The wait is over for Porcelain Benchtop Sydney surfaces. Eagerly anticipated by many of Smartstone’s architecture and interior design clientele, have now arrived in Australia. Smartstone has formed an exclusive partnership with Italy’s Atlas Plan, which has been at the forefront of the recent European porcelain benchtop surface trend, particularly for its sophisticated replications of marble and natural stone-look surfaces. This Australian porcelain benchtop collection beautifully enhances Smartstone’s unrivalled quartz surface offering.
For those not familiar with porcelain as a surface material, it is a ceramic product which, through a highly technological process, fuses raw materials using intense temperatures and extreme pressure. The result is a permanently hardened, ultra-compact surface that is non-porous, NSF-approved and heat, chemical and stain resistant. Porcelain is composed of a blend of approximately 30% clay, 15% quartz and 45% feldspar, with no glues or resins used.
Its technical performance and refined aesthetic come together in Atlas Plan’s versatile large format 1600mm x 3200mm (nominal size) porcelain panels. Porcelain’s durability and UV stability make it ideal for outdoor spaces, including building facades, paving and wall panelling, as well as the most demanding, high-traffic interior spaces such as porcelain benchtops and kitchen splashbacks, sinks, tables, bathroom vanities and shower walls… the applications are limitless. A major advantage of porcelain is its slab thickness which can offer an ultra-slim, modern look or can be mitred to create deeper edged profiles or waterfall features. Thinner slabs also allow seamless use across cabinet facades and drawer fronts for a visually uniform result. Atlas Plan’s Natura-Body Tech™ adds extra authenticity to marble-look porcelain surfaces with through-body veining for continuity of surface, edge and corners.