With quartz agglomerate it is possible to make kitchen worktops in the desired shape and form, and much more as well.

We asked an architect, Giorgio Canale, to illustrate the potential and the various uses of quartz agglomerate in the kitchen.

• Why is quartz agglomerate so suited for the kitchen?
Quartz agglomerate, which is already well-known for being stain and scratch resistant, ranks as one of the best materials for kitchen worktops, also because of the versatility of the available colors and finishes. In recent years, for example, in addition to the traditional polished finish, Santamargherita has introduced matte finishes and slightly rough surfaces for very individual settings.

• What are the most suitable parts to be made in quartz agglomerate?
I don’t think there are specific elements for which quartz is ideal. Agglomerate is particularly versatile and is suited for kitchen countertops as well as worktops and surfaces. For a designer it is particularly interesting to be able to match the finish of the furniture to the floor, thereby creating a continuous dialogue in the room between furniture and structural finishes.

• What other materials best suit quartz agglomerate in the kitchen?
In architecture and interior design, every single material used is the result of a critical choice for the project’s very identity. In addition to the requirements for strength and service life, I believe that one must consider the mood to be conveyed by the room to the users of the building and space. Each material conveys feelings to the simple observer, as well as to those who touch and use it every day. According to the type of quartz used, various types of materials can be combined with it, the most common being wood, metal and glass. Additionally, leather, plastic or synthetic materials may be used as well. The important thing is to never lose sight of the overall effect and the consistency or, on the contrary, the contrasts that the designer is aiming to achieve.

• What if, in the meantime, one needs to add a new item with a quartz agglomerate surface. Will the difference show?
Personal experience has taught me that quartz agglomerate allows for touch ups, even after a long time, without showing any difference between old and new. This, in fact, is one of the main characteristics of mass-produced industrial materials.

• Is quartz fragile? Does it need special care?
Quartz is well-known for being resistant to staining and scratching, cold and heat. Therefore it is suitable even for young families or anyone who, by choice, does not have much of a penchant for painstaking care. This material is easy to keep clean, it offers high strength with low maintenance requirements. What is more, for more discerning customers, periodic treatment and maintenance systems have also been developed in recent years, intended to further extend the service life of quartz.

Valentina Pepe