Trends New Zealand Volume 34 No 4 - Page 74

Making an impact Benchtops are the workhorses of a kitchen and often lead the aesthetic, too – created in an array of 31 beautiful colours, patterns and finishes, Smartstone engineered quartz surfaces offer a variety of options Above: Designed by Kim Primrose of Mastercraft Kitchens Pukekohe, this kitchen benefits from sleek 20mm- thick Smartstone benchtops in Statuario Venato with a polished finish – an ideal complement to the cabinetry and floors. Smartstone polished surfaces are offered in four price brackets to suit a variety of projects and budgets, with Statuario Venato in the Exclusive range. search | save | share at As one of the leading surfaces in the kitchen, your choice of benchtops can have a dramatic impact within your design. The trick is selecting a benchtop surface that’s enduring, affordable and simply a pleasure to look at every day. Smartstone is the ideal solution for any benchtop in your home, be it kitchen, bathroom, laundry, living or other areas, says Smartstone NZ sales manager Doug Angove. “Smartstone gives you the beauty and sense of luxury of natural stone but with a harder, more durable surface,” says Angove. “And building on Smartstone Australia’s reputation for quality and innovation, Smartstone surfaces are now available throughout New Zealand.” Smartstone is manufactured with at least 93% quartz, combined with pigments and resins, which makes it extremely durable. This means Smartstone is highly resistant to scratches, stains – including those dreaded red wine marks – and chemicals. In addition, it never requires sealing. As well as all these pluses, so vital in a hard- working kitchen, Smartstone surfaces boast the standout hero quality to lead or lift any kitchen design. The New Zealand collection comes in a broad array of 31 colours and is now offered in