DuPont. The Zodiaq Terra countertop (at left) collection replaces some of the quartz used in the original Zodiaq collection with glass, at least 50% of which is pre-consumer recycled, according to the maker. The engineered stone material also includes polymer and pigment. Four natural colors are available. Zodiaq is nonporous and, when properly cleaned, does not promote the growth of mold, mildew, or bacteria, the maker says. 877.229.3935.

J. Aaron

J. Aaron. Handcrafted stainless concrete countertops (at right) add an organic element to kitchen design. Using a high-tech mixture of additives along with specific finishing techniques, the maker says it has developed a 100% stain- and acid-proof concrete without the need for topical sealers. The 2-inch-thick stainless concrete countertop is available in nature-inspired colors including gray, cream, charcoal, and brown. It can also be fabricated in any shape, and tinted to match any Benjamin Moore paint color. 404.298.4200.


Julien. A new, exclusive partnership with Alno has allowed the maker to create a unique program for its stainless steel countertops (at left). Allowing for convenient product specification, the program includes several edge styles and materials satisfying the new European trend toward ultra-thin stainless steel tops. Julien sinks also can be seamlessly integrated into the tops. 800.461.3377.

HTH Studio

Silestone. Colors in the Life countertop series (at right) are the brightest on the market, the maker says. The five new colors expand the maker’s palette to 65 colors and two texture options across their complete catalog. Colors include green fun (lime), red vital (cherry red), orange cool (pastel orange), yellow dream (butterscotch), and blue enjoy (indigo), and are also available in Silestone Integrated Sinks, allowing for a seamless look from countertop to sink. Silestone materials are protected by Microban and carry a 15-year warranty. 866.268.6837.

Wilsonart. Many of the maker’s laminates now feature Aeon enhanced performance technology. Aluminum oxide particles are dispersed in the melamine resin and applied to the surface of the overlay during the Aeon treatment process. The aluminum oxide helps strengthen the surface against wear, and bolsters the laminate’s stone-like appearance. On Wilsonart HD High Definition laminates, the Aeon process boosts abrasion levels to 1,600 cycles, or four times the industry standard. Most Wilsonart Premium laminates will also incorporate the technology and benefit from abrasion levels of 1,200 cycles, or three times the industry standard. 800.433.3222.