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Tuesday
Aug132013

Showroom: Surface Matters

SOLI Architectural Surfaces just introduced Equus, one of three stunning new stones, to its product line up. Image courtesy SOLI Architectural Surfaces.SOLI Architectural Surfaces has recently introduced three new luxe stones with colors and patterns that offer a great mix of neutral and bold. The additions bring more depth to the wide assortment of surface options the company carries.

On the neutral end of the spectrum, Loire, a polished quartzite, is offered in both light and dark options. It pairs well with accent stones from the company’s existing lines and can be used inside or out.

Two of the new stones, Lotus and Equus bring rich, deep colors and great pattern to the table. Lotus comes from a small quarry in India and is the first purple stone for Soli. Equus also brings a splash of color to the SOLI range—the vein-cut marble comes from a small quarry in China. It comes in a polished or acid-etched finish, offering a choice for formal and informal spaces.

The new color choices spring, in part, Kristin Barker, the company's vice president of marketing, says, “from our job a manufacturer to anticipate trends and bring people material that will inspire a project. We always want to add items that people will build a space around and deliver a surface that they didn't know that they were even looking for.” 

Besides providing new color options, the stones all come as slabs, a frequent customer request. “Clients want the versatility in size so that the same stone to be used as a floor tile and a countertop,” notes Barker. “Certain stones, like the Lotus, lend themselves to slabs. With the Equus, we tried to be more conscious of where people might install the material. The stone is vein cut and, being so linear, lends itself beautifully to a 12-by-24 rectangle-shaped tile. We also brought it in slab so that designers had the option for larger sizes and weren't limited by the tile format."

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