From Terrazzo to Glass the range of versatile Light Manipulating Materials is a fresh take on counter-top design. Custom, small batch manufacturing by our experienced team and in-house material design and prototyping allows for umpteen specifiable features, from color, finish, shape, edge and corner details to the color of light emitted from the surface.
InteractiveMaterials that are activated by and transform with ambient movement, color and light without the need for electronics, sensors and electricity. "Such responsive materials allow architecture to become interactive and engaging, thus embodying a new form of socio-environmental contextualism"- Blaine Brownell, Architect, Educator and Materials enthusiast.
“The Sensitile Scintilla material was chosen for Aloft Hotels’ w xyz bar top because of the play of light and shadows when a hand is run over the surface of the material. The Scintilla pattern also reflects the color and pattern of the the “bit crush” graphic which appears on the back bar at w xyz. The two patterns complement each other as though Scintilla was custom-designed for Aloft.” Starwood, Stamford, Connecticut - Lara Shortall
S Shape table top
Our materials combine the aesthetic versatility, durability and customizability of fine concrete, with light manipulating technology. Even the most complex of counter-top designs can be provided in a ready to install kit of parts.
Sensitile Terrazzo offers customizable and interactive engagement of the senses by responding to touch, movement, color, light, and shadow in unexpected ways.
Light FilteringPatterns integral to resin and glass substrates and embedded optical systems in Terrazzo are designed to filter and extend light in a space. Their use in counter-top designs creates distinctive surfaces that are a joyful resonance of color, light and pattern.
Light-filtering materials distribute and maximize ambient and daytime light to create stunning surfaces.
The stone-like surface of PIXA, when used with back-lighting sources, such as video projection or LED displays, is instantly transformed as images and video are conducted through the thickness of the substrate from the opposite side.
We are sometimes commissioned to realize designs that are public art in their own right. Eye-catching dimensionality of a unique form is detailed carefully to perfection by our exceptional team.
While the optical system that manipulates and transmits light is integral to the material, the lighting system that it is paired with is designed for easy accessibility for maintenance and upgrade.
In addition to edge and corner detailing of material, the pairing of a light source with material takes detailing to new heights. The goal is to achieve a result where the source of light is discreet and the user experience is that of disbelief as the material unexpectedly emits light from a seemingly “unknown” source.
Options and Custom Services
Modern and Minimalist standoffs show off the materials used in the design. Specifiable features include color, size and finish.
Expert fabrication into 3-D shapes such as waterfalls, finishing of exposed edges, either by polishing or edge-banding and sealing of edges that will be exposed to liquids in the installed environment are available options.
Careful consideration is given to the placement of seams in early design to allow for a visually “seamless” surface. The choice of a color-matched or optically clear seaming compound and proper installation technique ensures a continuous and timeless counter-top.
Light-emitting counter-tops are detailed in a number of ways to conceal the light source while allowing easy serviceability. Drop-down corner details that are integral to terrazzo slabs or Resin-wrapped corners give the counter-top an elegant finishing touch while at the same time concealing the mill-work and lighting.
Drop Down edge- Resin/Glass
Since each slab is individually cast and poured, openings for sinks, faucets, electrical, towel and waste receptacles can be precisely integrated.
Cutouts in resin
Precise fabrication of resin sheets allows for creation of features including cut-outs according to the project requirements.
Polishing an exposed edge may simply be enough to achieve the final aesthetic.
Edge banding may be used to match the counter edge to surrounding finishes, to impart a finished look, or to cap a sealed edge for additional protection from spills.
Edge Profiling- Resin
Edge and corner details contribute greatly to the impact of the final design. The versatility of Resin opens up a number of design possibilities.
A monolithic effect can be achieved with integral corner and edge detailing in Terrazzo slabs. This effect is not achievable with natural stone.