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Materials Marketing manufactures architectural stone and flooring products in 29 different marble, travertine, limestone and adoquin stone materials, in a wide variety of colors, sizes and finishes.
Materials Marketing manufactures architectural stone and flooring products in 29 different marble, travertine, limestone and adoquin stone materials, in a wide variety of colors, sizes and finishes.

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Pantone, the international colorists, announced the Color of the Year 2016 last week. In a departure from previous form, the “color of the year” is actually two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity. Let’s invest a bit of time in this space to investigate the…

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Architectural components from the British Regency period remain remarkably relevant in present day design plans. Perhaps the easiest examples in the world of a luxury stone purveyor, such as Materials Marketing, are Regency fireplaces. Let’s set the stage…

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Shading in Natural Stone is an inherent and desired characteristic. Let’s get that point across very early in this post. Like snowflakes and people, it is safe to say that no two pieces of stone are exactly alike. Even if two slabs were cut from the same…

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Why is Mid-Century Modern Style still intriguing us over half a century later? In fact, what is it really all about? Who drove its adoption and when? What are its key elements? Let’s wander around this topic for a while and see what we turn up! The period…

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The use of reclaimed stone in haute design plans has been with us for some time now. In fact, in this space we have spent quite a bit of time on the topic. A few years down the road now and the idea is as strong as ever, but perhaps with a few tweaks.…

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Very few construction materials compare to the beauty and durability of architectural stone. According to Mark Cachon, author of Architectural Stone, technology has dramatically changed the stone industry in the past several decades. We now have…

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Do you believe in magic? Since it manifests itself in so many ways we must answer in the affirmative. The magic of illusion, the magic of nature, the magic of form meeting function. These are but a few examples if you will allow your imagination to expand…

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The most perfectly symmetrical marriage of design and commerce in the ’60’s may have been the union of Eero Saarinen  and TWA at what was then Idlewild Airport in New York City.  Opened in 1962 amidst much futuristic and design fanfare, the TWA Flight…

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For the purposes of this post, let’s go through a few quick definitions. Natural stone is millions of years old. It is quarried from the earth and has gone through many natural changes over time. Cast stone is a type of precast concrete designed to…

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The turning of the seasonal page from summer to fall is here once again. Labor Day is gone and we exchange the summer BBQ for the fall tailgate fest. That transition noted, the well-known Chicago design professional Tony Perry, of A. Perry Homes, was kind…
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