Like granite, quartzite is a natural stone, valued for its beautiful colors, visual textures and durability. It is especially suited for use as kitchen counters because of its extreme hardness and stain resistance. The new arrivals described below are available in 3cm thickness, assuring the highest level of strength and durability. Allied quartzite offers all the advantages of natural stone with the enhancement of top-drawer stone selection and preparation. Labeled “new arrivals,” these choices have passed centuries-long endurance tests created by weather, time and ecological chemistry. They are merely new to those viewing them for the first time. Choosing from the extended palette of quartzite colors and patterns creates a solid foundation for a major kitchen renovation project. Further down the line, these same counters can provide both stability and flexibility as new decorative fashions and new family needs reshape how your kitchen functions.
AURORA BLUE QUARTZITE
What better way to start an exploration of new quartzite offerings than with a stone whose name translates as “Dawn”? Like all dawns, this one actually contains many colors, including rust, gold, lavender, cream and charcoal grey against a bluish gray ground reminiscent of an early-morning sky. Aurora Blue offers a wealth of possibilities for changing your kitchen décor. The current trend for dark base cabinets and lighter ones above is easy: look at dusky blues, purples or greys for lower cupboards with a milk-added pastel tone of pale gold, soft lavender or buttery cream above these handsome and adaptable stone counters. Aurora Blue also proves an excellent companion for the darker tones of wooden cabinetry, like fruitwood and even mahogany, which are attracting new interest.
While Aurora Blue introduces some of the peaceful notes of dawn, Alexandrita Azul brings a completely different kind of energy and interest to the concept of blue quartzite kitchen counters. This Brazilian stone conveys the dark blue-grey tones of a stormy sea, with a nearly palpable sense of movement. A splendid illustration of the powerful underground forces necessary to form such intriguing stones, Alexandrita Azul brings that energy to the surface and freezes it in time. The mood of the stone can be either warm or cool, depending on the colors you surround it with. Lighter wood tones, sand and beige tones and creamy ivories and whites provide just enough contrast to let the stone look its very best. Switch to soft greys and softer blues to emphasize the stone’s cooling qualities. Provide undercounter lighting to highlight the powerful and intriguing patterns that make Alexandrita Azul a star.
With a name that translates as “fantastic amethyst,” Ametista Fantastica introduces a remarkable new look to kitchen counters. Purple-gray stone is textured with cloudy white threads that look like rising mist or even descending clouds. Substantial, durable stone counters appear to float above cabinets. Take advantage of trending darker wood tones, like fruitwood, for base cabinetry. If wall cabinets are also dark, under-cabinet lighting lets the softness of misty stone play out against more solid wood. Create an equally dream-like effect with dark base cabinets and light ones above the counters.
Quartzites offer a wide range of white-background choices. From cream to bright-white to super-pale gray, quartzite whites can enhance an all-white, pastel or deep-toned color scheme. Infinity is one of several interestingly-veined stones; here, gray veining flows tranquilly through a creamy base. Movement is balanced, not hectic, and the mood is relaxed. Delicate enough to blend with natural textures and themes, Infinity White is solid enough to work well with accent panels or backsplashes from the new dark jewel-tone palette.
THE MACAUBUS FAMILY
“Fantasy,” “Giotto” and “Wow” form the Macaubus family of white quartzites and illustrate the span of variety the combination of white stone and grey veining can achieve. “Fantasy” is filled with movement, great waves and swirls like a raging river. “Giotto” uses fine grey lines to trace almost geometric shapes with a steady but light hand. “Wow” is just that; the delicate geometry of “Giotto” expands into motion-filled sketches, scribbles and map-like outlines. There’s a family resemblance but all three stones have a unique look as well, in a color scheme that is perfect for dozens of kitchen styles.
For one last view of the dynamics that can be created by simple grey veining in white stone, Calacatta Original is packed with energy. Picture sheets of exciting new music or the manuscript of an adventurous novel. There’s something for the eye to follow everywhere you look. Make this lively stone your centerpiece. Counters or an island of Calacatta Original play perfectly off a color scheme that explores greys from dark slate to icy frost. Light- to medium wood tones, natural caramels and beiges and a simple open plan show off this calligraphic spellbinder at its best.
Slightly greyer, Deluxe brings a different kind of excitement to kitchen counter surfaces. Under a highly polished smooth surface lies a visual narrative of how the stone was formed. Chips, pebbles, feather-like fragments of all shapes and sizes, and surface fractures cascade in constant motion. As the eye traces the movement, Deluxe conveys the warmth of powerful energy combined with the chill of an avalanche. Frame the excitement with a dark floor, dark jewel-tone base cabinets and touches of crystal and etched glass.
Every design decision opens the pathways to numerous décor schemes. The recent decision to vary all-white and all-grey schemes with a statement piece in black is only one step toward multiple types of décor that gain their vitality from strong contrast. A solid black stone puts a handsome period to the contrast statement. Choosing a black-based stone like Brazilian Verde Amazonia, though, starts a new conversation about future changes. Black with striations of brown and dark, tropical green, Verde Amazonia brings a tropical lushness that can vitalize an all-white scheme now, while providing the basis for adding other nature-based greens and browns.
Tan, gold, rust, burgundy, copper—it’s hard to count the number of brown-family colors coursing through the whorls and spirals of Wild Bronzite. This exciting Italian stone freezes the energy of a raging flood in sculptural bronze. A perfect fit with changing tastes in fixtures—as highly-polished copper, brass and bronze replace buffed nickel and gleaming steel—Wild Bronzite also offers a palette broad enough to accommodate creative use of color beyond the counters. Looking at the stone, buttery shades of cream and ivory, pale rosy pinks reminiscent of marble and desert sand tones come to mind. Accents of deep teal, darkest green or even navy blue bring visual delight to a spectacular stone.
This sandy-toned stone uses the simplest of elements to create powerful beauty. Brown-toned throughout, Grand Canyon attains its spectacular looks through darker, same-color veining. Striations appear to trace the layers of earth visible in the second of Seven Wonders of the Natural World. The stone appears both delicate and majestic at the same time. Frame its tone-on-tone beauty with other natural hues. A particularly good choice for a kitchen with lots of natural daylight.
Whether you are most attracted to a newcomer or an old favorite, quartzite is the perfect choice to set the exact mood and tone you want your newly-renovated kitchen to express. The wide range of colors, visual textures, strength and beauty let kitchen counters provide continuity or adapt to a variety of new decorative statements. Choose quartzite for lasting, versatile results. You’ll be very glad you did.