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Design and Direct Source

  San Antonio-based Materials Marketing™ announces the strategic acquisition of Portland-based Design and Direct Source (DDS) to its ever-growing family of companies. Founded in 2007 and operated by the well-known industry icon, Ann Sacks, DDS under Ann’s leadership sells and markets to hospitality and commercial projects around the country, working directly with architects and interior [...]

May 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Design and Direct Source

Color of the Year 2016

Pantone, the international colorists, announced the Color of the Year 2016 last week. In a departure from previous form, the "color of the year" is actually two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity. Let's invest a bit of time in this space to investigate the downstream impact that the announced colors have and then suggest a [...]

December 7th, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Comments Off on Color of the Year 2016

British Regency Fireplaces

Architectural components from the British Regency period remain remarkably relevant in present day design plans. Perhaps the easiest examples in the world of a luxury stone purveyor, such as Materials Marketing, are Regency fireplaces. Let's set the stage for this post with a bit of historical reference. The Prince Regent The "Regent," for [...]

December 2nd, 2015|Categories: Architectural Stone, Stone Fireplace Mantels|Tags: |Comments Off on British Regency Fireplaces

Shading in Natural Stone

Shading in Natural Stone is an inherent and desired characteristic. Let’s get that point across very early in this post. Like snowflakes and people, it is safe to say that no two pieces of stone are exactly alike. Even if two slabs were cut from the same block the visual results will differ. Therefore, we suggest [...]

November 11th, 2015|Categories: Architectural Stone|Tags: , |Comments Off on Shading in Natural Stone

Midcentury Modern Style

Why is Mid-Century Modern Style still intriguing us over half a century later? In fact, what is it really all about? Who drove its adoption and when? What are its key elements? Let's wander around this topic for a while and see what we turn up! The Diamond Chair via Wikicommons The period is arguably considered [...]

October 28th, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Tags: |Comments Off on Midcentury Modern Style

Reclaimed Stone Finishes

The use of reclaimed stone in haute design plans has been with us for some time now. In fact, in this space we have spent quite a bit of time on the topic. A few years down the road and the idea is as strong as ever, but perhaps with a few tweaks. Let’s take [...]

October 14th, 2015|Categories: Architectural Stone, Texture and Stone|Tags: |Comments Off on Reclaimed Stone Finishes

Natural Stone Veneer 2015

Very few construction materials compare to the beauty and durability of architectural stone. According to Mark Cachon, author of Architectural Stone, technology has dramatically changed the stone industry in the past several decades. We now have state-of-the-art machinery and manufacturing capabilities that allow us to construct impressive and aesthetically attractive stone interiors and exteriors. Natural [...]

October 6th, 2015|Categories: Architectural Stone|Tags: |Comments Off on Natural Stone Veneer 2015

Magic & Metal Tile

Do you believe in magic? Since it manifests itself in so many ways we must answer in the affirmative. The magic of illusion, the magic of nature, the magic of form meeting function. These are but a few examples if you will allow your imagination to expand the meaning of the word to also include [...]

September 30th, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Tags: |Comments Off on Magic & Metal Tile

Eero Saarinen & TWA

The most perfectly symmetrical marriage of design and commerce in the '60's may have been the union of Eero Saarinen  and TWA at what was then Idlewild Airport in New York City.  Opened in 1962 amidst much futuristic and design fanfare, the TWA Flight Center, as shown below, was a beacon for airline travel, design triumphant, and internationalism. None [...]

September 22nd, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Comments Off on Eero Saarinen & TWA

Natural Stone vs. Cast Stone

For the purposes of this post, let’s go through a few quick definitions. Natural stone is millions of years old. It is quarried from the earth and has gone through many natural changes over time. Cast stone is a type of precast concrete designed to simulate different types of natural cut stone. So time to [...]

September 12th, 2015|Categories: Architectural Stone|Tags: |Comments Off on Natural Stone vs. Cast Stone