FROM THE WORLD OF ABC STONE

On the evening of  Wednesday, October 23rd, at our ABC | NYC showroom, we were thrilled to host an amazing panel event alongside Aspire Design and Home Magazine. Our panel of renowned interior designers and architects discussed classic design rules as well as when and how to break them with aplomb. John Beckmann, Tamara Eaton, John B. Murray, and Cara Woodhouse shared their own design coups and discussed which rules remain relevant and which are passé.
We’re so proud of what we’re building, and we always enjoy showcasing that work to our community of architects, designers, and design enthusiasts. Thank you to all who were involved for your dedicated efforts in making this event so special.

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Oct 9, 2019 / ABC | NYC

ABC Digital Stone Catalogue

ABC Digital Stone Catalogue

ABC is proud to present our Digital Stone Catalogue
Featuring ASIST (Advanced Stone Imaging Software Technology)

The Digital Stone Catalogue coupled with a robust sample library, enables our clients to accurately imagine the exact properties of their stone, all without leaving our showroom. (more…)

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Notre-Dame’s recovery is about stewardship, say architects and historians

In his essay “Paris Not Flooded,” Roland Barthes asks us to see the great flood of January 1955 as a creative force that erased roads and sidewalks. It forced Parisians to row to the grocer and priests to enter churches in canoes, “making disaster itself provide evidence that the world is manageable.”

If Barthes were to write “Notre-Dame Not Ablaze,” he might ask us to see the April 15 fire and its aftermath as evidence of something useful like a lesson or a sacrament. It will be a long while before that evidence is revealed in full, but the dangers of faulty wiring, a smoldering cigarette near highly combustible materials, or failed fire suppression safeguards were all causal frontrunners at press time.

French authorities, represented by the Ministry of Culture, are still assessing the damage at Notre-Dame, which is part of a larger UNESCO World Heritage site that includes the surrounding Île de la Cité and, as such, is subject to special preservation mandates. The Ministry of Culture is also receiving advice from a dedicated UNESCO team, which includes representatives from ICCROM and ICOMOS International, according to Paris-based Mechtild Rössler, director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
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Veiled Son VIP Reception @ Highline Stages
On the evening of Tuesday, May 7th, at Highline Stages, we were honored to have co-sponsored the US solo debut of virtuoso Italian sculptor, JAGO – and the first public viewing of Veiled Son (2019).

Veiled Son was on view for the first and only time before its relocation to Naples, where it will be permanently installed in the city’s historic center. Also on view were many of Jago’s other esteemed works of art, including Donald, Self, Venere, Sphynx, and Memoria Di Se. The VIP opening at Highline Stages was a tremendous success and we could not be more grateful to all of those who contributed to make it possible.

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Apr 19, 2019 / ABC | NYC

The Unveiling @ ABC | NYC: A Recap

On the evening of  Wednesday, April 17th, at our ABC | NYC showroom, we were honored to host The Unveiling, our annual sculpture show and reception celebrating the artists selected to receive the ABC Stone-sponsored Carrara Sculpture Residency.

Gianluca Giarrizzo and Arngrímur Sigurðsson unveiled the pieces they created in Italy last Summer, Crema I and Trans-Human Bomb. Other works on view by esteemed artists Jago, Barbara Segal, Peter Glenn Oakley, Alessandro Lombardo and Brice Esso. It was an enchanted evening of art, wine, and conversation.

We’re so proud of what we’re building, and we always enjoy showcasing that work to our community of artists and art enthusiasts. Thank you to all who were involved for your dedicated efforts in making this incredible event so special.  (more…)

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DESIGN + DECOR Magazine | On Newsstands Now

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but Jenny Dina Kirschner of Jenny Dina Kirschner Interiors is smitten with stone. In fact, in her own kitchen featured here, she’d chosen the slabs before she’d even closed on the property—that’s commitment to a material.

The space was completely gutted, so Jenny had a fresh canvas on which to leave her indelible imprint. It would be impossible to misidentify the focal point of the space in this kitchen. The luscious sculptural island is made of polished Belvedere quartzite. The entire piece is seamless with mitered corners at the top and sides; two large slabs were used, measuring approximately 80 square feet of stone in total. Jenny found her match at ABC Stone, a renowned resource for natural and man-made stone. The company also features Functional Art and Cubic Elements to complement any exceptional interior or exterior space.

When designing kitchens for her clients, Jenny often starts with the countertop material, and her own kitchen was no exception. The entire perimeter of the room is white: the flooring, cabinetry and even the hardware deliberately sublimates itself to the majesty of the quartzite island. “The intensity of the dark stone immediately grabbed my attention,” says Jenny. “It has all these really beautiful earth tones: green, caramel, crystals and ivories. It’s swirly and very dreamy.” The cantilevered drop to table height creates an architectural play of lines and volume that add visual interest and functionality. Flanked by Prouvé Standard SP Chairs, designed by Jean Prouvé and produced by Vitra, the island beckons to be touched and interacted with—it’s not passive decoration.

With storage often a challenge in urban kitchens, Jenny chose to extend her cabinets to new heights, quite literally. “Building the double-height cabinetry was pricey and challenging, but a must for me,” she says. “There were architectural soffits and elements we had to work around, and I wanted it to look seamless.”

Since the kitchen is an open concept, Jenny preferred to delineate the spaces discreetly yet purposefully. Flooring in the kitchen is porcelain by Stone Source in UonUon, and the rest of the flooring on the first floor is pickled and white-washed white oak. By interweaving individual floor planks, Jenny creates a subtly textured boundary between spaces. Visually blurred, it’s less jarring and abrupt than a complete switch of materials and colors.

Jenny masterfully integrates textures into her spaces, but here in the kitchen she deliberately kept textural layering to a minimum. She prefers instead for the enraptured gaze and attention to wander into the vastness and beyond.

Resources:
Jenny Dina Kirschner
Jenny Dina Kirschner Interiors
646.242.6336
jdkinteriors.com

ABC Stone
129 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011 | 646.707.3065
234 Banker Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222 | 718.389.8360
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abcworldwidestone.com

 

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ABC Stone is honored to have been awarded NKBA’s Innovative Retail Showroom for 2019 in the medium-sized Independent Showroom category.  The Showroom awards acknowledge outstanding design and client engagement in a dealer/retail environment, in independent and multi-brand/location showrooms. Showrooms are judged on their unique and interactive design. A prestigious jury of design and allied professionals have selected our New York City showroom, which was designed by STONEFOX Architects and planned in an exclusive partnership with RED Graniti Quarries, Vermont Quarries, and Colorado Quarries, from among dozens of entries received.

Located in the heart of NYC’s Flatiron District, ABC’s state-of-the-art Experience Center brings together both digital and analog forces to inspire innovative design on every scale. ABC looks to expand the parameters of material specification, change how we interact with our clients and how our clients interact with our materials, and ultimately revolutionize point-of-sale procedure in the natural and engineered stone industry utilizing our proprietary Virtual Warehouse system. The Virtual Warehouse, combined with the award-winning, Ketra lighting system which precisely mimics the color temperature and intensity of light no matter the surroundings, enables our clients to accurately imagine the exact properties of their stone in the space for which it is being selected. The experience is further enhanced by our ongoing educational series “Cocktails and Conversations”. These classes provide continuing education credits for interior design professionals on a variety of stone-related topics. It is our intention for attendees to leave with a thorough understanding of the subjects covered and how they can be applied in the work going forward.

The awards were given out at KBIS 2019 on February 18, 2019 at the NKBA Design Competition and Industry Awards Show at the Encore Hotel in the Encore Ballroom.

For more than a quarter century, the world’s top architects and designers have put their trust in ABC Stone. Our strategic partnerships with top quarries the world over give us unparalleled access to the finest stones ever unearthed. Exotic marble, extraordinary granite, magnificent limestone in addition to an impressive array of onyx, travertine, quartzite and semi-precious, among other fine natural stones, make ABC a one-stop stone resource for the A&D community.

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Join ABC Stone for our Casino Royale Event on January 17th, 2019

Courses on Offer | 1.17.19

 

Session 1 Options | 4pm

Natural Stone 101
This one-hour class is designed for construction industry professionals desiring to gain a full understanding of natural stone as a building material. Learn more about the various natural stones (limestone, travertine, onyx, marble, serpentine, sandstone, slate, quartzite, and granite). Obtain information about common quarrying techniques, fabrication, and finishing methods. With this understanding, you’ll enhance your ability to select the right stone, fabrication technique, and finish for your project.

Sintered Surface | The Latest Technology in the World of Surfacing Materials
With so many building materials available on the market, it can be difficult to know which is best for your project. Recent technological advances have led to the development of this new & innovative product, sintered surface. This one-hour class is designed for construction professionals to gain a full understanding of sintered surface as an ideal material for countertop and cladding applications.

Session 2 Options | 5pm

The Art of Specifying Natural Stone
This one hour session is designed to give architects and designers an overview of how to specify natural stone. There are many factors to consider to ensure you are choosing the proper material for your project. What do you need to know about its species, color variations, and finish possibilities? Is the quarry able to produce the sizes and quantities you need? And finally, what factors affect the price of the stone you specify? Get the resources you need to help ensure the stone you choose meets the standards and design intent set for your application.

Exterior Stone Veneers and Pavers
This program gives a better understanding of the various types of stone veneer and pavers. It also identifies system components including, substrate preparation, waterproofing, and anti-fracture membranes.

 

*All party attendees (beginning at 6pm) will automatically receive 1 CE credit for touring our new state-of-the-art facility, The Center @ Hicksville

Please to RSVP with course selections to lyndsey@abcworldwidestone.com

 

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CEU’s & Cocktails | Dec 18 @ 5:30 PM: Sintered Surface | The Latest Technology in the World of Surfacing Materials + Natural Stone: The Evolving Marketplace

Join ABC Stone at our new state-of-the-art facility in the heart of New York City for a CEU presentation, followed by a brief showroom tour, accredited by AIA, IDCEC, LACES, NKBA and GBCI.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and attendees will earn a total of 2 credit hours, just in time for the year-end credit crunch!

This event will be held at our NYC Flagship at 129 West 22nd Street.

This is the second of two CEU event to be held in December at ABC | NYC: the first will be on December 11th, and attendees of which also earn 2 CE credits. Learn more about that event here.
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CEU’s & Cocktails | Dec 11 @ 5:30 PM: Jura Limestone: Suitability and Design Options + Natural Stone: The Evolving Marketplace

Join ABC Stone at our new state-of-the-art facility in the heart of New York City for a CEU presentation, followed by a brief showroom tour, accredited by AIA, IDCEC, LACES and NKBA.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and attendees will earn a total of 2 credit hours, just in time for the year-end credit crunch!

This event will be held at our NYC Flagship at 129 West 22nd Street.

A second CEU event, of which attendees will also earn 2 credits, will be held on December 18th. Learn more about that event here.
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