Manufacturers continue to develop new materials with impressive properties and appearances that can be used both in interiors and exteriors. When it comes to using these new materials in furniture, it’s clear to see that some are simply better than others.
Taking a deeper look at Dekton and Laminam–two newly-created synthetic porcelain materials–we see many reasons why these two materials have grown in popularity in recent years.
Continue reading below as we dive deeper into what these new materials are, the benefits they carry, and how they are used in tabletops today.
What is Dekton?
Dekton is a type of ultra-compact surface material that was initially created in 2013 by the Spanish company Cosentino. Since then, it has become a popular choice for both interior and exterior surfaces like countertops and furniture.
It is made through a process called sintering, where you combine raw materials and then press them together under high pressure and temperatures. For Dekton, the raw materials are typically glass, porcelain, and quartz.
What is Laminam?
Similarly, Laminam is an Italian brand of lightweight and durable porcelain slabs that can be used for a variety of interior or exterior surfaces.
Laminam slabs are made from a blend of natural materials like clay, feldspar, silica, and mineral colorings. These components are mixed together and then compacted under high pressure and temperatures.
What are the Benefits of Dekton & Laminam?
As you can see, both Dekton and Laminam are manufactured in fairly similar ways, making them both known for their versatility and heat, scratch, and stain-resistant properties.
So while these materials both look and appear like stone, they actually carry the material properties of porcelain. This means that Dekton and Laminam are both essentially maintenance-free and can be used for a number of purposes–both indoor and outdoor.
These materials can come in a variety of colors and finishes, including matte, gloss, and textured, meaning it’s easy to find a style that suits your needs and preferences.
Overall, the two are known for being highly durable and versatile materials that offer a range of benefits over other options.
Using Dekton & Laminam in Tabletops
Because of the above advantages, many people are turning away from traditional laminate or natural marble in their interiors and towards tabletops made of Dekton or Laminam.
Aside from the versatility and durability of these materials, they’re also non-porous and resistant to bacteria and other pathogens, making them a great choice for dining tables and food preparation surfaces.
Consider the Eero Saarinen tulip table, for instance. This table now has dozens of different material options available for the tabletop, including cutting-edge materials like Dekton and Laminam. These are both pretty big steps forward in materials compared to what Saarinen had available in the 1950s.
So whether you want a tabletop in a glossy white finish, matte black, or a marble-esque look with gray and silver veins, you can easily find the Saarinen tulip table made from Dekton or Laminam accordingly.
In sum, both Dekton and Laminam impress with their stain-resistant, scratch-resistant, and heat-resistant properties, on top of their stunning aesthetic akin to marble and other stone materials. For these reasons, their use in interior and exterior surfaces–especially tabletops–will continue to grow in popularity.