Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUL 2019

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brands such as Formica, VT Industries and Wilsonart. But there are others: Abet Laminati and Arborite. In the 1950s, '60s and '70s, Formica drove a HPL countertop trend in North America. There are many among us who grew up with Formica all around the kitchen, but mainly on the coun- tertop. Then, in the '80s and '90s, natural stone, wood, tile and other materials gained popularity for countertops. During this period, HPL was relegated to lower price points only. Its perception as a category was marred by unnatural seams and dark edges that were inconsistent with the patterns and colors of the surfaces. For example, even the most authentic ĢĖħėġĚĤħĬĤĤęÇĥĖĩĩĚħģĚęĨĪħěĖĘĚĞģăċćĞĨĤƁĚģ detracted from by multiple seams and dark edges. New formulations in HPL have eliminated the seams and the ugly edges. Most laminates today have solid color throughout. And innovations in fabricating laminate countertops have seen the ħĞĨĚĤěĨĚīĚħĖġģĚĬĚęĜĚĥħĤŽġĚĨďĝĤĨĚĞģĘġĪęĚ innovated rolled edges and pencil-thin turns. Perhaps most importantly, over the last decade, designers, remodelers and homeowners have come ĖħĤĪģęĩĤĖĥĥħĚĘĞĖĩĚĩĝĚėĤġęġĤĤĠĨĤŻĚħĚęėĮģĚĬ laminate colors and patterns. Today, it is not uncommon to see bright, mid- century patterns used in high-end kitchen and bath jobs where a retro look is desired. Indeed, the focus in 2019 among laminate manufacturers ĖģęěĖėħĞĘĖĩĤħĨĞĨĤģĤŻĚħĞģĜģĚĬĚĢĚħĜĞģĜĘĤġĤħĨ ĥĖĩĩĚħģĨĖģęŽģĞĨĝĚĨĩĝĖĩĖħĚĝĞĜĝġĮħĚġĚīĖģĩĞģ ĩĝĚĢĤīĚĢĚģĩĩĤĬĖħęĩĝĞģģĚħĘĤĪģĩĚħĤĥĥħĤŽġĚĨ as well as everywhere else in kitchens, baths, mud- rooms or laundry areas. And because the trend toward thin begins with ĨĩĤģĚ Ėģę ĥĤħĘĚġĖĞģ ĨĪħěĖĘĚĨ ĩĝĚ ģĚĬ ĤŻĚħĞģĜĨ tend to be photo-realistic marble, granite and quartz laminates. In addition, a number of wood ĨĥĚĘĞĚĨĖġĤģĜĬĞĩĝģĚĬĨġĞĜĝĩġĮĚĢėĤĨĨĚęŽģĞĨĝĚĨ are also making debuts this year. Living Impressions 2019 from Formica Four years ago at KBIS, Formica made a splash by partnering with celebrated interior designer Jonathan Adler. He had written a book, "100 Ways ĩĤĔĤĪħăĖĥĥĮþĝĞĘćĞěĚŤĖģęĞģĞĩĝĚĩĤĪĩĚęĝĤĬ ġĖĢĞģĖĩĚĨĪħěĖĘĚĨĤŻĚħĚęĖĜħĚĖĩġĤĤĠüęġĚħĖģ early advocate for the resurgence of the midcentury ĨĩĮġĚĞģĞģĩĚħĞĤħĨĤŻĚħĚęģĞģĚġĖĢĞģĖĩĚęĚĨĞĜģĨěĤħ Formica in 2015 and four more in 2016. This year, the company made an even bigger statement at the show with the introduction of its #!"*ćĞīĞģĜĄĢĥħĚĨĨĞĤģĨġĞģĚĬĝĞĘĝĤŻĚħĨĖħĖģĜĚ ĤěĨĩĤģĚĖģęģĖĩĪħĖġĬĤĤęŽģĞĨĝĚĨĩĝĖĩĖħĚĞģĝĞĜĝ demand by designers. Stone and wood also comple- ment the trend toward thinner, sleeker materials. surfaces for the residential and commercial design markets. Thinscape is a hard-surface product that highlights new ways the trend toward thin can be achieved. ďĝĚĩħĚģęĩĤĬĖħęĩĝĞģĞĨĖġĨĤėĚģĚŽĩĞģĜĩĝĚġĖĢ- inate category. Laminates include natural wood veneers and metals. These tend to be high-end, ęĚĨĞĜģĚħÇĤģġĮ ĤħĞĚģĩĚę ĨĤġĪĩĞĤģĨ ĤŻĚħĚę Ėĩ īĚħĮ expensive price points. Here we speak of plastic impregnated paper or high-pressure laminates (HPL). This is the segment led by some well-known VT INDUSTRIES oers a number of on-trend stone patterns with pencil-thin, double-rolled proles. At top is shown a Soapstone Sequoia pattern that is consistent with a color trend toward a gray and beige pairing, "greige." Thin black laminate countertops in a white kitchen (bottom photo) are VT's Jet Sequoia stone pattern. Circle 5 on inquiry card PRODUCT TRENDS 52 July 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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