At first glance, Lapitec appears as a refined material with fascinating tactile qualities. These qualities are certainly important but it is worth to know more about the true potential of Lapitec to really understand the enthusiasm it generates in the eyes of architects and designers.
First, it is important to recall the 100% mineral composition of Lapitec. Compared with a quartz (which always contain a percentage of synthetic resins) we note that the technical limitations of quartz are in good part due to the presence of the synthetic resin it contains. There are a wide variety of quartz on the market and their quality varies widely – largely due to the highly variable quality of the resins used in their manufacturing.
The “100% mineral” composition of Lapitec is therefore ensuring it can be processed and worked in the same way as the densest natural stones. This opens the door to the use of Lapitec as an exterior surface because it is resistant to temperature changes as well as the damaging effects of UV rays.
Second, the sizes of Lapitec. Available in large slabs with a maximum usable surface of 1m50 X 3m36 and in thicknesses of 12mm, 20mm and 30mm, it allows Lapitec to be used in applications as diverse as flooring, stairs and interior or exterior cladding, landscaping, pool decks, furniture, fireplace mantels etc. All this while providing a durable surface with as few joints as possible. It goes without saying that for large format kitchen countertops, Lapitec presents itself as the ideal material when a designer seeks to create a minimalist decor that feels pure and refined.
Third, the high quality of finishes available: an impeccable gloss finish (Lux), a satin finish of unmatched smoothness (Satin), a finely textured, non-slip surface (Vesuvio) and a rough finish similar to the flamed finish of natural stones (Fossil). Each of these finishes offers distinct aesthetic and technical qualities that literally multiply the versatility of the product.
One cannot help but conclude that versatility is one of the essential qualities that make Lapitec a material with a very promising future. The only real limit of Lapitec now depends on the creativity and ingenuity of designers, architects and creators of all kinds.