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Kitchen & Bath Industry Show: Steel, glass and other materials for countertop, backsplash

April 29, 2011 |  5:01 am


There are a gazillion choices for countertops in the kitchen -- concrete and granite, quartz and marble, and many more. At the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show this week in Las Vegas, many beautiful choices are on display. One that's less common: a glass counter, above, from ThinkGlass.


The counter material above is made of quartz, from HanStone Quartz. Models in front of three slabs of the product were reminiscent of the Chinese artist Liu Bolin, who hides in plain sight in his work.

HanStone product designer Lisa Herreth said the idea was "to bring the surfaces to life." The models stood nearly still all day, and the muscles in their thighs were a testament to what hard work that is.

The three colors are among the 49 the company offers. At the show, 12 more were on display for attendees to assess. Afterward, the company will choose up to five of them to add to the collection, said Herreth, who is based in Atlanta. The 12 include navy and plum tones, trend colors this year.

Two colors -- Home Brew and Amber Frost -- contain 20% recycled glass from beer bottles, she said.

For people who want to personalize their kitchen to the nth degree, Lasertron builds stainless steel backsplashes or cupboard doors to order, with etched designs. The pieces can be as big as 4 feet by 8 feet. The price is $55 to $100 per square foot, depending on the design. They also can be used on outdoor barbecues.

Although the dignified design below is more common, Gary Geller, president of the company, said people can use a photo of their dog or whatever their heart desires.

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," he noted Wednesday.


-- Mary MacVean in Las Vegas

Upper photo credit: ThinkGlass

Middle photo credit: Isaac Brekken / For The Times

Lower photo credit: Lasertron


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