A FEAST FOR THE EYES - NEOLITH® ON THE MENU FOR PROFESSIONAL KITCHENS The dining out experience is thriving. With the restaurant industry expecting significant growth of 83 million more visits by 20191, it is vital for commercial kitchens to find a way of standing out from the competition. Performance is paramount, but as open plans and cookery schools grow in demand2, interior designers need to balance functionality with aesthetics, sometimes extending the diner experience into the kitchen. Worktops, splashbacks and even floors need to be able to handle the culinary tasks of every service, from breakfast through dinner; each spill, splash and smudge, every chop, whack and roll. However, they also need to embody a brand’s signature style and ethos. Achieving this balance,
Neolith®, a market-leading brand of Sintered Stone surfaces, is becoming a top choice for commercial kitchen designers and fabricators. Particularly, they praise the material for its high degree of flexibility to create culinary interiors which deliver not only an enduring, resistant workspace but also beauty of form. It offers the assurance of long-term value and durability. Best served bold A culinary artist’s workspace is their studio. Light neutral colours provide an ideal blank canvas for broad strokes of vibrant red tomato sauce and emerald green accents of parsley. Visionary German chef, Holger Stromberg selected Neolith Arctic White for the kitchen worktops in his restaurant KUTCHiiN and flagship event space Campus Loft. Known for having an idiosyncratic style, Stromberg eludes labels, so it was important to incorporate a pure, simple and visually malleable surface that could take on any character that he might bring to it. Meanwhile in Milan, culinary maestro Alessandro Borghese employs Neolith Calacatta in his cosmopolitan restaurant Alessandro Borghese – Il lusso della
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semplicità. Specified for its hygienic and stain resistant qualities, he uses the elegant palette as more than a worktop, going a step further by plating his adventurous cuisine directly onto the surface. Instagrammable backdrops are in high demand and a delicately veined marble pattern never fails to deliver. Renowned French pastry chef Anne-Sophie Rischard specified Neolith Blanco Carrara to provide a flawless background for photographing and filming her delicate patisseries and baked confections. Functionally, a perfectly smooth polished finish improves the consistency and texture of her pastries, with incredibly low porosity ensuring an unblemished dough. Upon completion or between creations, flour can be easily wiped away. In line with the growing appetite for a career in hospitality, Neolith is seeing a blossoming interest in its surfaces in open kitchens and cookery schools. In settings frequented by the public, whether nonprofessionals, students or food aficionados, every detail must be carefully thought out to make a memorable impression. To achieve this, designers are looking to darker, inkier tones found in igneous rock. The depth and contrast offered by dusky, organic colours such as basalt, obsidian and soapstone, inspire adventurous choices, from monochromatic contrasts to visually bold worktops and kitchen islands. Neolith Basalt Grey was specified for The Kitchen at Chewton Glen, an open plan combination of a cookery school and restaurant. The fine-grained motif complements the streamlined design of the worktops. Affording a spacious, seamless surface for two students to work on comfortably, large format slabs have been expertly cut to deliver flawless fabrication and installation with sinks and appliances. While stainless steel is ubiquitous in the commercial sector, owing to its antibacterial quality and ease of cleaning3, it offers little aesthetic flexibility. Furthermore, the metal surface does not retain its sheen for long, being easily scratched. This is avoided with Sintered Stone. Neolith’s waterproof quality delivers a hygienic product, both impervious to chemicals and easy to sanitise, ideal for any cooking space. It also provides designers with incredible scope for creativity and personalisation to fashion a functional and beautiful kitchen.
Neolith’s patented NDD (Neolith Digital Design) technology has opened up more possibilities for chefs to explore and experiment with interior design trends in their workspace. The understated grandeur of natural sandstone, so popular in medieval European architecture, is becoming a popular choice for designers. While the genuine material is not waterproof and so is unsuitable for kitchen application, Neolith’s own Mirage offers an authentic interpretation with convincing, spontaneous and captivating graining combined with near-zero porosity, giving the rich, sand-inspired aesthetic access to a new domain: the culinary studio. Throughout 2017 Neolith also noticed an appreciation and increase in demand from both architects and specifiers for playful Terrazzo, alongside other retro stone patterns. This colourful design classic once so popular, from bank floors to DIY applications, is finding a fresh lease of life as a chic surface in the kitchen. Exciting motifs, once limited in their use, are now available, opening up fresh opportunities for designers to be as imaginative in the kitchen as they are in the dining room. ïïïKåÉçäáíÜKÅçã