A New Use-It-Anywhere Material Has the Look of Plaster Without the Fussy Install
And you’ll never have to repaint again.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 6:14 AM
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Everyone knows Wonder Woman and Wolverine have superpowers, but it turns out our homes can be indestructible, too. Spanish company Cosentino debuted its new Dekton Craftizen collection at this year’s annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and proved walls and floors can have that covetable, hand-finished plaster look while being able to withstand scratches, stains, water—you name it. Giving it even more street cred, KBIS just announced that the product won best of show.
“The beauty of it is that it’s so strong you can put it anywhere you need it,” says Massimo Ballucchi, the brand’s executive marketing director for the Americas. Essentially, the extra-large panels are so tightly compressed that they have zero porosity. Nothing can penetrate the surface, so you can place them inside a shower or at the bottom of a pool—or even clad the entire exterior of your home with them.
The Craftizen collection features five hues (ranging from a natural sand to terracotta) that have a rich, textured look, so when the 126-by-60-inch slabs are laid out in a room, it makes it seem like an artisan came in and painstakingly applied a treatment with a trowel. And because the boards are so large, the grout lines are minimal.
Another pro: The production process runs on 99 percent recycled water and 100 percent renewable energy. They’re also meant to last forever (they come with a 25-year warranty), so while they cost anywhere between $58 and $96 per square foot, depending on the thickness and color you go with, you save money in the long run by not having to pay to repaint the inside (or worse, the outside) of your house every 10 years. Say no more.
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