2Stone’s Home Show Booth in the Calgary Herald
In case you didn’t make it to the Home Show, or if you did and we got to meet you, we thought you should know that 2Stone was declared by the Calgary Herald to be “1 of 3 must see” at this years show, you can read the article here. To go along with that statement 2Stone won this years”Best Use of Medium Space” awarded by the Calgary Home Show staff. A big congrats to Lise for her savy design eye and Justin for his gorgeous designs!
2Stone in Huffington Post
Terri Higgins of the Huff Post had some question for Justin last week, check out her article “Breaking Design Ground: Cement Isn’t Just for Sidewalks Anymore” to read more.
2Stone in Toronto’s Star Newspaper
In case you missed it, which is highly likely unless you live in Toronto…2Stone made an appearance in Colin and Justin’s column inside the Toronto Star last weekend. The article focused on different approaches and materials for backsplashes (or “splashback” in Britain according to Colin and Justin). Our now famous once piece backsplash from the “White Kitchen” is pictured in the article.
Its a great article and definitely demands a read, you can check out the full article here.
Colin and Justin are of course the hilarious duo of Scottish interior decorators and television presenters. To get more of them you can check out their website here. 2Stone sends their warmest thanks to them for highlighting our product as well as being a champion for concrete in the home.
2Stone is a finalist in Avenue Magazine’s Annual Design Competition
2Stone has wound in in the finalists a second time for Avenue Magazine’s annual Design Competition. For those of you who don’t remember, 2 years ago 2Stone was a finalist with our gorgeous white coffee table/fireplace piece the “CubbyHole”. This year our “Canopy Chandelier” has made it to the finals along with 4 other stellar designs. Avenue Magazine will be awarding the winner a prize of a spring trip to the 25th Montreal International Design Show, the winner will be chosen by a panel of judges as well as having voting open to the public. The pieces are currently on display at BoConcept until the 21st.
Please head on down to check out some amazing local designer and while your there why not throw a vote in for 2Stone so that Justin will finally leave the shop for more than 10 hours to sleep. Also pick up a copy of Avenue Magazine to see this years finalist. But if you cant make it down to BoConcept or find a copy of Avenue, 2Stone will be at the Home and Garden show Feb 28-March 3 at the Round up Centre where we will also be displaying out chandelier.
2Stone in “Best Home” Magazine
2Stone has again been tipped off by a client that our work is featured in a magazine! The Fall 2012 edition of “Best Home”
Western Canada spotlights a really neat project we did this year in an old reclaimed barn turned gorgeous home. The article begins on page 56 and talks about the process of turning a 1920′s concrete barn into a modern dwelling. The fireplace surround picture in the article was cast in our Calgary studio. It is done using our new “Board Form” technique, meant to mimic the look of traditional cast in place concrete walls. Judging by the article it looks like we even fooled them and I quote “A poured concrete surround captures……”
2Stone in the Calgary Herald
2Stone is Inside….Sort of…
2Stone’s work was shown in the Calgary Herald’s ”Inside- The Art of Indoor Living” Magazine last week. The magazine was delivered along with the Calgary Herald to homes everywhere.
2Stone was lucky enough to have a good friend and fan notice our trademark signature and tip us off. On Page 40 of the 2012 Spring Edition you will find a photo of our sink as well as a close up of our signature.
Although we were not directly named in the article, and I quote “A main-floor bathroom has the personal stamp of the Porters and the Calgary concrete artists who created the sink…”, we here at 2stone still think its worth a post on our site and a pat on the back. A big thanks to Alison for letting us know, we are so pleased to hear that our 2Stone signature has become so recognizable out there!
2STONE in Swerve Magazine- Video and 2 Pg Spread
Febuary 18, 2011
2Stone was interviewed for Swerve Magazine’s new feature “Design Decoder”. The article focuses on our process, from idea to sketch to reality. Find a copy on newsstands around town and check out the video that accompanies it.
2STONE’S PODCAST DEBUT
August 16, 2010
2Stone’e first ever podcast is all thanks to the great Brandon Gore of Gore Design Co. (http://www.goredesignco.com/). Justin’s interview is the third instalment of the “Inside the Concrete Studio” Podcast Series”. Check it out to get some insider info on Justin as well as some tip and tricks from the 2Stone studio.
As described by Mr.Gore his Podcast series is “Irreverent, informative, and just plain fun, Gore Design Co.’s “Inside the Concrete Studio” Podcast Series is a glimpse into the insights of some of the worlds greatest concrete visionaries. We discuss everything from GFRC concrete countertops and sinks to old-school wet-cast concrete, sealers, economic conditions, new products, and old wives tales.”
Head to your iTunes to download the Podcast or click on Inside The Concrete Studio Podcast with Justin Brown of 2Stone Designer Concrete to listen to it online.
Avenue’s ‘Design Inside the Box’ Competition Winners: The Cubby Hole
A look at the winners of Avenue’s first-ever design competition
By Jesse Semko
Photography by Jared Sych
For Justin Brown, designing the CubbyHole was a brain-numbing experience. “It took a lot of wall-staring time to figure it out,” says Brown. “At some points, I had to take a timeout and go and just be alone so I could thoroughly think it through and get it done.”
As owner of 2Stone Designer Concrete, Brown is used to casting custom-made concrete countertops, vanities and fireplaces. But with the CubbyHole, a coffee table that also serves as a fireplace, he was presented with a new set of challenges.
A cubby hole that runs through the centre of the coffee table, which can be used to store books, magazines and other items, required Brown to rethink his casting methods. He had to call on his “junkyard ingenuity” and invent a smaller set of tools to get into some hard-to-reach spaces so he could spray the fibre-reinforced cement used to build the table.
“This really is one of those things that is almost impossible to make,” he says. “I have e-mails from people in the United States who want to see moulds, just to see how it’s built.”
The table also features a hidden flame tray, which is concealed by a lid that slides along the top of the table. Once exposed, the tray can be filled with ethanol and lit with a barbecue lighter to create a fireplace that easily packs away when it’s no longer needed. Yet, probably the coolest thing, says Brown, is the entire table is portable and can be used indoors and out as a mobile fireplace. “It’s so diverse,” he says. “You can really put it anywhere.”
The lightweight concrete vanities by 2Stone Designer Concrete make for a bold bathroom statement. Sinks (pictured) come in over a dozen hues and each piece is handmade and tailored to your home. http://2stone.ca/ ”
Published on www.bathroomgurureview.com in 2009
Concrete sinks and countertops in your bathroom? Who would have thought? And why not, few other countertop surface materials offer more customization in shape, color, size, design options and thickness, as I soon found out after talking to Justin Brown, the man behind 2Stone Designer Concrete at The Calgary Home + Interior Design Show. It is no wonder that a multitude of home owners and design professionals alike have come to the conclusion that concrete counter tops and sinks are an excellent way of creating a distinctive look and adding beauty to your restroom.
What makes concrete such a perfect material for creative décor in your washroom is the fact that it can be poured into moulds of pretty much any shape, form or size. So whether you are creating a sink, vanity or countertop you can use concrete to create a splash in your lavatory through your own distinguishing style. You should remember though that the final cost of your project is not in the price of the concrete but is linked more to the contractor’s creative ability and his or her time.
Cleaning a concrete countertop is comparable to any other type of surface material; just avoid abrasive soaps and cleaning products with ammonia in them. Using a mild soap or a neutral pH cleanser and warm water will do the job quite nicely.
Believe it or not, concrete countertops are more environmentally friendly than most other types of countertop materials whereas materials such as granite are non-renewable resources. Concrete on the other hand for the most part is made up of rock, sand and cement which can be found in great abundance. The only downside to concrete is the manufacturing process which can be energy intensive and depending upon the sealant that you use, it can potentially contain VOC’s but for the most part this can be avoided by requesting only environmentally friendly sealants such as a non-toxic water based finish.
While concrete design is still uncharted territory, 2Stone Designer Concrete manages to create beautiful functional art and will customize your bathroom decor, whether it is a countertop, vanity, water feature, custom tiles or even an outdoor BBQ or fireplace with intriguing creative style.
To learn more about what concrete masterpiece 2Stone can create for you contact:
2Stone Designer Concrete
Press play below to listen to a short interview with Justin Brown from 2Stone Designer Concrete Inc,