While naturalness is valued and cherished as the greatest asset, scientists are still working in laboratories seeking to turn the disadvantages of nature into benefits. One of the fields that is inseparable from people’s daily lives is interior design. So what products get the most attention when outfitting both a home kitchen as well as a hotel lobby? Is it easy to choose between natural and artificial materials?
For 50 years, when considering the future interior space and materiality, for the decor you can choose not only from natural stone but also from synthetic stone! Natural acrylic stone, also known as Solid Surface is the invention of Donald Slocum, the scientist of the company “DuPont”, which brought about a major breakthrough in the market in 1967. Due to the lightweight formation and unlimited design possibilities, this artificial stone has become an integral symbol of a unique design for most architects and designers. While there are no alternatives to this product developed, high quality and high popularity among consumers has allowed the manufacturers of natural acrylic stone to take a strong position on the market.
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Artificial stone mass is made from natural stone elements (for example, quartz, granite stone dust, etc.) by adding synthetic acrylic or polyester, and sometimes by mixing these two materials. They differ in this aspect: artificial stone mass with acrylic offers wider thermoforming possibilities while if the polyester is chosen higher colour saturation can be obtained. The main reason that contributed to the success of artificial stone is its hygienic and antibacterial surface. Unlike a natural porous stone, the stone product has no pores. The water does not accumulate in it, which allows protecting surfaces from environments that are favourable for microbes, viruses and moulds. This product is suitable for allergic people, easy to clean and hygienic. Unlike natural stone products, artificial ones do not need to be specially impregnated each year.
Unlimited design possibilities
If you can imagine it, that means it can be made of artificial acrylic stone! Due to its high thermoplasticity, at 149 °C this stone mass can be formed or shaped and implemented for the most unexpected design ideas. A solid and unique product that does not have visible stitches or gaps is produced. When choosing synthetic stones, smooth and warm surfaces will be pleasant to touch, and a large range of colours and patterns will allow you to easily fit the product to any interior. Despite the fact that this material is extremely light and can be used to produce a wide range of products, it is very rigid material that surpasses even the natural stone. A rigid and long-lived acrylic stone product can be used to make furniture not only for the home space but also for hotels, cafes, shops or laboratories!