CAM 44-48.1:Cambria 6/2/10 5:13 PM Page 47 Did You Know? Pure quartz is roughly 10 times harder than marble and up to twice as hard as granite. Only gemstones like diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and topazes are harder than pure quartz. Bonfyre Grill Cambria Gets Haute At Fashion Week El Paseo 2010 in Palm Desert, California, Cambria debuted its latest dress composed primarily of the company’s natural quartz products. The design, created by Christopher Straub, a contestant from Project Runway’s Season 6, features hundreds of semi-circular quartz tiles in four different Cambria colors—Minai, Waverton,Talbot Gray, and Snowdon White—attached to a black canvas sheath. The recently opened Bonfyre Grill in Madison,Wisconsin, features an installation of superbly crafted 6-cm chiseled edge Cambria (Burnbury) on its bar. Fabricated by Temple Construction and installed by Ideal Builders (both of Madison), the bar complements the contemporary decor of the restaurant, which features American cuisine, including hand-cut, wood-fired steaks and chops, fresh seafood, rotisserie chicken, and more. University of Minnesota Contest Winner Cambria’s first Design Challenge was held at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design, with 35 students asked to plan a kitchen redesign using only Cambria quartz surfaces. The students’ plans were judged based on the most creative use of Cambria on multiple applications (countertop, backsplash, wall cladding, flooring, tiling, etc.). The winner was Alissa Wylie (right) with second and third place awards going to Karen Garrido and Colin Nelson, respectively. Lifestyles Winners Cambria’s Design Challenge for students was mirrored by the company’s Lifestyles Contest for professionally installed kitchens using Cambria’s distinctive quartz countertops. The winner was Emilio and Anna-Marie Raimondo for the stunning kitchen shown above in St. Catharines, Ontario, and featuring Whitehall on the kitchen countertops and backsplash, Sussex on the kitchen island and fireplace, and Oakhampton in the powder room.