Wrapping up our first day at HD Expo, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, and we're noticing a bit of a theme. Not that this happened intentionally, but we seem to have stumbled onto an engaging assortment of innovative surfaces. Here are some of our favorites.
Designed by none other than Jean-Philippe Nuel, Panbeton graphite is an interplay of elemental materials that achieves a unique aesthetic. These decorative concrete panels embody the texture and living feel of wood: "the panels keep a woody note since they're inspired by the graphics that different types of wood draw when burning: whether Douglas, Accoya, Oak or Pine, the surface of the wood will adopt cracked reliefs in scales, grooved all in length or smooth in tense curves." Nuel goes on to say that the confluence of wood and concrete calls to mind an interplay of opposites: Yin and Yang, the organic environment and constructed space, archetypal nature and the urban universe.
Moos Terrazzo had the brilliant idea of taking what's typically thought of as flooring and turning it into bathroom products. And why not? Terrazzo offers a classically beautiful aesthetic in a durable and versatile material that by its very nature is reclaimed. Sign me up for a sink!
By the Brooklyn-based Biophilic Design Studio OPIARY, Spolia is a hollow, lightweight concrete-based system of geometric, stack-able blocks. The airy, easy-to-assemble modules come in six earthy shades with pockets-a-plenty for greenery and other adornments, offering a unique take on partition walls, screens, or decorative tiles with a pronounced biophilic bent.
May brings big news from these two tile and stone companies: they're merging to offer all products under the Stone Source name. Their combined collection is vast, with tiles for floor, wall, and terrace. The Core Collection of Mosa tiles unifies Solids, Terra, and Quartz: "from the dynamic, richly layered texture of Solids and the matte, soft, powdery look of Terra, to the robust granite look of Quartz, the Core collection features a natural, pure ceramic look, with inherent versatility and strong, sustainable properties."
Pengxiang has done the impossible: making premium marble affordable and accessible without having to haul down mountainsides to get it! This recycled product pieces together bits of retired slabs into the fetching designs you see above. Just when I thought marble was dead.
That's all for day 1. Tune in again tomorrow for more of our live coverage from HD Expo.