Granite countertop or bar counter ofmarble? And how do you like an apron from ore with gold veins above the working area? If you decide to use an artificial stone in the kitchen, the impossible will not be for you. The stone is one of the oldest materials for decoration. One of the most beautiful and most expensive. Until recently, he remained so. Until an artificial stone appeared. Is the replacement equivalent? Let's try to figure it out together. Artificial stone is made of stone crumbs, various fillers, polyester resins - and then this is an agglomerate; from clay and mineral additives - and then it is porcelain stoneware; and there are variants of colored concrete. Any of these materials perfectly suits as a finishing or basic in the production of furniture and equipment: countertops, bar counters, sinks, sinks. And recently they even decorate window sills, walls and floor. A variety of fillers allows imitating the pattern of any natural stone. Moreover, you can apply a picture to the stone. With the help of new processing methodsthe artificial stone is given any shape. And then you get the sinks and washbasins that make up the whole with the desktop. For equipment that is constantly in contact with water, this is very valuable. Artificial stone has a fairly high strength and durability. It is difficult to spoil or scratch. Marina Chernova, designer: - It's hard to find yet the same material as an artificial stone, which would be combined with such ease with almost any other. And the variety of its types allows you to use artificial stone in a variety of interiors, no matter what design style they are not. The ability to easily remove from the surface made of artificial stone, any dirt, soot, stains of organic origin make this material the most in demand for the manufacture of aprons for the kitchen and for work desks. Artificial stone gives unlimited opportunities for furniture designers, since it can produce furniture of any configuration. Svetlana Ozerova, Natalia Yung, designers of the bureauprivate interiors Oybureau: - The undoubted advantages of artificial stone include its rich decorative features. The material is presented in a wide palette of colors, can be monophonic, have a grainy picture or a rich "stone" texture, blotches. The surface of the artificial stone can be from mirror-glossy-smooth to velvety-matte and even so-called "vulcanized" - pleasantly uneven, imitating a stone stone. The disadvantage of this material is its artificiality - the composite is not suitable for eco-designists. He will not grow old together with us, he will not present unique natural patterns like natural stone or wood, he will not tell the unique history of his origin. This is a very modern material in its spirit and, in our opinion, is unlikely to be appropriate in the traditional interiors of country estates and "old Moscow" apartments. And due to the tyranny inherent in the artificial stone, it is not worth using in exclusive, individual, especially classical interiors. It is better to turn to the variety of natural stone. facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004683243495 The artificial stone has another importantadvantage: if the interior of the kitchen bores you, you can always change it, because an artificial stone, unlike a natural one, is relatively inexpensive.