Just not granite…

What happened to the good old granite counter top? For many years, granite was the number one choice for kitchen counter tops, but in the last 10 years, less and less of it is being used, to the point that you hardly see any granite tops, especially in European kitchen designs.

The main problem is that granite is simply ‘played out’… People are just tired of it, after using it in kitchens for so many years and it’s not just in the kitchen – you see it everywhere – on the side of city buildings, on the bank’s floor, and even in public bathrooms…

The good news is that there are many great alternatives! The fastest growing segment of the counter top business is quartz – brands like CaesarStone, Silestone (Cosentino), Zodiaq (Dupont) and many others, from around the world are gaining in popularity for years now – they feel like stone but are stronger and maintenance free.

Quartz counter top by CaesarStone
Quartz counter top by CaesarStone







These even fit well counter top scales like this.

Non-granite stones, like marble are being used more, especially with the introduction of new sealers that are making them a bit more practical.

Marble counter top - Minotti Cucine
Marble counter top – Minotti Cucine









Then there are glass counters, stainless steel, ceramic and unlike in the US, in Europe you still see some solid surface counters, such as Corian.

Glass Counter top - Pedini Cucine
Glass Counter top – Pedini Cucine
Corian counter top - Pedini Cucine
Corian counter top – Pedini Cucine


Amir J. Ilin, the president of Küche+Cucina, a design firm he started 24 years ago. Ilin’s work has been featured on HGTV, on Donald trump’s The Apprentice, in numerous national publications and on many national magazine covers. He is also the recipient of various design awards, among them “Best of Show Design Award”, from Signature Kitchens & Baths 8 times!Ilin was commissioned to design special projects in very exclusive homes, some located far away from his base in NJ. He was also chosen to create the cabinetry for the newly renovated Plaza Hotel, in NYC, as well as several luxury multi-unit projects around the country. To date, Ilin was involved in installations of more then 3,000 kitchens around the US and the islands, as well as many outside the US, many for well known clients.

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Mark Scott

    I would love to know how a glass counter top stands up to day to day use. It’s is obviously beautiful in a photograph, but is it something the average home owner would really want to consider?

    1. kitchenguy

      Mark – these are tempered and do hold up very well. obviously, they can be scratched, but so are other counter surfaces. Not sure who the “average home owner” is but if they’re looking for something different, and like the glass counters, this could be it. Otherwise, the quartz surfaces are still the most durable.

  2. Nice post… there really are more options these days when it comes to kitchen design. Thanks for sharing!

  3. ????????

    Amazing design! Thanks for the photos!

  4. Myhome Kitchen Kerala

    loved the post. Great designs

  5. José Moreira

    Hi! It´s the first time that I see this blog and I just can`t stop. So fantastic and creative the way that you can transform a room into a magic place. Really amazing design. You have really nice projects! Last week I visited a website of a product design brand with projects that may work very well with these. Take a look http://www.brabbu.com/
    Thanks, keep up the good work.

  6. Anton

    Hi Kitchen Guy!

    I find your posts very interesting. For a non-design person, you’re entries are very helpful.

    My family is renovating our kitchen and our architect is recommending Corian for the countertop. I am not a design person so I want to ask, how important is it to choose which countertop to use? And are there any alternatives for Corian or solid surface counter, as you said? Any brand you would recommend?


    1. kitchenguy

      Anton – Corian has gone down in popularity in recent years. It seems that everyone who had it doesn’t want it again… They complained about scratching and staining, even cracking…True, it is 100% repairable, but who wants to do it…? The fastest growing counter material in recent years is Quarts. It is maintenance free…

      1. Anton

        Kitchenguy, Thank you very much! You mentioned in your article that Caesarstone, Silestone and Zodiaq are brands that we may look into for quartz counter, luckily we found out that there are suppliers of the said brands in our country. Any other brands you recommend we can check?



        1. kitchenguy

          Anton – not sure where you are located, but just Google ‘Quartz counter top surfaces’ and see what’s available in your area.

          1. Anton

            Kitchenguy, I am in Malaysia. Thanks for the advice.

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