Trends in stone are tugging in two seemingly contrasting directions. First, younger designers are creating homeware fashioned from stone in elemental, primitivist shapes. Although this looks quite simple, the fact that it's made of stone gives it a luxe quality.
Although Stone Age hearts are set in stone, we are now embracing the advances in porcelain design and technology and have launched a new range of fully vitrified and highly durable porcelains that can work inside and out.
As temperatures fall our thoughts turn to cosy fireplaces to ward off the cold during the winter months. With our new CAD enabled water-jet technology installed in our Hertfordshire workshop, we can create bespoke fireplaces and mouldings even faster than before. Whether you're renovating an existing fireplace, creating your own from scratch or recreating an orginal design, do talk to us.
Grey limestones are very popular at the moment and one of our favourites is Colombe Grey.
Marble is making its mark in many bespoke kitchens and bathrooms this year. The first six months of 2017 has seen the Stone Age team complete several landmark projects across the UK.
Stone Age has started 2017 with a 'Best of Houzz' Design Award.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Silver Gilt at Chelsea
Corot limestone is our Stone of the Month for March. This timeless classic combines putty coloured limestone with black tozzettos - a traditional treatment for hallways in period properties. We will soon have it in stock in 400 x 400 tiles with 100 x 100 x 20 mm tozzettos.
1. Metal and Stone
Whether it's gold, brass, copper or pewter, metal and stone are natural partners. The contrast helps define spaces and enables homeowners to personalise interiors and create permanent works of art for walls and floors.
Porta A is our stone of the month for November. It's one of our favourites from the Burgundy region of France.
We recently revisited The Point at Polzeath where we have supplied stone for seven apartments, porcelain for the bathrooms and limestone for the exterior landscaping.
There is still time to save up to 70% on a variety of tiles, basins and other miscellaneous stone projects in our Big Warehouse Sale.
Fabulous and functional - we were asked by Designer Holly Wick (hollys-house.com) to design a worktop for a London recording studio.
The Stone Age fleet of delivery vans is expanding.
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.
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.
One of our latest bespoke projects was a London Penthouse where a grey and white scheme was wanted for the kitchen, bathrooms and entrance hall.
2018 is a landmark year for Stone Age as we celebrate 30 years in stone. The company, founded in 1988, is now one of the UK's leading stone companies and is thriving and innovating in an ever-changing marketplace.
Which Stone Age floor tiles have been most popular with home owners and designers this year?
Stone Age has seen a great increase in the French materials. They have all sold well for large and small projects alike. 'Porta D Clare' our lighter version has proved to be the most popular in this range.
With summer upon us the garden is king once more. We love working with garden designers and architects to create stunning outdoor spaces and our Bluestone Cobbles are proving popular this year.
MD Gary Walters has just returned from Italy where he was personally selecting a stunning piece of Calacatta Oro Fontanilli for a private residential bathroom project in London.
2017 sees Stone Age revamping our Hertfordshire site, home to the Factory, Warehouse, Administration centre and soon a new-look Showroom.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.