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Kenyan Blackwood Marble gorgeousness produced by WorktopEnvy.com for our commercial partners

WHETHER it’s white quartz stone worktops or black granite in a residential kitchen, or a high-end commercial project, WorktopEnvy loves to deliver. So today we’re enormously proud to announce that our superior stone-work is up for TWO gongs at the prestigious Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2013.  It’s not every day that one enjoys a champagne moment, but it’s easy to see why the inverted waterfall edge-detail of this expansive bar in the Luggage Room at London’s Grosvenor Square Marriott Hotel caught the RABD judges’ attention. And now we’re on a shortlist of just seven to win the Best Restaurant or Bar in a Hotel category. Crafted by our expert masons from Kenyan Blackwood marble, this five-tiered worktop is now being enjoyed by the discerning denizens of one of the capital’s hottest nightspots. Each layer, bonded precisely together, has a delicate rounded bull-nosed edge finish to create a functional piece of art. Our chairman William Evans worked alongside one of the best design outfits in the world, Fabled Studio, to produce this fabulous example of our trade. He said: “It’s great to be nominated but the truth is it was just another day’s work for us. We apply exactly the same standards of quality and attention-to-detail in every project we take on. Most of all I’m delighted for the stonemasons on my factory floor and the fitting teams who worked through the night to complete this project for Fabled Studio. Like us, Fabled Studio has high expectations of its work and insists its contractors exercise the same level of craft and care. They were a delight to work with.” The full Luggage Room project involved far more than simply making this beautiful bar. We also fabricated and installed a truly stunning art-deco-style fireplace and staircase and laid metre after metre of Turkish Lilac marble flooring, book-matched to radiate natural symmetry using techniques preferred by the finest violin makers. Our work has also helped another of our valued clients onto the Awards’ shortlist, this time in London’s Best Multiple Restaurant category. To learn more about the Calacatta Oro marble we installed at Piccolino Cicchetti, check here. for Best  weighed in with a second nomination To discuss your private or commercial stone-work needs just Request a Call Back or email info@worktopenvy.com. And wish us luck!

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White quartz worktops

This curved white quartz worktop looks like a boomerang
Q: WHAT
would you rustle up on sexy white quartz worktops like these? A: Boo-meringues! Cimstone’s awesomely affordable Arcadia speckled white composite stone is so durable that it guarantees a, er, good return in any kitchen. This brilliantly (Ab)original piece of worktop design is just the sort of project that WorktopEnvy – as approved fabricators of this highly respected quartz brand – loves to tackle. Coupled with flowing thermo-formed high-gloss Parapan acrylic cabinet doors, Cimstone Arcadia’s white quartz beautifully completes the mega-modern handle-less kitchen look. Now, not much could be cooler than propping up an integrated breakfast bar like this to enjoy some culinary magic cooked on a hand-made Barazza Italian gas hob. However, our prices come pretty close. Because, of all the branded white quartz products out there, Cimstone Arcadia is a real box ticker. Not only is it vibro-compressed into slabs so dense they can’t stain under normal conditions, Cimstone also award it a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty against defects in the material. And even better? As one of the most affordable white quartz worktops on the market it’s gentle on the pocket too. Not that you’re in any way limited to one brand with our web-leading range of quartz worktop materials. Be sure to use the filtering functions provided in our Products pages to get an informed view on more than 200 incredible styles, colours and types – all sourced across a broad range of affordability. You can also check out more great pictures of Cimstone Arcadia here, learn how to get a factory-direct price, or scroll through our other Inspiration posts for more slick ideas to inform your kitchen worktop look. As if that wasn’t enough, you can pick up tips from our independent interior design expert The Secret Designer. Or just Request a Call Back over there for a chat >>>>>>

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Silestone Chrome grey sparkly quartz

Silestone-Chrome-grey-sparkly-quartz-worktopSILESTONE Chrome is the ultimate sparkly grey quartz worktop material – beflecked with zinc chips to add bling to your kitchen or bathroom. The Spanish market leaders use special Bacteriostatic silver technology (along with loads of lovely sparkle) to make their quartz worktops hygienic by design, inhibiting the growth of bugs and giving added peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Because this engineered stone is vibro-compressed into high density slabs it is scientifically stain-proof, guaranteeing spectacular looks and performance. Silestone Chrome quartz captures the modern kitchen industrial-chic look perfectly and, when installed by trusted Approved Fabricators like WorktopEnvy, will provide years of hassle-free use in your home. And as with all Silestone products, Chrome quartz comes with its own 10-year manufacturer’s warranty against defects in the material. Not that you’re in any way limited to one brand with our web-leading range of quartz worktop materials. We’ve built-in filtering functions to our Products pages to help you get an easy and informed view on more than 200 striking styles, types and colours – all carefully sourced across a wide range of affordability. You can also check out more pictures of Silestone Chrome here, learn how to get a factory-direct price, or scroll through our other Inspiration posts for more awesome ideas to help you achieve your dream kitchen worktop look. Or you can pick up tips from our independent interior design expert Mhairi Coyle about the hottest kitchen looks for 2013 – and learn how to add timeless elements to any kitchen scheme. The best way to get an accurate price is to email us a drawing of your kitchen plan to info@worktopenvy.com so feel free to drop us a line. Alternatively you can Request a Call Back to discuss your kitchen worktop needs with one of our experts over here >>>

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Compac Imperial brown quartz worktops

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A CONFECTION of glinting gold floor tiles and Compac Imperial brown quartz worktops make a regular Wonka bar of this modern kitchen. With its delicate creamy squiggles, Imperial quartz worktops mimic the movement of natural stone and matches beautifully here with simple white cabinetry to create real eye-candy. Thanks to its smart vibro-engineering, Compac Imperial has superb stain and scratch resistance and a reliably consistent appearance. In fact it’s so tasty we’re hankering for foil-wrapped chocolate just looking at this 24-carat bit of kitchen design. For more yummy quartz and granite worktop ideas check our Inspiration section, learn how to get a factory-direct quote UK-wide, or see this product here. To chat about your worktop supply needs, Request a Call Back over here. >>

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Star Galaxy granite worktops

large star galaxy granite island in surrey home by worktopenvy.com
THIS Star Galaxy
 black granite island demonstrates beautifully the light-giving qualities of  high-gloss dark natural stone worktops. Positioned on hardy pale oak cabinets – lovingly fashioned by quality kitcheneers Amazing SpacesStar Galaxy’s intense polish reflects this family space like a mirror. When it comes to black worktops situated, like these ones, under a strong natural light source, we’ll always recommend granite over engineered quartz. That’s because igneous granite, formed of molten magma millions of years ago, is untroubled by Ultraviolet (UV), while the pigments that make quartz black can degrade under UV, causing a blanching effect over time. There’s also nothing that quite rivals the high polish of granite types like Star Galaxy, whose glassy finish and glinting flecks of bronzite look exactly as the name suggests they might – heavenly. Engineered quartz worktops, of course, are both doggedly durable and vividly versatile in their own right, but for the deepest lustre granite will always be king. Here WorktopEnvy’s skilled masons used clever low-visual-impact mitred jointing to make the box step – a brilliantly effective way to separate worktop areas. We also dreamt up some smartly discreet offset joints to integrate two hefty support pillars into this ambitious four-metre granite work surface design. The shaped hob splash-back completes a beautifully clean, natural look in this modern Surrey kitchen.  Well-sourced, professionally fabricated and fitted granite worktops will make a good kitchen great – and still look pristine in 20 years’ time (just follow our top tips on granite care folks!). For more stone surfacing ideas check our Inspiration pages and catch up with our must-read interior-design column. Or you can browse our web-leading selection of 200+ stone worktop materials, learn how we supply bespoke granite and quartz kitchen worktops factory-direct to the entire UK, or Request a Call Back for a chat about your stone requirements over there >>>>

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Quartz marble-ous quartz

White and grey Carrara marble-style quartz with kidney breakfast barWANT the look of marble without the fuss of such a “soft” natural stone worktop? Here’s one solution. Spanish engineered-stone maestros Compac have reproduced the subtle grey veining of classic Italian marble in its Carrara white quartz. Because it’s vacuum-formed into high-density slabs, this material has superior stain and scratch resistance – so performs perfectly in kitchen conditions. Unlike metamorphic marble – not to be confused with tough igneous granite worktops – Compac quartz is unaffected by household acids like lemon juice. Here it’s been used in multiple thicknesses – including a kidney-shaped quartz breakfast bar – with black acrylic Parapan® doors to stunning effect. Read how to buy this marble-ous product here. Or see our Inspiration and Indie Designer pages.

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The Silestone quartz angle

concept kitchen in SilestoneSILESTONE always has the angle on innovating in quartz – and this kitchen proves the point. The inverted tetrahedron of the dining space is a vision of gravity-defying stone worktop design. Crafted from mitred black 12mmTao slabs, it intersects cleverly with the glacier-white Blanco Zeus Extreme workstation; itself ‘floating’ on a rebated surface and floor-length wraparound legs. The colour-coded Integrity sink, cast in a single solid piece of quartz, completes a high-end ensemble straight out of Miami Vice. As a trusted approved fabricator for SilestoneWorktopEnvy loves this type of challenging project – check our Indie Designer Blog and Inspiration pages for more classy kitchen ideas.

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Affordable Granite

This Angel Cream granite worktop supplied by worktopenvy.com brings brightness to any kitchenHE could say it with flowers. Or he could say it with a nice new set of Angel Cream granite worktops. We think we know which wins. This enduring classic, with its speckles of beige and white, is a surprisingly affordable granite from southern India. It has wonderful, fluid directional movement and cheeky spots of burgundy garnet – great for warming a colour scheme and creating a family-kitchen These granite worktops have pencil-rounded edging to soften the character of the stone. And because we supply and install only premium slabs of granite direct from our factory, the curving peninsular of this Shaker kitchen is a doddle to make. For ideas on using granite or quartz scroll through our kitchen Inspiration section – or view this product here.

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Choc Lime Quartz Worktops

Chocolate Limes in SilestoneTHIS smart piece of quartz worktops design in Silestone has WorktopEnvy dreaming of chocolate-lime boiled candy. Skilled stonecraft went into the low-impact mitred jointing for the box step – a simple and brilliantly effective way to separate work spaces. And there’s something tropical about the flamboyant colour combo. All told, we think jaunty pea-green cabinets go just sweet with the rich-cocoa Gedatsu quartz worktops go with the sleek lines of this sexy undermounted sink just sweet. Not that this quartz kitchen worktop solution is merely an aesthetic triumph – engineered stone is vibro-compressed into high-density slabs designed specifically to minimise the risk of staining, even when exposed to the strongest of pigments. Check out our kitchen blog posts for more Inspiration on granite worktops and quartz worktops – or view this product here. To see how to buy quartz worktops UK-wide, click here. Learn about the hottest kitchen worktop looks from the Secret Designer here, or just Request a Call Back to discuss your needs. Wherever you are in the country, we can help: we have showrooms in South London covering London, Surrey and South East UK and in North Wales covering Chester, Cheshire, Liverpool, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Shropshire.

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Matte Honed Granite Worktops

This honed nero assoluto granite supplied by worktopenvy.com brings understated chic to any kitchenA CASE of pot, kettle, black no one would mind in their kitchen. Honed Nero Assoluto granite worktops have the understatement of slate with the benefits of one of the toughest materials in nature. This deeply consistent Indian stone – installed here by WorktopEnvy for prem kitcheneers Martin Moore & Co. – works well against ceramic-brick wall tiles and white shaker cabinetry. And because of its amazingly dense granular structure, this granite performs assoluto-ly beautifully in any kitchen. For more smoothly gorgeous kitchen worktop ideas check out our Inspiration posts, see this product here, or learn how to get a price factory-direct here from Britain’s granite and quartz worktop supplier.

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