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blog Recording Studio River White Granite

Fabulous and functional - we were asked by Designer Holly Wick (hollys-house.com) to design a worktop for a London recording studio.

Cantilevered stairs for a Chelsea gem

Cantilevered stairs for a Chelsea gem

Our brief from the Architect for this stunning Chelsea renovation project included the challenge of a bespoke cantilevered staircase to accommodate a glass balustrade, basement staircase with inset lighting and to provide flooring for the living areas using a stone which would complement an existing travertine floor in the kitchen.

New Five Axis Wireless Saw

New Five Axis Wireless Saw

A new five axis, diamond tipped saw has been installed in our Hertfordshire workshop. Like a 3D printer for the stone industry, this impressive machine enables our skilled team of drafts people to translate designs direct from CAD drawings onto a block of stone. The saw utilises milling and profiling techniques to create shower trays, basins and bespoke stonework designs from a single block of stone, with millimetre precision.

Fire Surrounds

Fire Surrounds
Make It Classic. Our Parsons Green showroom showcases a magnificent traditional fire surround crafted from the finest Pietra Plana Extra limestone – or as its commonly known PPX. A great example of how a fire surround can be used to create an architectural feature in the home, this particular fire surround was a bespoke piece inspired by the Art Deco period.

Surfing for Stone

Surfing for Stone
We were fascinated to see how fashion designer Alexander Wang showcased the beauty of marble in all its glory at his New York boutique. The boutique was updated to include a special installation featuring a series of marble surfboards produced by Australian brand Haydenshapes.

Granite

Granite
Interestingly it’s the granite that still prevails thousands of years later, a feat that is testament to the strength of the stone. But where does Granite ‘work’ within the home? The short answer is almost anywhere.

Introducing Britannicus Stone

Introducing Britannicus Stone
Orlando Boyne, owner of Britannicus Stone, has made it his mission to rediscover Britain’s lost stones and as a result we have made him one of the new suppliers within our dedicated British stone section. We recently took the time to ask Orlando a few questions about the unique nature of his business.

Dive In: Stone for Swimming Pools

Dive In: Stone for Swimming Pools
This Brabazon limestone swimming pool with outdoor black granite reflection pool and travertine shower is the perfect example of how stone can be used to create a statement pool. Smooth, chalky Brabazon – a strong and durable exterior stone, was used to create a pool with coordinating paving and benches for a seamless effect.

Stone Age in the news

Stone Age in the news
Highlights have included a feature spread in 25 Beautiful Homes where a new-build in Cornwall used Stone Age flooring throughout the property plus kitchen worktops and bathrooms.

Getting Social - Open Spaces

Getting Social - Open Spaces

Summer is here and to celebrate we've created a Pinterest Board dedicated to Open Space.  With its warm earthy tones, natural stone complements open spaces without distracting from big skies and beautiful surroundings.  So why not give your outlook the flooring it deserves

Re-writing the rule book for bespoke stone

Re-writing the rule book for bespoke stone

The first half of 2016 has been very positive.  With Gary Walters at the helm there is a healthy project list and new machinery at Boxted is earning its keep.  The second half is looking good too with a strong order book and new vans in the delivery fleet.

Bespoke Bathroom in Honey Onyx

Bespoke Bathroom in Honey Onyx

Our Masonry team at our Hertfordshire Factory is gearing up for an extraordinary new project - a bespoke bathroom due for completeion in late 2016.  Our brief was to source honey onyx that would offer consistent veining and an even distribution of colour to create a tranquil and luxurious space.

Classic Flooring Styles

Classic Flooring Styles
We first visited Chatsworth many years ago and were completely blown away by the scale and intricate detail of the floors there. Home to one of the finest geometric patterned floors we’ve ever seen – Chatsworth features a remarkable library floor that was the inspiration for the striking black and white floor in our Parson’s Green London showroom.

Stone and 'The Gothic'

Stone and 'The Gothic'
Reims Cathedral in Northern France is probably one of the earliest examples of Gothic architecture. The cathedral was constructed from hardwearing Courville Stone, a northern French limestone.
Gothic style is characterised by pointed arches, flying buttresses and intricate detailing – all typically handcrafted from local limestones (limestone generally being an easier stone to carve).

Marble

Marble
Of course, it’s easy to see why marble is creating such a stir in the home. You can create a stunning visual impact with this stone, particularly in areas such the kitchen and bathroom, because the material is as resilient and hardy as it is aesthetically pleasing.

Best of British

Best of British
The first British stone to be added to the London portfolio will be Burlington Stone, a stone that is well known for its beautiful palette of natural hues found in areas such as Coniston and Kirkstone.
Burlington Stone has been quarried from the heart of the Lake District for over 400 years and is world renowned for its striking tones and premium quality.

Choosing Stone for Exterior Applications

Choosing Stone for Exterior Applications
We’ve taken some of our favourite exterior projects and shown how we used clever techniques using limestone and marble to tackle three very different design briefs.
Lascar limestone is a distinctive stone embedded with small shells and fossils, Lascar works well when used for patios and garden paths due to its hardwearing and low absorption properties.

New Marbles

New Marbles
We've also got a new marble called Bone.  It's unusual colour is more traditionally associated with travertines, but being a marble, its strong properties will lend itself well to any interior project.  It's fine horizontal lines will work well in a minimalist setting and we see this becoming one of our most popular marbles.

What a clean floor

What a clean floor
Jo, our MD and stone guru, has told us that he's just thoroughly cleaned a stone floor after ten year's use and it's come up like new.  There aren't many floors you could say that of....

The Perfect Site

The Perfect Site
We are delighted to announce the launch of the brand new Stone Age website. The site is a comprehensive guide to our products and what we can offer you and showcases many of our recent projects.

Big Warehouse Sale

Big Warehouse Sale

To make way for expansion at our Hertfordshire site (big plans are afoot in 2017), we have launched a Big Warehouse Sale.  Do visit our sale.stone-age.co.uk site for some great deals.  We have a huge range of tiles with discounts of up to 70%, basins and other miscellaneous stone items including shower trays and an infinity bath.  It's well worth a visit.

What's New at Stone Age

What's New at Stone Age

Stone Age has recently been approved as fabricators of Lapitec.  Known to the industry as sintered stone, exactly how Lapitec has been produced is a closely guarded secret.

Honey Onyx - Stone of the Month

Honey Onyx - Stone of the Month

Honey Onyx is one of our favourite materials.  Desired for its clarity and with consistent veining and an even distribution of colour, its warm tones make it a stand-out choice particularly for bathrooms or wetrooms.  Its transparency also means it can be backlit, though the choice of adhesive methods and the depth of cut is essential to achieving a high quality finish.

Stone Age changes hands

After 28 years at the helm, Stone Age founder Jo O'Grady and his Sales Director brother Richard have decided to take a step back, enjoy retirement and hand over ownership of the business to Managing Director Gary Walters (right in picture) and his new partner James Diver.

New Italian Porcelain Range

Here at Stone Age we're passionate about sourcing the very best materials for our customers - only now it's not just limited to stone.

Last year we extended our product offering to include large format Italian Porcelain from Fiandre.  Now, we've branched out further and are offering a fantastic selection of top quality Italian Porcelain floor and wall tiles.

Limestone in London

Limestone in London
For some of the oldest buildings in the capital, local limestones such as Kentish Ragstone were used. The ancient London wall was built using this stone and is believed to have been transported up to London via the Thames – then an important trade route.

Fenwicks

Fenwicks
For such a glamourous and renowned client, we knew that selecting the perfect stone was essential. We therefore worked closely with the Fenwick team to source a fantastic Marble stone called Fior di Pesca, a stone that we knew would deliver the beautiful but durable finish this project demanded.

Stone Age on Parade: Landmark Projects

Stone Age on Parade: Landmark Projects
Just last week, Managing Director, Jo O’Grady went back to visit the Royal Academy of Arts Sackler Galleries and was pleased to see that the stone floor sourced by Stone Age in 1991, still looks as good as new. A real testimony to the quality and durability of stone considering the sheer amount of traffic the Academy sees on a daily basis.

Stone Age at the Chelsea Flower Show

Silver Gilt at Chelsea

Stone Age at the Chelsea Flower Show
Pietra Serena, the beautiful Italian sandstone, was used for the curved steps at Chelsea and the same material was inlaid with SantaFiore, a brown Italian sandstone, to form the decorative disk at the centre of the garden.

Winter Sale

Winter Sale
Bruno Light is one of our favourite limestones.  It has the warm muted tones of Cotswold Stone yet is more robust than our native stones - it currently is being discounted by 45%

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