pearl
Torzo - Tiikeri, Natural
Durat - #441, #450, & #260


 

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Don’t Go Topless

We now offer a full line of tables and sinks – made in the US.  Whether you are looking for integrated Durat sinks, wall mounted or stand-alone wash basins – we’ve got it.  A selection of Durat sinks is available for your next design in a broad range of neutrals and vibrant colors. See more about Durat sinks here.   
 
In addition, we have formally rolled out our tabletop line – select from a variety of sizes for cocktail, end tables, dining or conference tables in our concrete, composite and solid surface materials.   The options are many and the products are stunning.  We have a standard offering as well as a designer collection.  See more about our tabletop line here.  For more information on either of these product lines email info@caragreen.com.

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The Draw of Durat…

Crayola recently designed a new facility incorporating Durat – a natural choice for the colorful company. Drawing on the extensive color offering from Durat, W2A Design customized the material to make it their own - using a white base and multi-color specks for their conference tables and reception counters. Color options for Durat are endless and the applications for Durat are bound only by the designer’s imagination. See more about Durat sheets here

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Summer Vignette - Fireworks and FIFA

Let's hope Team USA's ladies can kick soccer's reputation up a notch with a win this Independence Day Weekend.


From bottom to top:
Bark House, Standard Poplar
PaperStone, Graphite
IceStone, Cobalt Ice and Sapphire Snow
Durat, 100, 080, 450 and 012 (the ring)

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If You’ve Lost Your Marbles

We know where to find them.  Marbles Children’s Museum in Raleigh, NC has just completed a new portion of the museum using Durat solid surface.   This kid-friendly surface is great for a modern aesthetic as well as vibrant palette of primary and tertiary colors that children love.  It is a natural fit for places that let our kids stay healthy (Children’s Hospitals, Pediatric Offices), learn (schools, learning centers) and in this case, PLAY (museums and activity centers). See more Durat here.

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May Vignette - May Flowers

Stem: Bark House, Maple Pole
Leaves: IceStone, Forest Fern, Sage Pearl, & Denim Moss
Petals: Durat, 450, 150, 100, 090, 480, 370, 910, & 750
Center: EcoFusion, Morning Mist 
Background: Kirei Geometry Tile, 362

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CHECK US OUT - Creative CaraGreen Installations

Splash Back
Durat mixes it up in this creative kitchen, where blue and green were chosen to create a beautiful backsplash and countertop combination.   Polly Bart, President of Greenbuilders Inc. collaborated with her client to create the custom countertop.  She said, “I am a green builder - so Durat’s combination of recycled material with a basic material which doesn’t off gas, doesn’t come from the rainforest, and doesn’t have formaldehyde makes it an obvious choice for me.  I use a lot of local skilled craftsmen; that’s another important part of green for me, and the workability of Durat makes it a natural.  My carpenter had no difficulty and the seams are absolutely invisible and smooth — another plus.”

Polly has definitely earned her stripes with Durat, and will inspire others to get creative as well. 


Photo by Anne Gummerson Architectural Photography

Linville Living
An open and innovative space was designed for the office of Linville, Team, Mossman's daily operations by Stitch Design Shop, out of Winston Salem NC.  The sleek, modern lines of Durat solid surface used at the reception desk and the open office areas create a perfect work surface as well as to maintain the strong visual lines of other architectural elements.  CaraGreen is pleased to offer a suite of products that can help you work productively, while still looking stylish.

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Durat - Made in the USA

While keeping its sleek, modern Finnish design roots, Durat is now being manufactured in the USA.  With an unmatched palette of vibrant colors and custom colors available, Durat holds a unique position in the solid surface space.  Designers are loving the neutral hues and incorporating brighter colors, as well as using the full RAL and Instint color match system.  US-based manufacturing allows for quicker turnaround times on custom samples and shorter lead times for sheet orders. For more information, emaildurat@caragreen.com

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April Vignette - Spring Forward

From bottom to top:
Torzo, Tiikeri, Turquoise
Durat, 750
Durat, 364
Bark House, White Pine
MergeDesign, ecoX, Buscuit 

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Durat’s Debut at Hattiloo

Hattiloo Theatre opened its new performance hall in Memphis, TN, and featured Durat as a sleek, modern surface for their ticketing area.  Archimania, a local Memphis architecture firm designed the interior space with a clean, modern look on the interior and exterior of the building.

Stephanie Wexler from Archimania chose Durat for the beautiful color range and subtle texture and says, “It was perfect for this application because Durat fit the aesthetic while also being a durable and repairable material that wouldn’t have to be replaced over time.”

So, next time you are in Memphis, swing in to see a Hattiloo performance, and to see our top performer, Durat.

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March Vignette - March Madness: NC in the Sweet 16

From back to front:

Durat, 450 
Plyboo, Reveal Panel, C9
IceStone, Sky Pearl
Kirei, EchoPanel, 273

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Beyond the Surface: Our latest course on what is next for sustainable products

CaraGreen has launched its latest Continuing Education course, Beyond the Surface: a look at modern surfacing options in 2015 and beyond. The course looks at trends in surfacing and provides the design community with options and alternatives to traditional materials.   For architects and designers looking for that new material that makes a statement, this is the course for you.  The course is eligible for one AIA HSW LU.  Please contact us to schedule a time at: kim@caragreen.com.

beyond_the_surface

 

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February Vignette - Award Season

Bottom:
Striped Durat Top - take a seat with this cool, winter striped Durat stool

Top:
Standing Ovation - Durat, available in 70 colors, this material stands up to the competition,it is no winter wonder that this one is a winner!

February Vignette

 

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Book an Event with CaraGreen

It is not easy to remember everything that CaraGreen carries, so we offer refreshers in the following formats, schedule yours today (kim@caragreen.com):

-  Product showcase at your location
-  Hosted visit at our showroom
-  Webex event
-  AIA CE course, GBCI CE course (call for options)

As a quick refresher, our lines extend from the floor to the ceiling – the whole sustainable interior envelope – and include:

SURFACING

-  PaperStone
-  Merge Design
-  IceStone
-  Durat
-  TorZo

FLOORING

-  ECOfusion flooring
-  BABA flooring
-  Plyboo flooring

WALLS

-  Kirei EchoPanel
-  BarkHouse
-  Kirei board
-  Plyboo plywood
-  UltraTouch insulation
-  TorZo surfaces

Caragreen Swatches

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Durat wins Gold

Durat modern solid surface wins the ADEX award for Best Products of 2015!   Taking solid surface to the next level, Durat combines high design with a sleek look to create competitive solid surface material which designers can use to innovate and create unique, inspiring spaces.  Boasting nearly 30% recycled content, Durat modern solid surface also gets a checkmark for respecting the environment.  Want to be inspired by a winner?  Request your samples today at durat@caragreen.com or call 919.929.3009.

Durat ADEX

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November Vignette - Fa la la la…fun + sustainable materials!

From bottom to top:
Durat, color #810
Torzo, Denim
Durat, color #910
Kirei EchoPanel, color #258 and #362

November Vignette 2014

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August Vignette - Back to School

From bottom to top:
Durat, Recycled Solid Surface #090 & #054
Plyboo, Reveal Panel C11
PaperStone, Panel in Evergreen
IceStone, Recycled glass countertop in Cobalt Ice

Back to School

 

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June Vignette - Let’s Go To The Beach!

From bottom to top:
Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #090
Oceanside, Recycled glass tile in Tide Non-Iridescent
Paperstone, Compressed paper panel in Denim
Icestone, Concrete and recycled glass countertop in Denim Moss
ECOfusion, Vertical grain bamboo veneer in Natural

June Vignette

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And to Top it Off – Durat Tabletops in any color (sinks and tubs too!)

 

Love the Durat color options?  These are all available in sinks, tubs and tabletops as well.  Some of the most luxurious hotel bathrooms are home to some beautiful Durat tubs and sinks.  Why not look at these for your next project?  Bright reds, blues, vibrant whites and neutral colors with Durat’s proprietary “speckled” texture can add beautiful design elements to any space. 
Check out the collection here 
Email any questions to durat@caragreen.com
custom durat

 

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May Vignette - Lush Greens and Sunny Skies

From bottom to top:
Oceanside, Hexagon tile in Olive Non-Iridescent
Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #110
TorZo, Orient panel in Natural
Paperstone, panel in Evergreen
Icestone, Recycled glass countertop in Forest Fern

May Vignette

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Durat Earns its Stripes

Designers impressed us again with this creative installation of Durat solid surface sheets to make a counter that serves as a centerpiece at an Energy Services Provider in Houston. Strips of five different Durat colors were fabricated together to create the intricate pattern for the furniture. The seamless transitions, varying colors and thicknesses emphasize the flexibility of the Durat sheet goods and the endless configuration and design combinations. For questions and inquiries on Durat in your area, contact Lisa@caragreen.com

Durat Stripes

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Durat Custom Colors

Can’t find the color you want? - Customize!  We see so many amazing, creative installations of Durat using the 70 standard vibrant colors.  But did you know we can customize colors?  Send us a swatch or a paint chip, and we can customize a color to your specific needs.  Whether it is company branding, University colors or themed restaurants and amusement parks – the color possibilities are endless.  If the 70 existing colors don’t meet your needs – customize, and start creating with Durat solid surface.

Call or email today if you would like samples of Durat or more information on the custom color program.  For more information on custom color options, email durat@caragreen.com

Custom Durat

 

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Spring Cleaning

The focus of the design community on mitigating waste has resulted in interest in less “sample heavy” design libraries.  We hear you!  We have color cards that capture the aesthetics and color palette for most of our products and offer these in lieu of bulky sample boxes when requested.  A library “refresh” is more of a “clean out” for a lot of firms, as materials change.  If you would like any color cards for Durat, Meld, BarkHouse, PaperStone, EcoFusion, or TorZo, please let us know and we can drop them off or email them to your firm.

Please email info@caragreen.com or call 919.929.3009 with any requests.

Color Cards

 

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What Happens in Vegas…

We will be showcasing Durat at the HD Expo in Las Vegas.  This event is the premier event for the Hospitality industry and runs from May 14-16.  We will have many Durat creations on display, including the flagship solid surfacing, available in 70 different, vibrant shades, and creative uses including table tops, tubs, and integrated sinks.  If you are in the area, stop by and say hello.  We will provide a recap of our experiences with the show and the reception of Durat by the leaders in the hotel industry.

Durat Booth

 

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Durat and CaraGreen to exhibit at HD Expo May 14-16

We are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the premier tradeshow for the hospitality industry:  HD Expo in Las Vegas, May 14-16. Durat will have a booth at the show with an exciting display of its extensive colors and design options, ideally suited for the attendees of this event. With over 70 vibrant colors, what better place than Las Vegas to show it all and let imaginations go wild.

HD Expo Logo

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March Vignette - Dreaming of Spring

From bottom to top:
Durat Recycled Solid Surface, 054
Bark House, Poplar Panel
PaperStone, Pewter
Bark House, Twig
Durat Recycled Solid Surface, 800

Dreaming of Spring

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February Vignette - Wintry Mix

From bottom to top: 
-Meld EcoX,#70 Natural.  Hand crafted concrete with recycled glass
-EcoFusion, Natural vertical bamboo veneer.
-Bark House, White Birch panel
-Oceanside Glass Tile, Tessera, White in iridescent. 
-Durat Recycled Solid Surface,  760, 910, 100 (top to bottom)

wintry mix

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In the Hunt for Durat

Our previous newsletter highlighted the use of Durat’s brilliant red integrated sinks and countertops in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on N.C. State University's Centennial Campus. The library recently won an award for being one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The Hunt library ranked 14th according tobestvalueschools.com. Libraries were judged for internal and external appearance and amenities. With over 70 vibrant Durat colors available, the architect and designers involved with the project were able to find exactly what they needed. See our previous post here.  Please call 919-929-3009 or emailBarbara@caragreen.com for samples of Durat.

hunt durat red sink

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January Vignette - Radiant Orchid

This vignette was inspired by Pantone's 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid. From bottom to top:
-TorZo Hemp Acrylic Infused Panel, Onyx
-EcoFusion Strand Woven Color Fusion Bamboo Flooring, Morning Mist
-Oceanside Glasstile, Tessera, Shadow
-Meld Luxe Hand Crafted Concrete with Recycled Glass, #83 Graphite
-Durat Recycled Solid Surface, 750

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Judy Lawrence Joins CaraGreen as Sales Representative for New England

CaraGreen welcomes Judy Lawrence as our new sales representative for New England. Judy brings 26 years of experience to our team. As a manufacturer’s sales representative in the A & D community, Judy’s mission has long been to bring clients and manufacturers together. Judy represents a range of interior products including architectural glass, recycled wood products, Australian wool textiles, and now CaraGreen’s
sustainable portfolio, including Durat, EcoFusion, Meld, and Bark House. This gives Judy a diversified mix of innovative products to share with firms. Judy enjoys, and excels at, assembling creative product presentations and keeping pace with the ever-changing design industry. If you’re in the New England area, contact Judy for samples and info on CaraGreen products.


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Best of 2013

Installations - The Rank House
The Rank House used EcoFusion Color Fusion Bamboo Floors from CaraGreen and generated tons of buzz. It won the 2013 Matsumoto Prize and was featured on ArchDaily.

Tradeshows - NeoCon
CaraGreen exhibited at NeoCon in Chicago and received an enthusiastic response from architects and designers on our portfolio of sustainable materials. This year we’re headed to HD Expo in Las Vegas in May!

Best Vignette
We’ve declared a tie between March’s Cherry Blossom and December’s Starry Night. View the sustainable materials that make up these vignettes on our blog.

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December Vignette - Starry Night

From bottom to top:

-Durat Recycled Solid Surface, 054
-EcoFusion Strandwoven Color Fusion Bamboo Veneer, Crushed Wheat
-TorZo Orient Recycled Wood Acrylic Infused Panel, Sapphire
-Bark House White Birch Bark Panel
-Meld Luxe Hand Crafted Concrete with Recycled Glass, Biscuit

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October Vignette - Evergreen

From bottom to top:
-Oceanside Tessera Hexagon glass tiles, Xanadu Non-Iridescent, #140
-TorZo Tiikeri Recycled Sorghum Panel, Turquoise
-ECOfusion Strandwoven Weathered Wood Flooring
-Oceanside Casa 4x8 field tile, Moonstone Matte
-Meld Xposed Hand Crafted Concrete, Caper
-Durat Recycled Solid Surface, 190

 

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August Vignette - Earthen

From bottom to top:
-Bark House Yellow Birch Panel
-ECOfusion Color Fusion Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring, Stormy Night
-TorZo Parda Recycled Wood Panel, Cocoa
-Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #760
-Oceanside Recycled Glass Tile, Cane Iridescent

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NeoCon’s Most Popular Products

 

In June, CaraGreen exhibited at NeoCon in Chicago. We were pleased to meet many architects and designers who were enthusiastic about our sustainable product portfolio. Here were our top showstoppers...

1 - Bark House Poplar Panels - columns supporting our table were clad in Poplar bark and their pure and natural aesthetic charmed many designers.
2 - Durat Bath Tub - Our bright green Durat tub was a showstopper. When admirers learned it was available in over 60 colors, we saw the design wheels turning.
3 - TorZo Tiikeri Sapphire - The unique look of TorZo Tiikeri in a brilliant blue color appealed to those seeking an exotic, refined, and durable material.
4 - ECOfusion Strand Woven Eucalyptus Flooring - Eucalyptus flooring was new to many showgoers. ECOfusion revealed two beautiful new stained eucalyptus flooring colors at the show, a white and dark brown.

For more information on any of these materials, contact us.

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CaraGreen Headed to NeoCon with Durat, ECOfusion, & TorZo

CaraGreen will be exhibiting Durat, ECOfusion and TorZo at NeoCon in Chicago, June 10-12. NeoCon is North America's largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, providing over 40,000 architecture and design professionals with CEU-accredited seminars, quality keynote speakers and more than 700 showrooms and exhibitors. CaraGreen's booth will feature a Durat tub, sink and table top, both horizontal and vertical applications of TorZo, and ECOfusion strand woven bamboo flooring. We're on the 8th floor, booth 8-1110. Please stop by and see us if you plan to be at the show!

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April Vignette - Pollen

Love it or hate it, it's descended upon us - signaling spring and flourishing plant life.
From bottom to top:
-TorZo Hemp Recycled Hemp Panel, Natural
-ECOFusion Engineered Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring, Natural
-Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #110
-TorZo Durum Recycled Wheat Panel, Natural
-Meld ecoX Handcrafted Concrete and Recycled Glass Slabs, Buttercup
-Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #090
-Bark House Twig

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March Vignette - Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom Materials Vignette

Trees are beginning to flower and the National Cherry Blossom Festival is just a couple of weeks away. Here's how to bring that spring spirit indoors. From left to right:

-Bark House Pin Cherry Panel
-TorZo Orient Recycled Wood Panel, Ruby
-Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #150
-Meld luxe Handcrafted Concrete and Recycled Glass Slabs, Natural
-ECOFusion Solid Lock Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring, Frost

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February Vignette - Here Comes The Sun

The doldrums of winter have us dreaming of basking in warmth and sun. From back to front:
-TorZo Orient Recycled Wood Panel, Natural
-Meld Xposed Handcrafted Concrete Slabs, Saddleback
-Oceanside Recycled Glass Tile, Tessera, Meringue
-Bark House Yellow Birch Panel
-EcoFusion Strand Wood Eucalyptus Flooring, Strawgrass
-Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #620

February Vignette - Here Comes The Sun

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November Vignette - Farewell to Fall

Less than a month left of fall! This vignette embodies the colors of the season and the warmth we're clinging to.
-Bark House, Sanded Poplar Panel
-Oceanside Glasstile, Tessera Mosaics Recycled Glass Tile, Harvest Iridescent
-TorZo Tiikeri, Bronze
-Meld Luxe, Handcrafted Concrete and Recycled Glass Slabs, Slate
-Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #730

November Vignette, Farewell to Fall

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October Vignette - Witchy

Our Halloween-inspired vignette from back to front:
-Meld Micro, Handcrafted Concrete and Recycled Glass Slabs, Uber Black
-Bark House, White Birch Bark Laminate Panel
-Eco-Terr Tile, Bergamo Black
-Durat, Recycled Solid Surface, #730
-Oceanside Glasstile, Tessera Mosaics Recycled Glass Tile, Pewter Iridescent

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Durat Launches Ready-To-Go Tabletop Program

Durat is lanching a new tabletop program at NeoCon East. Durat tables will be made from their signature sustainable solid surface material, which contains 30% post-industrial recycled plastic. Durat collects the recycled material, which would otherwise end up in landfills. And, Durat is 100% recyclable at the end of its long life.

Designers can choose from Durat’s spectrum of over 60 vibrant colors. And, custom tints are available. Tops come in round, square and rectangular shapes. Numerous popular sizes are available in each shape and custom sizes are also available. All tabletops have a 1 1/2” edge thickness and a 3/4” plywood substrate.

Easy maintenance and hard-wearing properties make Durat tabletops ideal for public spaces, like restaurants, offices, and schools. Durat is resistant to wear, humidity, and various kinds of chemicals and spills. Durat is microbial-resistant, making it good for food service, healthcare and children’s facilities. And, Durat can be renewed with slight sanding. For more information on Durat Tabletops, contact us.

Durat Tabletops

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A Visual Journey Through NC State’s New Hunt Library

We recently visited the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library at NCSU to see Durat vanities that CaraGreen provided for the bathrooms. The building is the work of two architecture firms: Pearce, Brinkley, Cease + Lee and Snohetta. Upon arriving, we marveled at its modern architecture with a glass and metal exterior that stands out amid a campus of traditional brick buildings. More than the facade distinguishes this library though, which is designed to be sustainable (they’re tracking LEED Silver), technologically advanced, and to foster collaboration.

When you enter Hunt Library, there’s not a book in sight. Yet, it houses nearly two million tomes that can be delivered to you within minutes via bookBot. You may not even realize this anomaly because of the architectural eye candy that abounds. A brilliant yellow monumental staircase cascades through the lobby amidst a field of white. Just around the stairs, there’s a glass wall that overlooks a mass of steel boxes that span multiple floors. This is the heart of the library, the inner workings where those two million books reside. Roaming the library, the expert use of color, lighting, and sustainable practices impress.

Color is used powerfully. Large blocks of yellow, teal, purple, green, and red interrupt expanses of whites and neutrals. Intensity is achieved through placement, repetition and continuity. For instance, all monumental staircases in the building are yellow and all elevator cores are teal. The yellow stairs have yellow treads, risers, handrails, and sidewalls. Elevator cores are teal and when the elevators open, they are clad in glass that has been back-painted in the same teal giving a seamless color experience. Project Architect, Shann Rushing, from Pearce, Brinkley, Cease + Lee, shared with us that when they saw Durat, they immediately fell in love with it for its colors and shape ability. They also liked that Durat was a visual way to show their sustainability goals with its exposed recycled plastic chips. Durat vanities with integral oval sinks were ordered in both bright red and pale gray for all of the library’s bathrooms.

After color, the linear lighting used throughout the space, stands out as another brazen design element. It dashes along ceilings yielding energy and movement. And, in a more intimate reading room, long light rods hang from the ceiling, giving ambience. On the backside of the yellow stairwell in the lobby, LED lights zigzag up the shape of the stairs like racing stripes.

Sustainability is integral to the building’s design. Solar blades clad the exterior and allow natural light in while mitigating glare and heat gain. Lights are on sensors, which detect both daylight and occupancy to help reduce energy. LED lights are used. A Smart Mechanical System uses radiant heating and cooling versus forced air.  All rainwater is collected and filtered through landscaped rain gardens to help minimize stormwater impact on the environment. The gardens are filled with indigenous plants. There’s a green roof and trellises for vines to cover select areas of the exterior. And finish materials contain natural and recycled materials, such as the Durat, Marmoleum floors, and pavers made from concrete and recycled brick.
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Durat Featured in September Issue of UK Elle Decoration

Durat is featured in the September issue of UK Elle Decoration in the "Material Matters" section. The article focuses on materials used in kitchens and states "the materials you choose are vital to making the hardest-working room in the house function efficiently." The collage of materials above from the magazine features Durat in colors 030 and 730 as a worktop option with recycled content. The article gives this advice when selecting a countertop material:

-Establish what you want in a surface and familiarize yourself with the look and properties of different materials
-Research maintenance of materials (Durat requires no sealing, it's stain resistant, and scratches can be buffed out)
-Choose materials according to the task they'll be used for (ex. use a non-porous material, like Durat, around sink)
-Consider thickness, some materials can be built up to achieve a monolithic look, others can be ultra thin. (Durat can be either)
-Set aside as much of your budget as you can afford for the worktop, as it is the most used part of your kitchen.

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Durat to Exhibit at NeoCon East October 17-18

The rendering above is a sneak peek at Durat's colorful booth which will be on display at NeoCon East this year. Held in Baltimore, MD on October 17th and 18th, NeoCon East is the premier design exposition and conference for commercial interiors on the East Coast. Durat’s booth will explore the versatility of the sustainable solid surface material from form to color. A vanity with sink, tub, tabletop, and seamed sheets will all be part of the display, along with samples of the spectrum of colors Durat comes in. Durat will join over 250 exhibitors showcasing the latest interior products and innovations in the market. If you plan to be at the show, please stop by and see the booth!

Durat booth design by Cassy Lindahl and SitzerSpuria Studios
To be produced by SitzerSpuria Inc

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Durat & Oceanside Glasstile Used in Eco-Friendly Kitchen Renovation

When Stacy Glass, a design-conscious environmentalist, and Jeff Glass, a function-conscious engineer, set-out to renovate the woefully outdated kitchen of their 1939 home, material choices were enthusiastically scrutinized. The couple sought to promote harmony and flow between the kitchen and living space and the dense forest setting of their home. Health and safety, sustainability, and modern clean aesthetics were all of utmost importance.
 
They decided to keep the original kitchen footprint, plaster walls, and brick chimney, but removed walls to open up the kitchen to the living space. Steel with 75% recycled content was used to support the new openings. For millwork, they chose regional reclaimed walnut. Cabinets were constructed with urea-formaldehyde free plywood. Low or No VOC adhesives, caulk, grout, and paint were used throughout. For countertops, they landed on Durat recycled solid surface in creamy color #760 to contrast the walnut cabinetry. Durat has a warm silky feel, it’s durable and microbial-resistant, contains 30% recycled content and is recyclable at the end of its life, so it met all of their qualifications. For a backsplash, Oceanside recycled glass tile was used in color Cane Iridescent which lends some shimmer to the space. All appliances are Energy Star Certified and their prized Liebherr refrigerator was clad in reclaimed walnut to blend in with the rest of the walnut millwork. LED lights, the most energy and environmentally friendly option, were used in the ceilings and under cabinet. And, they selected a low flow, aerated faucet to conserve water and reduce monthly utility bills.
 
The resulting new kitchen is a beautiful eco-friendly marriage of both form and function that embodies the natural setting of the home and honors the original architecture.

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July Vignette - Thunderstruck

Like a summer thunderstorm, this vignette is both intense and mellowing. From left to right:
-TorZo Hemp, Recycled and Rapidly Renewable Hemp Fiber Sheets, Onyx
-Durat, recycled solid surface, color 190, a minty green
-Oceanside Glasstile, Muse mosaics, Moonstruck #287
-Meld Micro, Handcrafted Concrete and Recycled Glass Slabs, Woods #158

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CaraGreen Welcomes New York Representative, Diane Zabiela

Diane Zabiela, of Ethos Sustainable Finishes, will now represent Durat and Meld in the New York market. Diane is a seasoned interior designer with an extensive career in commercial and residential design in both the domestic and international arena. Educated in New York City, she practiced her trade there for many years and more recently in the Philadelphia area. Diane has been passionate about environmental issues from early on in her academic education and throughout her professional career. She has been an advocate for incorporating sustainable building materials in projects. And, now she will segue into representing these products to the A&D community. If you're in New York and would like more information on Durat or Meld, please contact Diane.

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Durat, Meld, and TorZo to be part of Curated Materials Exhibit at Neocon

Durat, Meld, and TorZo have all been selected to take part in the Interiors & Sources Materials Pavilion at NeoCon happening in Chicago June 11th-13th. In this exhibit hundreds of material samples will be displayed side-by-side, with details on their origin, makeup and recommended applications. This experiential, educational exhibit is curated by design historian and materials specialist Grace Jeffers. The exhibit will be on the 8th floor of the Merchandise Mart, 8-3130. The Interiors & Sources Materials Pavilion will be hosting educational exhibits and sponsoring CEU presentations. TorZo will also have a booth at Neocon, 7-7038, which will show their latest innovations. If you’re planning to be at Neocon, we invite you to visit both of these exhibits, browse, ask questions and get inspired!

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April Vignette - Nest

Twigs, leaves, bits of string and plastic, all make their way into nests to provide structure and softness. This vignette mimics that through materials with a dash of robin's egg blue. From back to front:
-Barkhouse Sanded Poplar Panels
-TorZo Tiikeri Recycled Sorghum Straw Sheets, Turquoise
-Meld Micro Recycled Glass and Concrete Slabs, Saddleback
-Durat recycled solid surface for horizontal or vertical surfaces, color 280

Nest of Sustainable Materials

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March Vignette - Daffodil

Spring is here and daffodils were among the first flowers to sprout and bloom. Just like the flower, this palette is simple and cheerful. Materials from back to front:
-TorZo Orient recycled wood sheets for horizontal and vertical surfaces, Natural
-Meld Luxe recycled glass and concrete countertops, Natural
-Durat recycled solid surface for horizontal or vertical surfaces, colors 800 & 090

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Durat Releases New Colors for 2012

Durat has added two colors to their paint box of recycled solid surface material. The first is #310, a brilliant yellow reminiscent of honey, saffron, and school buses. And the other is #370, a turquoise evoking images of peacocks and pools. Durat offers over 70 vibrant colors. If you still can’t find the exact hue you need, custom colors are available. Click here for more information on Durat.

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January Vignette - Clean Slate

Each new year feels like a clean slate to fill however we choose. This palette is clean and balancing with neutral whites and grays in assorted textures. It combines materials that could be used for casework, walls, and countertops. Materials from back to front:

-Eco-Gres Asia recycled porcelain tile, Waterloo White
-Meld Micro recycled glass and concrete countertops, Concrete
-Bark House Laminate panels, White Birch
-Durat recycled solid surface for horizontal or vertical surfaces, color 910

 

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Durat, Meld, and TorZo Surfaces Used In EMD Chemicals’ Building As They Pursue LEED Gold

EMD Chemicals’ new corporate office in Philadelphia, PA, designed by L2Partridge architecture and interiors, is seeking LEED Gold certification. The space features a number of sustainable finishes, including Durat solid surface, Meld Micro concrete, and TorZo Tiikeri panels. Durat color 540, a warm gray, was used in a café and was fabricated by Giffin Interior & Fixture. Meld Micro Natural #70 was used for tops in the main lobby and was fabricated by BC Stone. And, Torzo Tiikeri Onyx was used for both pocket doors to the main conference rooms off the lobby and prominent cabinetry and was also fabricated by Giffin. These progressive materials were selected for their strong sustainability profiles, contribution to LEED, durability, and modern aesthetic. Our Philadelphia rep, Ethos Sustainable Finishes, worked closely with the architect and contractors on the space and shared these pictures with us.

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CaraGreen TV Launches on YouTube

CaraGreen TV is now on YouTube! Our first video tests if red wine will stain Durat solid surface material (spoiler alert, it doesn't). In the video, CaraGreen's own Barbara Ford, Inside Sales Manager, makes the stain disappear with a little elbow grease. And, the video is filmed in a gorgeous kitchen that has Durat countertops. To watch it, click here. We welcome your video test ideas, email us.

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Introducing Monthly Material Vignettes - November Rain

This palette soothes the senses with its cool aqueous tones and restful grays.

It combines materials that could be used for flooring, casework, and countertops.

Materials from back to front:
-EcoTimber EcoBamboo Woven flooring, Silver Lining
-Meld Micro recycled glass and concrete countertops, Concrete
-TorZo Tiikeri recycled sorghum straw sheets for casework or flooring, Emerald
-Bio-Glass 100% recycled glass sheets for horizontal or vertical surfaces, Oriental Jade
-Durat recycled solid surface for horizontal or vertical surfaces, color 202
For more information on these materials, contact us.

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Durat Comes With 15-Year Warranty

Durat solid surface is known for its exceptional color palette, all around beauty, and strong sustainability profile. Durat also boasts a 15-year warranty, which is among the best in the industry. This warranty accompanies all sales of Durat sheet and shape goods (sinks, tubs, shower trays). Durat has a second 5-year warranty on products they fabricate, such as vanities with integral sinks. Both warranties signify the company’s commitment to durability and longevity. To learn more about Durat and download the warranties, visit the Durat's product page.

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CaraGreen Welcomes New DC Area Representative, Ann Kerstetter

Ann Kerstetter of A Materials Konnection, Inc. (AMK) has joined CaraGreen as our product representative in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Ann found her way to the design world after first majoring in Elementary Education at Penn State University and then working for a major airline for six years. Neither the classroom or the friendly skies could touch her unwavering passion for interior design, and she eventually returned to school for it. Ann worked as a Resource Manager for seven large A & D firms during the day while going to school in the evenings. In her position as Resource Manager, Ann interacted with sales representatives on a daily basis and determined she wanted to stay on the sales side of business. Ann founded AMK, Inc. in 2004 to represent select manufacturers that offer innovative, high design products. Ann will help CaraGreen raise awareness for Durat solid surface and Meld concrete in the DC area and provide personalized service to architects and designers. If you are in the DC area and would like more information on Durat or Meld, please contact Ann.

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Dacusville Elementary School Uses Eco-Friendly Durat

Dacusville Elementary school in Easley, SC features Durat solid surface as an interior finish. Initial project photos are of a round media center desk, which demonstrates the thermoforming capabilities of Durat. The school was designed by architecture firm LS3P Associates LTD in Columbia, SC, who selected whimsical light blue and brilliant red Durat for the job. The general contractor is Bowen & Watson out of Georgia. And, the millworker is B &H Millwork in High Point, NC. The school has Energy Star certification and will open this fall. Stay tuned for additional photos of Durat in this school, as well as nearby Chastain Elementary. For more information on Durat, or to request samples, contact us.

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Brixx Pizza Remodels with Custom Durat Tabletops

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in the historic Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte, NC commissioned 21 custom Durat tabletops for their space. The Dilworth restaurant was the original Brixx location, which opened in 1998, and the tables were part of a remodel of the space. They selected Durat color 260, a soft cream, which serves as a backdrop for warm, bright colors used as accents throughout the space. Leslie Povall from Tobin Starr + Partners, the architect on the project, told CaraGreen that the tables looked fantastic and “Durat is truly a special material and it created the interesting and tactile nature we wanted the table to evoke.”
 
CaraGreen is getting ready to deliver Durat tabletops for two additional Brixx locations in Gastonia, NC and Woodbridge, VA. And, another store is getting started in Clear Springs, TN. As Brixx expands in the SE over the next few years, CaraGreen will continue to work with them and provide custom Durat tops for their restaurants.
 
Durat is easy to maintain and extremely durable, making it ideal for commercial applications. Durat is available in more than 70 vibrant colors and custom colors can be tinted to order. Durat has the capability to create custom works, either by creating custom molds or fabricating their sheet goods, to efficiently meet the exact needs of projects. And, the material contains 30% recycled content, is 100% recyclable, and can contribute to LEED credits. 

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Pink Durat Countertops Bring Artist’s Aesthetic to Kitchen

Artist Sharon Knettell paints beautiful dancers with the skill of a master. After seeing her exquisite images, the fact that she just remodeled her kitchen with pink Durat countertops, from CaraGreen, makes perfect sense. Her kitchen is another medium for her to impart her artistic vision. Sharon did all the design work, research, and floor plan for the space. She told us that she caught a lot of grief for the color from people in the business. She heard, “it’s so bubblegum” and “Barbie, think of the resale value”. But now, everyone who sees it loves it.

Sharon said, “When I first was planning the kitchen I knew I wanted something modern and striking, but the design had to respect the architecture of the house, a 1905 New England carriage house in Woonsocket, RI. Ultra-modern Sleek Italian design would not cut it. I love black and white and the sharp contrast, gives, I think, a more contemporary edge to the traditional Shaker cabinets. The kitchen is galley shaped, and the bottom black cabinets visually recede making the space appear bigger. The counter therefore had to be an element that bridged the gap between the strong contrasts. I did not want all the usual suspects - neutrals, plain white or something as overused and boring as granite. Seeing Durat 150 pink was a eureka moment. Perfect! I love pink. It was not a coral pink or grey beige pink, but a lovely cool raspberry pink. I am a painter so perfect color is important to me. I also researched the quality of the material and found that it was highly regarded.” Sharon uses the kitchen heavily and says the counters are great for rolling out dough. The material resists stains and cleans easily.  And, “it always looks fresh and bright – a joy in the morning”.  The fact that Durat is sustainable and contains 30% recycled content and is 100% recyclable is a bonus.

Contractor - Ocean State Property Services
Back splash and wall glass mosaics - Bisazza
Black and white cabinetry - Crown Point Cabinetry
Range hood - Kobe Range Hoods
Sink - Elkay Avado Undermount Sink | EFRU3219
Stove - GE Appliances
Stacked washer and dryer - LG
Faucet and dish liquid dispenser - Hansgrohe
Refrigerator - Jenn-Aire
Dishwasher - Whirlpool
White German porcelain cockatoo , 'Earle' - Ebay

For more information on Durat, which comes in over 60 color choices, contact usdurat kitchen by artist sharon knettell.

 

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Visual Studies Initiative at Duke Creates Durat Bench To Mirror Logo

The Visual Studies Initiative at Duke University converted their logo into benches made of Durat. The logo, which was designed by Chair, Hans Van Miegroet, is a colored barcode design. After a steering committee member saw Durat’s Raita bench in a magazine, the striking resemblance to The Visual Studies Initiative logo got them thinking the benches would be a great addition to their space. The idea gained momentum and CaraGreen worked with Durat and Duke to facilitate the custom order. Rachael Brady, co-director of the initiative, put the logo into Photosho p, pixelated it, counted the relative width of the stripes, and made it into a spreadsheet that was given to Durat for manufacturing. With Durat’s extensive color selection, the logo colors were easy to match. To efficiently ship the benches, both in regards to cost and carbon emissions, eight Durat bench tops were ordered without the bases. Duke opted to have the bases made by a local metalsmith, Leo Gaev, who was able to replicate Durat’s design.

The benches are installed at their two facilities, one of which is an old warehouse, and the modern aesthetic complements its urban industrial feel. The benches are also functional for the space, which is bustling with students. The durable material is easily cleaned. Rachael Brady told CaraGreen that the benches “helped the branding of the department and had been extremely well received.”

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The Visual Studies Initiative at Duke University converted their logo into benches made of Durat. The logo, which was designed by Chair, Hans Van Miegroet, is a colored barcode design. After a steering committee member saw Durat’s Raita bench in a magazine, the striking resemblance to The Visual Studies Initiative logo got them thinking the benches would be a great addition to their space. The idea gained momentum and CaraGreen worked with Durat and Duke to facilitate the custom order. Rachael Brady, co-director of the initiative, put the logo into Photosho p, pixelated it, counted the relative width of the stripes, and made it into a spreadsheet that was given to Durat for manufacturing. With Durat’s extensive color selection, the logo colors were easy to match. To efficiently ship the benches, both in regards to cost and carbon emissions, eight Durat bench tops were ordered without the bases. Duke opted to have the bases made by a local metalsmith, Leo Gaev, who was able to replicate Durat’s design.  The benches are installed at their two facilities, one of which is an old warehouse, and the modern aesthetic complements its urban industrial feel. The benches are also functional for the space, which is bustling with students. The durable material is easily cleaned. Rachael Brady told CaraGreen that the benches “helped the branding of the department and had been extremely well received.”  For samples of Durat or more information on custom Durat furniture, contact us.The Visual Studies Initiative at Duke University converted their logo into benches made of Durat. The logo, which was designed by Chair, Hans Van Miegroet, is a colored barcode design. After a steering committee member saw Durat’s Raita bench in a magazine, the striking resemblance to The Visual Studies Initiative logo got them thinking the benches would be a great addition to their space. The idea gained momentum and CaraGreen worked with Durat and Duke to facilitate the custom order. Rachael Brady, co-director of the initiative, put the logo into Photosho p, pixelated it, counted the relative width of the stripes, and made it into a spreadsheet that was given to Durat for manufacturing. With Durat’s extensive color selection, the logo colors were easy to match. To efficiently ship the benches, both in regards to cost and carbon emissions, eight Durat bench tops were ordered without the bases. Duke opted to have the bases made by a local metalsmith, Leo Gaev, who was able to replicate Durat’s design.  The benches are installed at their two facilities, one of which is an old warehouse, and the modern aesthetic complements its urban industrial feel. The benches are also functional for the space, which is bustling with students. The durable material is easily cleaned. Rachael Brady told CaraGreen that the benches “helped the branding of the department and had been extremely well received.”  For samples of Durat or more information on custom Durat furniture, contact us.durat bench at duke visual studies initiativedurat bench at duke visual studies initiativedurat bench at duke visual studies initiativedurat bench at duke visual studies initiative

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Durat in First LEED Certified New York Public Library in Manhattan

Durat solid surface material was used in The Battery Park City Branch of the New York Public Library. This LEED Gold facility is the first LEED certified branch in Manhattan. It is 11,000 SQFT and anchors the first two floors of the city’s greenest residential high-rise to date. 1100 Architects designed the open and bright space, which provides a welcoming environment for the public.
 
Durat’s playful colors and sustainability profile made the material fitting for the project and it was used for the shells of bookcases as well as worktops. Blue, orange, green, and white sheets were fabricated into brilliant modern furniture by Dimaio Millwork. Durat contains 30% recycled content and is 100% recyclable.
 
The branch houses a collection of over 23,000 items, separate reading areas for children, young adults, and adults, a multipurpose programming space, and access to 36 public computers. “This project illustrates the possibilities for a new urban future that incorporates environmental responsibility with the type of vibrant and dynamic design that enriches the public sphere.” says 1100 Architects website and we couldn’t agree more.

For more information on Durat or to receive samples, contact us.

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Durat Glows at The Art Institute of Chicago’s Terzo Piano Restaurant

Terzo Piano Restaurant, located within the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago, used Durat tabletops in its elegant and predominantly white design. Durat, available through CaraGreen, is a solid surface material that contains at least 30% recycled content and is 100% recyclable. The tabletops, made from brilliant white Durat practically glow, as the space has large areas of windows and amazing natural light that radiates off the surface. The restaurant, which can seat 250 patrons, was the work of Dirk Denison Architects. The space was designed so that the restaurant would continue the experience of the museum into the dining area.  There are display cabinets that rotate pieces from the Museum’s collection and bring character into the various dining areas. A critical aspect of the design was the concept of changeability, as the restaurant is lunch-only, but the space doubles as a banquet space for private evening events. To accommodate this duality, there are movable furniture pieces and flexible seating arrangements.  And, the white palette allows guests to dress the room as they see fit. To learn more about Durat, contact us.

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Treat Cupcake Bar Brightens Space with Pink and Yellow Durat

C & J Katz Studio, the designers for the newly opened Treat Cupcake Bar in Needham, MA, used Durat sheet goods in the shop’s design.  Jeffrey Katz told CaraGreen that “the shop is aimed at ‘tween' customers, so the idea was to create a bright, happy interior space.” They established a color palette for the interior based on graphics developed by Treat’s graphic design firm.
 
Katz said, “As we were researching materials, we found a couple of the unusual 
colors that we were looking for in the Durat range.”  Durat is available in over 80 colors and custom colors are also available.  The colors have an intensity and vibrancy to them that make Durat ideal for delivering a punch of color to a space.
 
At Treat Cupcake Bar, customers can create their own cupcake by selecting the cake flavor, frosting, and toppings.  They mix the toppings into the frosting and Katz told us that the other requirement for the material was that it needed to function for the mix-ins, which are prepared directly on the counter in view of the customer. They "ordered a large sample and sent it to the baker so she could test the surface. It worked. So the combination of color, functionality, and durability lead us to specify Durat,” said Katz. Durat was used for work surfaces, a built-in along the window, and to frame the cupcake display. Katz said the response to the store has been excellent, both to the cupcakes and 
the design of the space.
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Custom Red Durat Sinks In Vibes Media Offices

CaraGreen recently visited the new Vibes Media office in downtown Chicago, which features custom Durat sinks and counters. Eastlake Studio, an innovative Chicago-based architecture and interior design firm, designed the space for Vibes Media. They selected Durat #450, a fire-engine red, for the bathrooms. The long custom trough sinks have three faucets each. The sinks are angled so that the water exits through one drain on a far end. The sinks and countertops are one continuous integral piece. Durat, available through CaraGreen, is an environmentally friendly solid surface material that contains 30% recycled content, is 100% recyclable, and comes in an impressive range of brilliant colors. Eastlake used leftover Durat to create a bench in their employee locker room.

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Durat Used In NYC Bachelor Pad Redesign - Madison Green

Durat has been used for kitchen countertops in Madison Green condominium in New York City.  Architect, Lawrence V. Macdonald Jr. of COLVM, and General Contractor, Artistic License Interiors, recently updated this space for its bachelor owner.  Madison Green uses unconventional materials at every turn: exposed original concrete columns and ceilings, custom concrete floor tiles, curved cedar ceiling and walls, bamboo vanities, slate tile, and walls clad in cork and solid walnut. Durable and eco-friendly Durat, available through CaraGreen, was used for countertops, which contains 30% recycled content. To add to the minimal and sleek design, appliances are hidden in custom fin-ply cabinets. The space is illuminated by an original lighting array of cove-mounted colored LEDs and halogen recessed lighting. One unexpected feature is the completely transparent star-fire low iron glass wall in the bathroom, which allows the client to enjoy the stunning views of the Chrysler building from his tub!

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Durat Counters and Eco-Gres Asia Tile Featured in Interior Designer’s Kitchen Remodel

Kitchens and Baths magazine by Woman’s Day recently covered the remodel of Ulla Lange’s kitchen, in which she used Durat for countertops and Eco-Gres Asia tile for a backsplash (both available through CaraGreen).

Ulla lives in a 1960s ranch home in Boulder, Colorado and is an interior designer with a masters degree in architecture.  Her old kitchen was cramped and disorganized, unlike the rest of her airy home, so she decided to become her own client and embark on an environmentally-friendly remodel of the space. She gutted the room and altered the layout to make it more functional and inviting. Ulla selected Durat solid surface material, which contains 30% pre-consumer recycled content, for countertops.  She used a warm-gray Durat color along walls, and for a center peninsula, she used a heavenly blue shade.  “I wanted splashes of color to keep it fresh, but not so much that it would be overwhelming” said Ulla. She also used two shades of Eco-Gres Asia recycled porcelain tile for her backsplash, a pale blue and wheat-gray.  These 1" x 6" tiles contain 36% pre-consumer recycled content.  For cabinetry, she used locally produced, formaldehyde-free cabinets with a wheatboard core. For cabinet doors, some are white melamine and others are 3form eco-resin with capiz shells embedded in between layers.  To complete her remodel, she upgraded her old appliances for new energy efficient ones and put in long-lasting halogen bulbs for lighting. The final result is a modern kitchen that is practical, fun, and environmentally conscientious.

 

    

 

 

 

 


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Duke Energy Tower Goes for LEED Gold

The newest addition to Charlotte’s skyline is the 54-story Duke Energy Center, located on South Tryon Street. To demonstrate their commitment to sustainability, the shell building is going for a LEED Gold rating, and all tenants have been asked to meet a minimum of LEED Silver for their spaces. Some of the features in place to earn the Gold rating include water saving features such as waterless urinals, dual flush water closets, and low flow lavatories. Storm water, ground water, and condensate will be collected to irrigate the green roof, and to offset potable water consumption for the cooling tower.  Energy consumption has been optimized through various approaches such as high efficiency mechanical equipment, daylighting blinds and photosensors, along with dimmable ballasts. Indoor environmental quality has been addressed with low-emitting materials, increased ventilation, and thermal comfort control.  And 90% of the indoor space will have access to views of the outside, with 75% having access to daylight.

As for materials, a minimum of 50% of construction waste was diverted from landfills and at least 20% of all materials will have recycled content.  Caragreen is proud to be a part of this project; we supplied Durat solid surface material and UltraTouch cotton denim insulation.  Durat contains 30% recycled plastic and has been used in break rooms for countertops.  And, UltraTouch insulation has 85% recycled and rapidly renewable content and is used throughout the building.

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The Best of NeoCon East 2009

CaraGreen recently exhibited at NeoCon East in Baltimore, MD, which brought together the hottest designers in one of the hottest building markets in the country.  Here are our favorite discoveries from the show:

  1. Pecha Kucha (pronounced Peh-cha ka-cha) if you haven’t tried it, you must!   A fun, fast-paced creative exchange that I can only describe as some crazy combination of speed dating and karaoke.  Seriously… each presenter (anyone can present) shows 20 images for 20 seconds each then you get the next presenter. This was fun, inspiring and a great way to get to know other people, their work, and inspirations. 
  2. The FIT chair by Kimball - The combination of simplicity, high tech textiles, and comfort provided the perfect pit stop after a long day on the Expo floor.
  3. The people!  Excellent turnout with an estimated 8,000 attendees from top firms with lots of interesting projects in progress.
  4. Durat’s mini-block tub in granny-smith apple green with 30% recycled plastic, 100% recyclable, and completely irresistible!  
  5. DIRTT (stands for ‘Doing it Right This Time’)Environmental Solutions --LOVE the name!  But besides that, they have a new film that turns any wall into a dry-erase marker board.  No more glossy white boards, the clear film lets you write on even the most precious veneered wall.
  6. Interlam Sculpted Panels – funky woven things ().  The only thing that would make these unique panel better would be to green-up the MDF base panels with recycled wood and no-added formaldehyde glues. 

This is just a sampling, we’ll definitely be back next year for more!

 

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