Caesarstone launches four sultry shades to meet the demand for darker kitchens

posted on Monday, 3rd August 2020 by Steve May

High-end  Kitchens  Bathrooms  Restoration 

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In response to a growing demand for darker kitchens and bathrooms, luxury worktop specialist Caesarstone is introducing four darkly dramatic new shades.

Increasingly, dark slate and stone, along with metal and black lacquered wood, is being used both in residential and hospitality spaces, as an antidote to lighter surfaces and colour palettes.

The collection is said to take its lead from the desert and the great outdoors.

“We look for inspiration everywhere and in order to design a series of products that truly captured the trend for dark interiors and kitchens,” explains Caesarstone’s global head of design, Mor Krishe. “We turned our attention to the outside world, to the desert landscapes where natural stones are scorched by day and frozen by night, weathered by this endless cycle to produce the most wonderful patinas and textures."

"We studied a huge variety of black and dark stones and they all had their own characters, some very simple and minimalist and some which were full of detail and vibrancy. They all evoked different feelings within the design team; some stones felt naturally warm and comforting, while others had patterns and texture that felt epic in scale, reminiscent of the vast and rugged landscape from which they came.”

The challenge, he says, was to bring these elemental natural aspects into people’s homes.

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Speaking about the new additions, Caesarstone UK MD Amir Reske adds: “The Caesarstone portfolio continues to go from strength-to-strength and having first previewed the new designs to key trade partners earlier this year, we are delighted to officially bring them to market this month. From the classic luxury of Empira Black to the matte infinity of Piatto Black, via the evocative patinas of rusted Oxidian and weathered Black Tempal, the ‘dark theme’ is the finest example of Caesarstone’s design credentials since the launch of our ground-breaking Metropolitan Collection back in 2018. It is a testament to our unique design process and our incredible R&D team that we have managed to achieve this stunning collection, and superbly demonstrates how we, as a brand, continuously monitor the latest design trends to shape and inform our newest ranges.”

Three of the designs – Black Tempal, Piatto Black and Oxidian - are enhanced by the brand’s new Natural Finish; a slightly textured appearance that adds warmth and tactility to the surface. A satin sheen also gently reflects light while enhancing  the colour and depth. 

Alongside its aesthetic and tactile benefits, Caesarstone’s Natural Finish reduces the impact of marks and fingerprints, thus guaranteeing the minimal care and maintenance routine associated with all Caesarstone products.

These four new dark shades join several other existing colours in the Caesarstone collection that are enjoying growing attention as home owners and designers turn to the dark side; 5100 Vanilla Noir, 3100 Jet Black, 4120 Raven and 5003 Piatra Grey. All are available in Polished Finish.

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The new Caesarstone collection in detail

5810 BLACK TEMPAL
Joining Caesarstone’s Metropolitan Collection, Black Tempal has soft, mineral deposits that give rise to a delicate veil of warm whites, which contrast with the sturdy black charcoal base. Its textured, complex, industrial composition reflects a captivating interpretation of travertine, as its finish enhances the colour’s depth with warm, granular highlights. Black Tempal’s organic essence pairs well with humble materials such as rough slate and raw concrete, working together to create a striking juxtaposition of colours and texture.

5101 EMPIRA BLACK
Empira Black (pictured below) has a dark base composed of rich, deep black, contrasted by fine, white natural veins. An alternative to of marble, it can be used to bring a touch of sophistication to residential kitchens and bathrooms  as well fashionable hotels and hospitality spaces. Empira Black is the latest addition to Caesarstone’s Supernatural Collection, evoking the look of marble, with the enhanced technical properties of quartz.

4735 OXIDIAN
Another new addition to the Metropolitan Collection, Oxidian celebrates the industrial aesthetic of patina and the tactile experience of touch. A dark grey base with true depth, the Natural Finish of Oxidian presents a slightly textured grain that consumers can truly feel. Tarnished with an oxidised russet effect that is distributed unevenly, just like real rust, Oxidian is a trend-savvy, aged surface that maintains the practical durability and low maintenance synonymous with all Caesarstone products.  A picture containing drawing

Empira _Black _Render _CU_Polish

3101 PIATTO BLACK  
With a  fine, granular appearance, complemented by a textured finish, Piatto Black is designed with versatility in mind; from graphic islands to backsplashes for a grander statement. As a countertop, it is used freely in both kitchens and bathrooms, beautifully accompanying monochrome cabinetry and tiles. It works well in both contemporary, domestic kitchens when paired with marble, dark woodgrains and industrial concrete floors, while in the hospitality environment, Piatto Black creates a new, evocative atmosphere in bars, lobbies and restaurants.  

Piatto Black is available  from £410 per sq/m, while Black Tempal, Oxidian and Empira Black are available from £550 per sq/m.

Steve May

Inside ID Editor Steve May is a freelance lifestyle and technology journalist, who also writes for Ideal Home, the i, T3, Home Cinema CHoice, TechRadar and Trusted Reviews.

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