Sintered stone manufacturer Neolith takes est through their revolutionary approach to architectural surfaces.
Neolith was founded almost 14 years ago with a mission to inspire functional and sustainable spaces through the most innovative architectural surfaces. The company’s primary focus is sintered stone, which is created using a production technique that turns 100 per cent natural raw materials into a highly durable surface with diverse applications.
The company continues to evolve year after year, developing new cutting-edge products that speak to their passion for sustainability and appetite for innovation. To learn more about their ethos, we caught up with Neolith’s Kate Deakin-Bell, who shares insights into the brand’s heritage, values and enduring craftsmanship.
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Neolith is the world’s leading brand when it comes to sintered stone. How was this unique architectural surface first discovered/constructed?
Kate Deakin-Bell: Neolith was founded in Spain by a family with an extensive background in natural stone, the Esteve family. Initially, the material was used in conjunction with natural stone, as the technology wasn’t up to the standard yet of producing solid colours. It was soon discovered that the performance of the natural stone increased significantly with the addition of Neolith. This resulted in further research and development to create a range of Neolith colours inspired by natural stone.
It was in 2009 that the Esteve family decided to sell their natural stone business to focus on Neolith as a stand-alone product.
Can you talk about Neolith’s goals as a company?
Kate Deakin-Bell: At Neolith, we have three goals. Firstly, we want to create bright and bold spaces that can be enjoyed to their fullest. Secondly, and quite simply, we want to make sustainable environments a reality. Finally, building on from that, we want to work responsibly to shape a future we can all look forward to. All three goals culminate in a desire to make the world a better place.
“At Neolith we believe there is no innovation without sustainability.”
How are Neolith products designed to be environmentally friendly?
Kate Deakin-Bell: At Neolith, we believe there is no innovation without sustainability. Every Neolith slab is made using 100 per cent natural raw materials, with up to 90 per cent of those materials recycled. The product is also completely recyclable, helping contribute to a circular economy.
Neolith slabs are made using electricity from 100 per cent renewable sources, and 100 per cent of the water used in our production facility is recycled. At the end of the production process, we recycle 96 per cent of our industrial waste.
Can you tell us more about the materials and innovative technical process behind crafting sintered stone?
Kate Deakin-Bell: Neolith starts with producing the raw materials that make up the slabs, which involves grinding natural minerals from mines down into a fine powder. The powder then undergoes several steps before it is sintered, including applying pressure, straightening out the edges and eliminating any moisture. Finally, sintering is the stage where the slabs are heated up to 1,200 degrees celsius to produce a highly compact slab. The final product is exceptionally durable and resistant to scratches and high temperatures.
Neolith’s sintered stone surfaces can be applied to several different surfaces. Can you talk us through some of these versatile applications within the home?
Kate Deakin-Bell: The applications of Neolith are extensive, making it an extremely versatile surface. It can be used internally and externally in various spaces, including the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and outdoor entertaining areas. Applications include benchtops, splash-backs, floors, wall cladding, and even the inside of the pool.
Can you tell us which products have been the most popular globally and within the local Australian market?
Kate Deakin-Bell: Neolith’s number one colour globally is Basalt Black by virtue of its subtle tonal variations and unique industrial feel. Here in Australia, Basalt Black is also one of the top sellers alongside our Himalaya Crystal, Calacatta Luxe and Blanco Cararra.
Neolith is well regarded for its extensive product development and ongoing evolution. So what’s next for the brand?
Kate Deakin-Bell: The future for Neolith is very promising. Our full-bodied Iconic Design collection will soon be launched and available to customers. Comprising products with full-body decoration and zero per cent silica, the collection will be an industry first – a testament to the brand’s desire to constantly evolve and innovate.