Silestone and Dekton at Cosentino, Hook
Hashtag for the event – Cosentino UK Hook – CUKHOOK.
We kept reading it as Cuckoo… one of the perils of hashtags!
A week ago, four of us went to Cosentino UK at Hook for an event to mark the launch of new Dekton and Silestone colours. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it myself – I was due to go to the previous day but had to deal with customers and missed the time I needed to leave. So no big camera, and nothing from me. But Carol and Naomi have written up the visit – a personal view of what went on and then something about the new products being launched. What follows is all from them.
Silestone is Cosentino’s big quartz brand, and Dekton is their pseudo-ceramic material – made using “sinterised particle technology” – heat and pressure, for the rest of us. These material;s have their pros and cons – for background, please see articles about Cosentino and different worktop materials.
Silestone and Dekton at Cosentino: Carol’s view
On Thursday the 8th November, along with my colleagues we attended an open evening at Cosentino, Hook.
After an eventful journey where we put the wrong post code into the sat nav and were told ‘be prepared to walk the rest of your journey’, we eventually arrived.
Red carpet and heaters greeted us. A lovely McLaren car in the car park – we were in for a treat.
We were greeted by Lucy who offered us drinks, (very nice thank you). We went into the warehouse, where all the slabs were laid out to see accompanied by some of the Cosentino team. We needed our torches as the lighting was very dim, so much so that even the Cosentino team could not recognise some of the slabs.
I don’t mind if I do!
People were bringing round canapés and we ate these as we went around.
We then spotted a Scalextric track. My colleague had a race and beat Andy, owner of Affordable Granite. Very satisfying for her – this ended up being one of the highlights of her night!
We then went off to have some paella, which was served by a hunk of a man in a chef’s hat. Very nice, food was good too. There was a table tennis table made out of Dekton, such a shame it was covered by leaflets as we would have loved a game. This had been made by Affordable Granite for the event.
Queen of the track!
Mr Gorgeous Paella Man!
Another drink whilst we looked at more slabs and then on to the goody bags, which we filled with samples to bring back to the showroom.
Everyone was very friendly and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Thank you Cosentino.
Silestone and Dekton at Cosentino: Naomi’s view
Naomi has been to a number of events organised by Cosentino – often with better lighting than at Hook. But she had already seen samples of some of the new lines, and has written them up for us here:
Silestone and Dekton at Cosentino: The New Natural and Industrial Materials
This new collection of Dekton colours from Cosentino have the industrial feel that is so popular right now. The tones are neutral and earthy ranging from the light grey white concrete of the Lunar through to the almost black and gunmetal grey of Laos.
Lunar and Kreta are both textured and printed with a cloudy pattern to mimic concrete, whilst Soke, Vera, Kira and Laos have a veined pattern and look more like a stone. I think the Soke is my favourite and the first to get sold through us here at AG, but they are all incredibly tactile and would give that really urban feel to any kitchen with the benefits of heat resistance and stain resistance that you get with a Dekton surface. These materials are great for indoors to outdoors projects and cladding and can be ordered cut to size from Spain in 8mm and 12mm thickness but for worktops we would recommend 20mm thickness. The patterns are not full bodied but the worktops can be mitred on the edge profile to create a thicker of full bodied look around the edges.
A comparative image of small samples of the new Natural and Industrial Dekton products
Silestone and Dekton at Cosentino: Introducing Dekton Stonika collection
The Stonika collection of Dekton from Cosentino is really exciting because they have the XGLOSS finish. Dekton XGLOSS is super shiny like looking at a glass worktop but without the propensity to scratch that is a problem with glass.
When we originally received the samples I fell in love with the ARGA STONIKA because the colour is light but warm and looks so much like real Taj Mahal granite. At the recent open evening Cosentino centre at Hook #CUKHOOK they had actually put the ARGA in front of a slab of real Sensa Taj Mahal granite so that designers and architects attending the open evening could see just how good the print quality is. Arga’s darker brother Taga is also lovely with a very similar pattern in just a darker vein. The Korso, which is a gloss version of the Kira in the natural collection, is also lovely and I think the warmer colour tone works beautifully in the X-gloss finish. The smaller samples really don’t do justice to the Bergen Stonika . This one really surprised me on the open evening as it looked so much better in large scale when you see the whole slab. The black and dark grey veining on off-white background would look stunning on an island or peninsula with mitred down-stands.
Dekton Taga Stonika – in front of a slab of real Taj Mahal, of which it is a copy
Dekton Bergen Stonika
Comparative image of Dekton XGLOSS Stonika samples
Silestone and Dekton at Cosentino: Introducing the Silestone Loft Series
Cosentino who manufacture Silestone quartz have introduced two exciting new colours. Silestone are truly on Top in terms of being bang on in line with current trends with the Loft series.
The loft series colours have that industrial texture and feel that so many of our customers at Affordable Granite are looking for. Although it is possible to order most of the Silestone colours in the suede finish the loft series have a slightly different raw texture.
Silestone Loft Silver Lake
Silestone Brooklyn. Silestone on Top again design-wise with this stone. Like the Silver Lake it has the lovely tactile raw surface. The colour is a deep almost metallicy looking grey with darker and lighter patches within it. So often we are asked for dark textured or concrete look surfaces and the Brooklyn really fits the brief.
The loft series materials are only available in the one textured ‘Raw’ finish but with full bodied pattern in three thicknesses 12mm, 20mm and 30mm, although we here at Affordable Granite usually recommend 20mm or 30mm for worktops. They are available in Jumbo size slabs which means that you can get as single length (subject to access and design) up to 3200mm and a width of 1520mm.
Already a favourite – an imposing slab of Sensa Black Beauty granite in the Cosentino showroom
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Photography: Tina Davies and Naomi King