Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUL 2019

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"The patterns in our 2019 Living Impressions þĤġġĚĘĩĞĤģĖġġĝĖīĚĖĨĩĤħĮėĚĝĞģęĩĝĚĢŤĨĖĮĨĂĚħħĞ Chmiel, residential design lead for Formica. "The designs are a symbol of their place of origin, but they also will become a focal point for homeowners ĩĤĘħĚĖĩĚĨĩĤħĞĚĨĖģęĢĚĢĤħĞĚĨĖħĤĪģęĩĝĚĢŤ Six new laminate patterns utilize the company's true-to-scale scanning technology, 180fx, which limits pattern repetition across large expanses of exotic granites, stones and wood grains. They are: Nero Marquina: A black marble originally from the region of Markina in the north of Spain, it ĞĨ Ė ŽģĚ ėġĖĘĠ ĢĖħėġĚ ĬĞĩĝ ĘħĞĨĥ ĬĝĞĩĚ īĚĞģĞģĜ Neapolitan Stone: It features the highest color variation of any granite—whites, beiges, blues and ĬĖħĢĜħĖĮĨċĞĚĩħĖĂħĖŽĩĚüĨĤƁĜħĖĮĬĞĩĝĬĝĞĩĚ veining that is clean with plenty of movement. Istanbul Marble: A Turkish marble pattern with sharp, sweeping movement blending light and dark ĬĞĩĝƀĖĨĝĚĨĤěħĪĨĩĮĜĤġęĒĝĞĩĚĆģĤĩĩĮĈĖĥġĚü rustic take on the popular woodgrain, its natural and raw look has authentic visual imperfections. ĎĢĤĠĮċġĖģĠĚęĒĖġģĪĩĀĢĪġĖĩĞģĜţĨĝĤĪĨĪĜĞėĖģŤ (burning wood to waterproof it), charred, wire- brushed woodgrain reveals a distinct, luxe color. WILSONART's Thinscape was a major product launch for the company this spring. The large photo (top) shows the Spanish Limestone paired with a wood-laminate island. From top right to lower right are three Thinscape patterns and a new laminate: Rugged Steel (top), Italian Carara (middle) and Sterling Calcutta (bottom). Bottom left is a Wilsonart laminate, a Greek region pattern, called Drama Marble. Circle 6 on inquiry card Darker colors are frequently seen in the thinner materials. To that end, Formica's new collection of laminates also includes three series of colors: ĩĝĚĊģĮĭĎĚħĞĚĨĩĝĚĈĖħĢĖħĖĎĚħĞĚĨĖģęĩĝĚĊĖĠ Series. ďĝĚĚģĩĞħĚĘĤġġĚĘĩĞĤģĘĤĢĚĨĞģĩĬĤģĚĬŽģĞĨĝĚĨ and two new edge options. SatinTouch and Pure ĂħĖĞģĖŽģĞĨĝĩĝĖĩĖęęĨęĞĢĚģĨĞĤģĖģęęĚĥĩĝĩĤ wood patterns. The edge options are Waterfall, a true and even curved edge, and Double Radius, a balanced curved edge. üģęĞģĖĨĞĜģĞŽĘĖģĩģĤęĩĤĬĖħęĩĝĚĩĝĞģĩħĚģę āĤħĢĞĘĖĖģģĤĪģĘĚęĩĝĖĩĞĩĞĨģĤĬĤŻĚħĞģĜĞĩĨĊĜĚĚ ĖģęýĪġġģĤĨĚĥħĤŽġĚĨĞģĖ"&ÇĞģĘĝĥħĤŽġĚ "The visual language of laminates is becoming accepted again. And there's a couple reasons for ĩĝĞĨŤĨĖĮĨčĚģĚĚăĮĩħĮÿĚħħĞģĜĩĤģĜġĤėĖġęĚĨĞĜģ lead for Formica. "When I started in the industry, people were talking about their grandma's kitchen being laminate. So everybody ran to real stone. That generation has changed. Now the younger ĜĚģĚħĖĩĞĤģĞĨĘĤĢĞģĜĪĥĖģęĩĝĚĮĝĖīĚģĤĖƄģ- ity for or against laminate or grandma's kitchen. They're actually really excited about the mate- rial because all of their parents had all granite. QualifiedRemodeler.com July 2019 53

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