On the basis of my previous post on alternatives to carrara marble counters, a client and I set out for a stoneyard in Brooklyn with the express intention of purchasing quartzite (a natural quartz slab) for her kitchen counters. Much to my surprise (and hers), she left there that day having decided against the quartzite in favor of a ceramic countertop product I have never even heard of before:
The product is called Neolith, and it is made by the Spanish company Thesize.
My client chose it because she was looking for an all-white countertop and liked the clean, modern look of the ceramic. She chose this white color which the company calls Nieve. She also liked the fact that Neolith is a matte finish and that it is zero maintenance.
After further research, I can report some other advantages as well: Neolith is lightweight, environmentally friendly (and does not release fumes or use harmful sealants), fire-resistant, hygenic, easy to clean, extremely durable (with no scratching or chipping), and will not fade in sunlight (a problem with some resin-based countertops like Caesarstone). You can use knives directly on the surface and place hot pots right on it. It comes in a variety of widths and colors. My only caveat: the edges of the counter are mitred together, so you can’t have a bullnose or round edge; it can only be a square. However, most people who would want this look would want a clean, modern edge in any case.
While the Nieve was the choice for her, I actually loved the some of the darker color choices for modern kitchens which looked like cement or basalt:
The company also has some bright color options for the superdaring, like this cobalt blue:
What do you think of this look? Is this something you would use? Please comment and let me know!