Practical and beautiful: these are still the most appropriate adjectives to describe the best kitchen countertops for 2021.
In line with the trends in interior decorating in recent years, the world of contemporary kitchens maintains all its dynamism, continuing its technical and aesthetic evolution in pursuit of functionality and expressiveness.
The possibilities offered by the new materials are in fact still based on the timeless rules of "good design" and therefore the concepts of innovation, utility and durability.
2021 adds to these consolidated aspects the search for maximum customisation in the kitchen, which may be achieved with a touch of luxury and a creative approach that goes outside the box.
High-tech porcelain is one of the most important materials of recent years for a form of design that is as useful and practical as it is beautiful, resistant and always original, frequently anticipating the trends and responding to the tastes and aspirations of today’s consumers.
The aesthetic variety of today’s collections of high-tech ceramic slabs permits a tasteful, creative approach to the kitchen, creating custom-designed spaces in which meal preparation becomes an experience involving the senses and tantalising the imagination. High-tech ceramic countertops and surfaces help define our everyday actions with the aid of porcelain’s strength, durability and easy cleaning.
Intended for the home kitchen, but also for professional kitchens in cafés and restaurants, SapienStone is the brand drawing on the know-how of the Iris Ceramica Group, which has led the way in recent years in exploration of the technical and aesthetic properties of the contemporary kitchen.
Made from ceramic clays and colours that remain unaltered over the years, the SapienStone countertop is unaffected by the variables present in the kitchen, such as heat, steam, light or wear from daily use of chemicals and disinfectants.
Resistance to scratches, stains and multiple sources of stress is maximised in SapienStone surfaces, making them a safe, enjoyable place to work in perfect serenity.
The Iris Ceramica Group’s porcelain surfaces respond to all the strict technical regulations applicable to the sector, but what attracts attention to them right away is their aesthetic properties.
The SapienStone kitchen countertop includes a range of colours and finishes embracing various contemporary and traditional styles.
The worktop is available in numerous pale colours as well as darker hues and even black, an increasingly trendy colour for the kitchen in recent years. Countless neutral hues are also available: shades of grey and beige which go with anything and will never look out of date.
The effects reproduced in high-tech ceramic surfaces include stone, wood and various types of marble, such as the new Alpi Chiaro Venato.
In response to the preference on the market for a combination of originality and elegance with a touch of a trendy colour such as green, Alpi Chiaro Venato is an unusual and highly versatile surface which goes perfectly with either light or dark furnishings, making it appropriate for spaces decorated in traditional or modern style, in both private homes and public spaces.
Radiant, extremely elegant Alpi Chiaro Venato features a deep green background crossed by patches of different colours, alternating lighter and darker hues.
The marble inspiring it is reproduced down to the tiniest detail: the white veins add an original touch of natural motion over the entire surface, suggesting an optimal solution adding a touch of character and prestige to any architectural project.
Like the other SapienStone textures, this product can also be applied to walls or floors, or combined with other colours in the range to create a cosy, perfectly integrated custom-designed space. The kitchen countertop is made to measure in response to requirements: its measurements make it perfect for a multitude of customised solutions, including peninsulas and islands.