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    Richardson Architects: DuPont's Zodiaq surfacing is made from 93 percent quartz crystal, giving it a depth and radiance and making it strong, durable, and heat- and scratch-resistant.

  • Tough Choice

    Val Glitsch, FAIA, Architect: IceStone surfacing is made of recycled glass and cement and slabs measure 52½ inches wide, 96 inches long, and 1¼ inches thick.

  • Raw Hide

    Val Glitsch, FAIA, Architect: Silestone Leather quartz-based surfacing and is made from 93 percent quartz and 7 percent resins and color.

  • not too slabby

    studio modera: Her favorite spec for “handsome, solid-surface countertops” is integral color concrete, which can be fashioned into “virtually any size and shape” without breaking the bank.

  • new material

  • nu to you

    Hundreds of experiments over 14 months led Sonoma Cast Stone to reconfigure its mixes and modify its methods to create NuCrete, a trademarked precast-concrete surface that the manufacturer insists won't stain and will “look like new for years.”

  • Viatera Firma

    LG's Viatera line of quartz surfacing

  • Hue Granted

    CaesarStone's Embellish collection

  • Limestone Cowboy

    Cambria's Yorkshire color collection

  • Hide Tide

    Silestone's Leather series