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Signature Style: 5 Top Designers Collaborate with Cambria

  • November, 2016
When top design professionals collaborate with Cambria, beautiful things happen.
To discover how five talented interior designers from New York and L.A. shaped and sculpted Cambria natural quartz to create one-of-a-kind furnishings and accessories, read on…

 

The Kristina Table

by Bennett Leifer

“Cambria has done an incredible job of creating beautiful material designs and colors,” says Bennett Leifer, an award-winning interior designer and founder of New York-based Bennett Leifer Interiors. “Their customization and carving capabilities have changed the way I look at quartz.” Leifer’s signature Kristina Table was inspired by a recent trip to Utah and Arizona with his friend Kristina, where the pair was awestruck by the beauty of the landscape. Recalling the soft sculptural and natural lines of Lower Antelope Canyon, Leifer worked with the Cambria fabrication team to create an occasional table featuring a base composed of two separate pieces as an homage to the ever-evolving form of the canyon and nature itself. Composed of six layers of different Cambria pieces wrapped in White Cliff™ and topped with glass, this stunning table invites one to look “into” the depth of the piece.

“Cambria has done an incredible job of creating beautiful material designs and colors. Their customization and carving capabilities have changed the way I look at quartz.”

- Bennett Leifer

The Si02 Candelabra

by D'AquinoMonaco

“As designers, we’re always excited to have new, sustainable materials to add to our palette,” says Francine Monaco, co-founder of D’AquinoMonaco, a New York-based design firm. “As a beautiful reinvention of nature, Cambria combines the best attributes of quarried natural stone with properties of synthetic materials. Rich in color with a variety of textures, each Cambria design takes on a character of its own, inspiring one to think beyond the obvious applications toward new possibilities.” Inspired by the beauty of natural quartz clusters. The D’AquinoMonaco team with colleagues Dane Pressner and Dan Webre used Cambria to create a signature candelabra. At every step of the creative process, the designers were guided by the machinability of quartz, which allowed them to create the appearance of carved and folded surfaces within their design. Together with the Cambria fabrication team, they created the crystalline Si02 Candelabra which combines elegant Cambria Brittanicca™ with select surfaces of polished brass, creating a bold and sophisticated mix of materials. An iconic object that animates any tablescape, the Si02 Candelabra is a collection of multi-faceted forms presented as a whole. Unique in their orientation, these separate elements nest to create a single figure held together by their shared form.

“We’re always excited to have new, sustainable materials to add to our palette...Rich in color with a variety of textures, each Cambria design takes on a character of its own, inspiring one to think beyond the obvious applications toward new possibilities.”

- Francine Monaco
 

The Marion Table

by Benjamin Cruz

“Cambria’s incredible selection of colors and designs—plus the ability to enhance it with etching—makes it ideal for custom furniture,” says Benjamin Cruz, a New York-based interior designer and the founder of Benjamin Cruz Designs. “I’m a huge fan of quartz and use it almost exclusively in my kitchen designs,” says Cruz. “Its durability and functionality are essential to today’s home.” Taking inspiration from his own childhood home in Southern California, Cruz designed a one-of-a-kind table. “When I was growing up, my mother had an accent table with a secret shelf for drinks, which I found fascinating,” says Cruz. “In homage to my mother Marion and her love of entertaining, I designed the Marion table. Crafted of Cambria Galloway™, perforated with hexagons on all three sides, and wrapped in luxurious Moore & Giles leather, this stunning accent table fits perfectly between two club chairs with just enough room for two cocktail glasses and a plate of hors d’oeuvres.

“Cambria’s incredible selection of colors and designs—plus the ability to enhance it with etching—makes it ideal for custom furniture.”

- Benjamin Cruz
 

The Telluride Candle Holder Set

by Lisa Kanning 

“As a designer, I’m always inspired by the rugged landscape of Telluride, Colorado,” says Lisa Kanning, founder of Lisa Kanning Interior Design in New York. “It was rewarding to be able to use Cambria to replicate the natural, organic beauty of the cliffs and bring it into the home.” For her collaboration with Cambria, Kanning was inspired by the stepped, red rock cliffs that surround the rugged yet sophisticated town of Telluride, Colorado. After selecting Cambria Hazelford™ for her design, Kanning created the Telluride Candle Holder Set. Working closely with the Cambria fabrication team, Kanning’s design came to life through thin layers of Hazelford™ with intricate chiseled edges and rotated each layer clockwise from the previous layer to achieve the look of natural cliffs. Capturing and reflecting the dynamism of the Colorado landscape, this asymmetrical layered candleholder set brings an organic, natural feel to any space it inhabits.

“As a designer, I’m always inspired by the rugged landscape of Telluride, Colorado. It was rewarding to be able to use Cambria to replicate the natural, organic beauty of the cliffs and bring it into the home.”

- Lisa Kanning

The Calama Lounger, the Salta Table, and the Geisel Lamp

by Jiun Ho

“I’m always inspired by Cambria because it’s all about color, color, color!” says Jiun Ho, founder of Jiun Ho, Inc., a San Francisco-based luxury lifestyle and design studio. For his signature furniture, Ho looked to both nature and architecture. “I was inspired by the appealing geological formations of the Andes mountains, with their sense of solidity and lightness, and the naked boldness of Brutalist buildings,” says Ho. “The massive, imposing structures reminded me of mountains and, like so many artists, I was brought back to Mother Nature.”Recalling the rough concrete aggregate used in the construction of Brutalist architecture, Ho collaborated with the Cambria fabrication team to reinterpret traditional campaign furniture with its inherent functionality, durability, comfort, and ease of transport and assembly. Using a portfolio of six distinctive Cambria designs, Ho created a contemporary, three-piece furniture collection. Distinguished by simple, interesting planes and a balance of imposing forces, the Calama Lounger features Cambria Blackwood™ and Cambria Galloway™, while the Salta Table is crafted of Cambria Princetown™, and the Geisel Lamp is made with Cambria Swanbridge™, New Brighton™, and Blackwood™.  

“I was inspired by the appealing geological formations of the Andes mountains, with their sense of solidity and lightness, and the naked boldness of Brutalist buildings. The massive, imposing structures reminded me of mountains and, like so many artists, I was brought back to Mother Nature.”

- Jiun Ho

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