NEW YORK, NY, September 23, 2016 — Cambria, the first and only family-owned, American-made natural quartz producer in North America, unveiled unprecedented, unique quartz design objects at “What’s New, What’s Next” at the New York Design Center. What’s New, What’s Next is the season’s most anticipated event for top editors, designers and manufacturers, highlighting what’s next in design through new ideas, materials and products. In collaboration with Jiun Ho Inc. and Luxe Interiors + Design, Cambria challenged five renowned designers to create one-of-a-kind “Cambria Designer Objects,” ranging from furniture to accessories and decor.
Designers Benjamin Cruz, Bennett Leifer, Lisa Kanning, Jiun Ho and design firm D’AquinoMonaco, created quartz furnishings and decor leveraging Cambria’s extensive design palette. Each designer developed unique pieces based on the latest industry trends and personal inspiration, to create a freestanding or tabletop object. In partnership with each designer, Cambria brought each concept to life at its state-of-the-art quartz processing facility in Minnesota. Five dramatic and imaginative pieces were created, all pushing the boundaries of quartz design and fabrication.
The “Cambria Designer Objects” will be on display in Jiun Ho’s new showroom in the New York Design Center until September 30. After the unveiling, they will travel across North America for further viewing opportunities at Cambria Galleries in San Francisco, Toronto, Palm Desert and Minneapolis.
“We are extremely impressed with the vision demonstrated by this elite group of designers. Their designs are simply beautiful, and serve as inspiration for infinite design possibilities with Cambria,” said Summer Kath, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Cambria. “As the industry leader in quartz, we encourage experimentation and creativity beyond traditional countertop surfaces. These pieces demonstrate the beauty of natural stone, the inspiring artistry of our design palette, the ingenuity in Cambria’s fabrication technology and the skilled craftsmanship of our employees.”
“I have long respected the innovation and quality consistently accomplished by Cambria and Luxe Interiors + Design, and this unique collaboration showcases those values,” said Jiun Ho, designer at Jiun Ho Inc. “The “Cambria Designer Objects” showcase the depth and durability of Cambria, as well as its captivating color palette.”
Marion Table by Benjamin Cruz
This narrow accent table features alluring Galloway™ perforated with hexagons on all three sides in a casual, flowing pattern. An accent bar wrapped in Moore & Giles leather adds an intriguing visual and textural contrast. The Marion Table is intended to serve as an accent table positioned between two club chairs, with the nonporous quartz tabletop providing an ideal surface for a cocktail and hor d’oeuvres plate.
Kristina Table by Bennett Leifer
The Kristina Table, designed for use as an occasional table, features a delicate glass top perched above a structured base composed of six layers of distinct Cambria designs (Whitney™, Templeton™, Seagrove™, Carrick™, Parys™ and Fieldstone™) with an outer wrap of crisp White Cliff™. The glass tabletop allows the viewer to look “into” the depth of the base itself to observe its dramatic sculptural curves and the varied tones and textures of the Cambria layers. The Kristina Table was inspired by the beauty of Antelope Canyon in Arizona, and the playful contrast Leifer noted between the rigidity of natural stone and the fluidity of the soft lines of a desert canyon.
Si02 Candelabra by D’AquinoMonaco Inc.
The Si02 Candelabra combines elegant, marbled Brittanicca™ and select surfaces of polished brass, creating a bold and sophisticated mix of materials. Perfect for an iconic centerpiece, the piece serves as an interpretation of natural quartz clusters, with sharp architectural lines and multi-faceted forms of the sculptural candle holders nesting to create a single figure, held together by their shared form.
Calama Lounger, Salta Table and Geisel Lamp by Jiun Ho
This modern three-piece furniture collection includes a Blackwood™ and Galloway™ lounger set, a Princetown™ side table and a Swanbridge™, New Brighton™ and Blackwood™ floor lamp. The collection was inspired by Brutalist architecture and the natural world, serving as an expression of the similarities found in geological formations and the Brutalist style. The contemporary furnishings feature smooth, captivating planes of natural quartz combined with the rough aggregate used in concrete construction, achieving an eye-catching balance of imposing forces.
Telluride Candle Holder by Lisa Kanning
Nine thin, intricate layers of velvety brown Hazelford™ are stacked and rotated clockwise from the previous layer in irregular curved patterns, achieving the rugged feel of natural cliffs. Inspired by the stepped mountain cliffs of the majestic Rockies in Telluride, Colorado, this asymmetrical, layered candle holder is designed to bring an organic, natural feel to any space it inhabits.
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Cambria is the first and only family-owned, American-made producer of natural stone surfaces. As a stain resistant, nonporous natural stone surface, Cambria is harder, stronger, safer, and easier to care for than other stone surfaces. Unlike other stone surfaces, all Cambria designs are completely maintenance free. Headquartered in Le Sueur, Minnesota, Cambria is sold through an exclusive network of premium, independent specialty retail and trade partners that can be identified at CambriaUSA.com or CambriaCanada.com. #CambriaQuartz
About What’s New, What’s Next at New York Design Center
New York Design Center hosts the eighth annual What’s New, What’s Next event on September 22, a showcase of new ideas, design, materials and products. The most anticipated event of the season will boast presentations, book signings and panel discussions with the industry’s top editors, designers and manufacturers. New York Design Center is New York’s resource for Interior Design located at 200 Lexington Avenue. For more information, visit NYDC.com. #WNWN
About Luxe Interiors + Design
Luxe Interiors + Design believes that home is your greatest luxury. Celebrating regional architecture and design, they encourage design enthusiasts to seek out and connect with local design professionals in the place they call home. Luxe Interiors + Design imparts this philosophy through multi-platform channels – in print, digital and at events – where they inspire, inform and engage with luxury design enthusiasts, architects, interior designers, home builders and the design community at large. Luxe Interiors + Design is a SANDOW company, where the boundaries of innovation and creativity are pushed every day.
About Jiun Ho, Jiun Ho Inc.
Jiun Ho Inc. is a luxury lifestyle and design studio started over 15 years ago by interior and product designer Jiun Ho. Jiun Ho was nominated for Interior Design’s Best of Year (BoY) in 2010 and his designs have been published in leading national publications, including Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, Interior Design, New York Times and Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine. He is frequently invited to participate in prestigious show houses, as well as on design panels across the globe. His collection pieces adorn some of the country’s most exclusive homes, and are available in premiere showrooms throughout the United States, Canada and select international locations.
About Benjamin Cruz, Benjamin Cruz Designs
Benjamin Cruz has always been drawn to clean, cool, contemporary design. Cruz began his design career in Los Angeles. Throughout this time he helped decorate various homes and ensured he was always up to date on the latest trends by reading shelter magazine titles, visiting showrooms and attending industry trade shows. In 2006, he finally began his interior design career full time with projects in Manhattan and East Hampton.
About Bennett Leifer, Bennett Leifer Designs
Raised between New York City and Great Neck, Long Island, Bennett Leifer was exposed to fine art, architecture and interior design from a young age. Throughout his career he has worked on projects of all sizes, scope and style and has experience working on projects globally, including New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Hong Kong and Paris. In 2015, Leifer was recognized as a “Next Wave” designer by House Beautiful magazine, highlighted as a featured designer at the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House and named a “Star on the Rise” by Decoration & Design Building.
About D’AquinoMonaco Inc.
D’AquinoMonaco has been dedicated to creating progressive spaces for close to 20 years. As architects, decorators and designers, they have chosen to create experiences that inspire, not bound by style or time. The studio takes on work of all types, including hospitality, private residences, exhibition design and product design. Each project begins with a unique vision and their signature hands-on approach, which demands an expectation of quality, attention to craft and execution of distinctive designs.
About Lisa Kanning, LKID
With over 20 years in the design industry, Lisa Kanning expertly leads LKID in achieving unique and luxurious surroundings for its clients. As LKID’s founder, Kanning has received numerous accolades in her field ranging from cover and editorial stories in regional and national publications to recognition in the internationally acclaimed Andrew Martin Interior Design Review. LKID aims and assures to bring a fresh sensibility and aura of excitement to each project.