Major Players
  1. PLASTIC LAMINATE
    Developed in 1913 as an industrial insulation material
  2. SOLID SURFACING
    Still the number one choice in bathroom counters
  3. GRANITE
    New Hampshire may be the Granite State, but most of the material mined in the U.S. comes from Minnesota
  4. ENGINEERED STONE
    Invented in Italy in 1977, it's often called quartz, one of its primary ingredients
  5. WOOD
    In the '70s it was butcher block; now it's teak, mahogany, and other exotic species


  6. On the Fringe





  7. METAL
    Stainless steel is impervious; copper, zinc, and bronze take on a "living" patina
  8. CONCRETE
    Poured in place to any shape or color
  9. PAPER
    Super-fine sheets glued together to 1-inch thickness
  10. LAVA
    Natural volcanic stone with a kiln-fired enamel glaze
  11. FOSSIL STONE
    Collected from a 50-million-year-old lake bed in Wyoming


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