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By Eric Mutrie
Photography by Naomi Finlay

Editor’s note: This feature story was published in spring 2015. For up-to-date info, refer to our Cosentino store listing.

Though 
new 
to 
Toronto, 
Cosentino
 is 
no 
stranger 
to 
the 
surfacing-material 
game. 
In 
fact, 
a 
timeline 
on 
one 
of the 
Spanish
 company’s 
uptown 
showroom 
walls 
summarizes 
its 
80-plus 
year 
history 
as 
an 
innovator
 in 
stone
 countertops.

Toronto countertop materials showroom Cosentino Surfaces.

Much
 like 
a 
Silicon
 Valley 
start-up, 
Cosentino 
is 
always pursuing
 the 
next
 big 
thing –
 experimenting
 to 
create 
more
 durable 
and
 more 
expressive
 materials
 and 
finding 
new
 applications 
for 
natural
 resources. 
Recent
 innovations 
include 
Suede, 
a 
matte-finish of the
 Silestone quartz 
material
 that 
mimics
 the luxe 
texture 
of
 leather, 
as
 well 
as 
Eco, 
a 
tree hugger-­friendly 
surface
 made
 out 
of 
recycled 
porcelain
 tiles, 
sinks,
 toilets
 and 
non-leaded
 mirrors.

Toronto countertop materials showroom Cosentino Surfaces' Miele demo kitchen features Silestone Lyra countertops.

Throughout 
its
 new 
930-square-metre 
space
 at
 Castlefield
 Avenue 
and
 Caledonia
 Road, 
Cosentino
 proves
 to
 be just 
as
 innovative
 with 
its
 store
 environments.
 At
 the 
front, 
a 
half-dozen 
sinks 
and 
countertops
 showcase
 the
 vein
 consistency
 and
 large 
slab 
sizes 
possible
 with 
quartz –
 from
 standard
 island
 dimensions
 to
 mural
 proportions.
 Further 
in, 
an 
eye-catching 
display
 panel
 presents 
a 
flat 
inukshuk 
made 
entirely 
out 
of 
Cosentino
 materials, 
with
 each 
“rock”
 done
 in 
one
 of the
 six
 colourways 

that 
make
 up
 the 
Silestone 
Ocean
 series.
 A
 gleaming 
demo
 kitchen 
at
 the 
back – 
high-end
 Miele
 appliances
 are
 paired
 with 
a
 marble-like
 Silestone
 Lyra
 countertop –
 hosts
 in-store 
cooking
 lessons
 that 
prove
 the 
product’s 
durability.

Toronto countertop materials showroom Cosentino Surfaces.

Shop Here For: Surface
 materials 
reflective
 of
 serious
 R & D
 investment.
 Cosentino’s 
signature
 granite
 line,
 SenSa,
 is 
treated
 with 
the 
company’s
 proprietary
 SenGuard
 technology,
 which 
penetrates
 stone
 and

 bonds
 at
 a molecular
 level
 to 
provide 
much
 better
 stain
 resistance 
than
 the
 topical 
sealers
 more
 common 
in 
the
 industry. 

The 
super-­resistant
 product
 comes
 with 
a
 15-year 
stain
 warranty.

The exterior of Toronto countertop materials showroom Cosentino Surfaces is covered in black Dekton panels.

Best Bet: Strong,
 weatherproof
 and UV-resistant,
 Dekton 
is 
Cosentino’s
 latest 
innovation.
 To
 demonstrate
 the 
material’s
 resilience
 against
 the
 elements,
 Cosentino
 installed
 black

 Dekton
 panels
 on
 the
 exterior
 of

 its 
own 
showroom.

Originally published in our Spring 2015 issue


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