Edge profile of the stone often defines the style of the interior – whether it is modern or classic, humble or exclusive. In Scandinavian residential sector, currently the most popular edge profile is simple straight edge. On the other hand, the trend of ceramic worktops has caused the rise in demand for miter edge. Interiors in HORECA sector find the opportunity to stand out and show uniqueness with classic profiles and outstanding “sandwich profiles”.
Nowadays “straight edge” profile aka “eased edge” is the most popular choice for kitchen tops. This profile is minimalistic and very suitable for “scandi style” projects that are highly valued in our area. Simplicity is always appropriate, functional and affordable. No expensive machinery or special skill is required to make high quality straight edge for worktops, window sills or stone tables. Also, this profile is suitable for every stone type – including sintered stone/ ceramics and natural quartzite that are more difficult to fabricate compared to other stone materials.
As soon as it is desired to add a small twist to the project and make the standard bevel slightly rounded – either a very expensive machine is needed (the hardest task for any polishing line) or a craftsman with a very steady hand must fulfil the task. A pencil round profile is both beautiful and practical, but the execution process is miles away from the common straight edge profile.
Some villas and restaurants make the stone edge world much more diverse. Thanks to creative architects that are among our customers, we are well equipped with various CNC tools to make all kind of amazing profiles. Please see the photos of some of our works to find out which edge profile will suit your project the best.
Another highly popular solution is a miter edge. It looks similar to a straight edge, but the process of making it requires much more work. The stone is cut at a 45 degree angle allowing two pieces to be fused together forming a 90 degree angle. For some sophisticated materials, in order to achieve the best quality and a delicate connection, the miter needs to be cut by waterjet, this significantly increases fabrication time and cost.
Miter edge is used:
a) when you have a thin (ceramic slab 6 mm, 12 mm) or fragile stone material (marble 20 mm) that requires a substrate to make it stronger;
b) when a thicker edge is desired. Any custom thickness 40 mm–200 mm can be glued up from thin materials and it will look like a solid block of stone.
A high quality miter connection should be barely noticeable. As ceramics are not full-body materials (the edges do not have the same pattern as the surface), miter technology is often used in order to have pattern or veins also on the edges.
A waterfall edge is a mitered edge that continues to the floor. Many times the veining pattern can be preserved down the waterfall edge giving a sense of movement and flow.
More profiles can be invented with a “sandwich” type of edge profile technology. These solutions are mainly used in public areas – restaurants, hotels and cruise ships. Some residential projects also feature very special designs that involve those outstanding profiles.
These profiles provide extraordinary looks and make the interiors truly unique. Making “sandwich” type of profiles requires most work both for CNC machinery and handicraft.
Special profiling can also be applied to plinths and cornices. Cornices are often used in bathrooms with high ceilings when the marble panels are not high enough to reach the ceiling. Then the profiled cornice is installed to complete the marble wall and a painted or plastered wall continues to the ceiling.
Stone plinths are used when the floor is covered with stone slabs or tiles. The plinth design can be minimal – straight pieces of stone with normal “eased edge” or a sophisticated or even custom made profiling, combined with glued miter connection, following the advanced shapes of the room, furniture or columns.
Examples of sophisticated floor plinths where various technologies of profilining and miter gluing are applied. Made from slabs and blocks of Crema Marfil marble. Design by AkoIn.
There are limitless possibilities to create fireplace surrounds in stone. We can make simple and very sophisticated solutions exactly according to your project.
A stone fireplace mantel brings elegance and coziness to any interior, be it in a hotel lobby, apartment or restaurant. It’s timeless elegance, a royal touch made accessible to everyone. This nuance frames the entire room and gives everyone the feeling that they could stay in this room for hours and hours.