Silestone Leather quartz-based surfacing suggests a texture more animal than mineral. It has “flecks in it, so it's not monotonous” and has a “satin sheen so it doesn't look like fake granite,” Glitsch says. Made from 93 percent quartz and 7 percent resins and color, its maker says the material is nonporous and scratch- and stain-resistant. Microban antimicrobial protection is built-in. Cosentino USA, 800.291.1311; www.silestoneusa.com.
val glitsch, faia, architect
val glitsch, faia