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    Etna Basalt Quarry Visit

    December 4th, 2014 in Case Studies, Factory Visits, General, Quarry Visit

    This months we visited our suppliers quarry and factory near Catania in Sicily. We have an order for 200sqm 600x600x10mm honed tiles and thought it a good time to pop over to see the production.

    I always worry a bit when we are ordering large format (ish) tiles in 10mm in a product that may not normally be associated with that particular thickness/format. In this instance the tiles were prepared by firstly trimming the block to a handleable shape and size using a wire saw. Then a large disk was used to cut the strips (not much wider than the 600mm width we needed) that were subsequently honed on a polishing line and finally cut to size on a bridge saw.

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    Flint Flamed Limestone - Number One Ludgate

    September 30th, 2014 in Case Studies, Factory Visits, General, Stone Finishes, Uncategorized

    This month I visited a factory near Barcelona to check the production of the roof terrace stone destined for the Ludgate Hill project in London. The factory were preparing 500sqm 600x300x30mm flamed Flint Limestone tiles. Fletcher Priest had specified the product and the tiles were to be suspended on pedestals externally.

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    Tudor Capital - Silk Georgette

    September 30th, 2014 in Case Studies, Factory Visits, General

    This week we popped into a factory preparing one of our orders not too far from the Stone Fair we were visiting. The cut to size was well under way.

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    Carter Lane - Blue Savoy and Statuario Marble

    July 5th, 2014 in Case Studies, Factory Visits, General, Uncategorized
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    Selfridges Womenswear Department - Estremoz Maroteira – CM

    June 28th, 2014 in Case Studies, Factory Visits, General

    We have just supplied 400sqm Estremoz Maroteira – CM honed marble from Estramoz, Portugal.

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    Bouverie Street - Blue Savoy & Urban Grey

    June 27th, 2014 in Case Studies, General

    We recently completed a nice reception in Bouverie Street.

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    Holland Park - Titanium & Silver Travertine

    June 8th, 2014 in Case Studies, Factory Visits, General, Uncategorized

    I spent a day in a factory near Siena inspecting some sample slabs from blocks prepared for our residential swimming pool project to which we are supplying Italian Silver Travertine (walls), Iranian Titanium Travertine (walls) and finely bush hammered Thala Beige (pool surround). The pool is actually underground so the Titanium vein cut travertine is an inspired choice by architect Michael Tyler ( This when vein cut and in this case coloured resin filled could be said to look a bit ‘earth-like’ as you can see from the images.

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    Lowndes Square - Arabescato Cervaiole Marble

    April 29th, 2014 in Case Studies, General, Uncategorized

    See here a few images of a bathroom we actually completed a couple of years ago for a property developer client of ours. We actually had all the accurate cutting schedules supplied from site dimensions in good time for us to cut and fabricate everything in Italy and ship to the UK only needing to be fixed.

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    London Reception - Alpine White

    April 6th, 2014 in Case Studies, Factory Visits, General

    We have just completed a stunning reception near Blackfriars. TP Bennett, the architect, specified Alpine White limestone to be used as the background tile with four Eramosa limestone star burst feature panels making this reception space stand out. This all in a huge glass box with spiral staircase and a large double height wall clad in Portland stone.

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    Residential Development - Carrara C Tiles

    April 5th, 2014 in Case Studies, Factory Visits, General

    We currently have a contract to supply 2000sqm 305x305x10mm honed Carrara C tiles. this seemingly straightforward task – no big cut to size or book matching – is not as easy as it seems.

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