Your kitchen and signature furniture will be built using traditional materials, such as glass, metal, stone, synthetics and wood, which are processed with the latest technology to get a state-of-the-art product that meets the requirements of a daily-use and also look breathtaking from a designer’s point of view.
There is more to come: Our artisans will add finishing touches to every surface depending on the selection of finishes you made. From high-gloss or matte lacquer, colored and textured lacquer, ceramic or concrete finished to syntcetic wooden textures – Together we will find the perfect choice and create a unique look and feel.
Get the big picture of materials used in our European kitchens and signature furniture:
A solid material such as glass can be used for a wide variety of applications in your kitchen such as backsplashes, tiles, countertops, as a front for cabinet doors and even as a cooktop when mixed with ceramics. Conditioned by the production method and the main ingredient, which is sand, it can also get infused with color.
It can be poured, formed, extruded and molded into different forms and shapes.
Using metal in a kitchen environment is very popular nowadays due to innovative manufacturing processes that make steel nearly stain-proof. Stainless steel is very common for commercial kitchens because it is very easy to maintain and easy to keep it clean and hygienic. In resitential kitchens, stainless steel is often used for kitchen islands, toekicks and countertops. Besides the practical characteristics of metal, it adds a very sophisticated and modern look to any room.
Selected and fabricated single pices of a rock are called “Dimension Stone” or just stone. Fortuanetly, mother nature offers a gigantic museum filled with all kinds of rocks that we can choose from. Depending on your daily use we recommend different types of stones to fabricate a countertop.
For foodies and emerging starred chefs we highly recommend using a granite, quartz or quartzite.
Granite is an abyssal rock that is formed in the bowels of the earth where exrteme pressure and temperatures up to 1,832° F occur. The hot magma solidifies very slow and therefore the minerals are crystallizing out very nicely. Due to this creation process, granite is is a hard and durable natural stone that impresses with high scruff resistance. You can use it for nearly every application: as a countertop, backsplash or as a floor tile.
Also, quartz (a mineral) and quarzite (a natural stone that contains quartz, manmade) are great choices for everyday-used countertops.
In fact, if you don’t use your kitchen very often you can choose Marble with a clear conscience. Marble is a limestone that can be polished. It is created while already existing limestone massifes are finding its way deeper into the earth through plate tectonics. Because of its character, marble is very soft in comparison to granite and the surface is open-pored like a sponge. Due to these facts, traces of usage become visible very fast. Every pan, every glass and every water drop on a marble surface sinks into the stone and tells it’s story. That is the reason why marble needs to be carefully maintained – each and every day.
Synthetic materials are also known as plastics and they have already replaced a wide range of traditional materials, such as ceramic, glass, stone, metal or wood, because of their cost-efficient production. Depending on the area of application, plastic can be modified and used for packaging, furniture, in clothing, for electronical casing, paint, non-stick surfaces or even for contact lenses and other medical implants.
Also, the character of plastic is part of the etymology of the word itself. It derived from the Greek word “plastikos” which means “capable of being shaped or molded”.
In the kitchen, synthetic materials are mainly used to coat cabinets and countertops to make them more affordable with a low maintainance.
The European furniture industry offers two different types of synthetic countertops, that our customers can choose from: HPL (High Preassure Laminate) and CPL (Continuous Preassure Laminate).
High preassure laminates (HPL) have a very good cost-benefit ratio. They are heat resistant, shock-resistant and offer a wide variety of colors and decors to choose from. The core is made out of European chipboard and a surface layer of high preassure laminate (HPL).
Continuous preassure laminate (CPL) are the the best choices design wise and also when it comes to durability. These material is made out of single widths of paper that are soaked in thermosetting synthetic resin and then inextricably linked with each other through high heat and preassure. As a result CPL countertops have a continuous degree of hardness, firmness and a surface without any pores and are very thin, compared to high preassure laminates. They are also resistant to any degree of humidity and the best choice for outdoor kitchens or any other kind of furniture in tropic climates, like here in Florida.
Wood is one of the most traditional materials, besides stone, in human history. It has been used for thousands of years as a fuel-source, for construction, to produce tools but also for jewlery. Due to its variety of color, grain and firmness, it is still a very popular and desired material. Since our planet only offers a limited variety of timber that can not fullfill the high demand, it is more expensive today than it was in the olden days. In fact, some tree species that were commonly used for decades, such as kingwood, or are threatened with extinction today.
For kitchen cabinets and countertops conventtional types of wood are used, such as oak, walnut, ash but also some exotics such as smoked timber, eucalyptus, indian apple or makassar (ebony). The natural material gives every romm a touch of coziness and luxury at the same time.
Although, working on a solid wood countertop has its challanges and it needs a higher level of maintainance. Cutting with a knife leaves small grooves that are a pleasant home for bacteria. Therefore, these countertops need to be oiled and laquered frequently. But it is totally worth the effort!