Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter’s Salling Tower in Aarhus, Denmark (from Architectural Record)

1606-Hospitality-Snapshot-Salling-Tower-01On the east coast of the Jutland Peninsula, Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter has created a striking landmark for Aarhus, the second-largest Danish city: a sculptural white tower cantilevered over the bay. With two observation decks, which can be accessed by an elevator or wide staircase that doubles as seating, it provides different perspectives on the harbor and city—a major center for trade, shipping, and industrial activity. VIEW THIS ARTICLE at Architectural Record.

Congratulations to the Finalists of the 2016 HC&G Innovation in Design Awards

HCG-IDA-Logo-UpdatedABC Stone would like to congratulate the finalists for the 2016 HC&G Innovation in Design Awards. Now in its 6th year, the IDAs honor top design in the Hamptons. Categories include Architecture, Interior Design, Kitchen Design, Bath Design, Landscape Design, and Product Design. This year a new category has been introduced for Small Spaces.

Submissions are judged by a panel of key influencers in the design industry, and winning projects will be featured in the September/October issue of HC&G, on, and across social media.

Numbering among this year’s finalists are ABC Stone clients LaGuardia Design (who have been honored in both the Small Spaces and Garden Design categories), Barnes Coy Architects, Bates Masi + Architects, Blaze Makoid Architecture and COOKFOX Architects.

The award ceremony, historically held at the Guild Hall performing arts center in Easthampton, NY, will be held this year at Campbell Stables in Bridgehampton, promising a grander event than ever before.

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Stone Discoveries: Statuary Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln sits, enthroned, in his memorial. The seated figure depicts a colossus of history: one who united, amidst its greatest struggle, a nation divided. I am appropriately humbled, as though in the presence of an idol. But the Lincoln Memorial, the definitive Beaux-Arts masterpiece of the great architect Henry Bacon, and his final project – enthralls me for another reason… I am taken with the striking luminescence of the imposing marble exterior.

This material is, in fact, very special. Owing to the localized geology of the quarry near Aspen, Colorado where the stone, now known as Statuary Lincoln, is produced, the material is 99.5% pure calcite. As a result, it bears a complex and unique grain structure with a smooth texture, as well as that brilliant glow that captured my attention. To help make this material more readily available to the A&D community, I traveled to Marble, Colorado, to visit the storied Yule Marble Quarry.

Yule Marble, of which Statuary Lincoln is the highest grade, was discovered in the Crystal River Valley in 1873 by Sylvester Richardson, a geologist. Prospector George Yule rediscovered the material one year later. Samples were cut, polished, and taken to Denver, but they generated no interest, and so the marble became lost once again. Ten years later, prospectors digging into Whitehouse Mountain for silver and gold entered the Treasure Mountain Dome and discovered a thick marble vein. Thus began the transition of a mining town to one of quarrying marble. While nearby Crystal and Schofield were virtually abandoned, this town, later to become known simply as Marble, was thriving, as it still is today.

Quarry Workers Hitching a Ride

Quarry Workers Hitching a Ride

As I descend into the working quarry, the surrounding atmosphere is mystic; the sights I behold: breathtaking, stunning, and unique. I see large, white marble walls, walls bearing that distinctive glow of the material produced by this quarry: dramatic of aspect, stunning, and immense. To the ceaseless hum of quarrying equipment, saws and generators, I begin to explore, as though in a plane removed from the realms of reality. In the Yule Marble Quarry, I find myself in a one of a kind place unseen, I know, and unheard of, by most people.

The grandeur of the quarry, and a sense of its rich history, flood my senses. I am guided through this maze of earthly treasures to the Lincoln Gallery: named for the inimical memorial of which its material is constructed, it is a large section of the quarry that is unlike any other, producing a material that is undeniably beautiful and more consistent than most.

The natural stone currently on view at ABC represents only the finest rocks on Earth. Procured from 6 continents, ABC has truly moved mountains across oceans to bring the finest stone on Earth to the A&D community. Statuary Lincoln is among the most popular for the construction of monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial, for which it is named, the Washington Monument, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It has also been incorporated in a number of historically significant structures, including Hearst Castle, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and we are honored to bring it to you.

Structures incorporating Statuary Lincoln marble, and the quarry today:

ABC Stone proudly presents… MA’s Concrete

BastideRoses004 At ABC Stone, we are constantly searching the world for the most unique offerings to present to our venerable clientele. It is now our great privilege to announce that we have been chosen as the exclusive North American distributor of MA’s, an ultra-thin decorative concrete widely used in Europe for more than 25 years, but never before available in the United States.

MA’s is a bespoke product; guild labored, and installed by specially trained and certified artisans. It is a waterproof cement micro-topping that lends itself to modern, seamless, one-of-a-kind interiors, exteriors, and many different finishes.

ABC is delighted to share our passion for contemporary design and our unwavering commitment to cutting-edge excellence. Beautiful projects start with an inspired vision and we are honored to be your partner as ideas move from concept to visually stunning reality.

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ABC Stone brought expert MA’s installer, Joseph Peisley, to the US from France to certify and train our artisans in a week-long intensive course. We now have 8 specially trained installers ready to turn your vision into reality.

15 Landmark Buildings by Architect Eero Saarinen (from Architectural Digest)

Eero Saarinen was born in 1910 in Finland and emigrated to the U.S. in 1923. The architect started his career with an apprenticeship and partnership with his father—prolific Art Deco architect Eliel Saarinen—and went on to become one of the most important designers of the 20th century. VIEW THIS ARTICLE at Architectural Digest.