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Creating the Perfect Kitchen Benchtop: Fat Shack Vintage + CDK Stone

October 21, 2019

Radiator tube light over kitchen island

Fat Shack Vintage is proud to announce a collaboration with CDK Stone, who for the last 35 years has been Australia's leading supplier of natural stone, neolith, stone care and stone working machinery. We've decided to team up to create an essential how-to guide that will show you how to enhance your kitchen benchtop to create a one-of-a-kind space through the combination of stone and lighting. Keep reading to find out some of our favourite stoneware and lighting picks for 2019!

Featured Stones

Super White + Radiator LED Tubelight

We can't get enough of the Super White Dolomite stone, which CDK Stone describes as 'a truly natural masterpiece... [that] harmonises with both light and dark elements effortlessly' through the 'grey tones of the staggered veining'. It's quickly becoming the most sought-after natural stone – and we understand why!

With its bold yet contemporary design, Super White stone would be complemented by an industrial linear light, such as our Radiator LED Tubelight. Constructed from steel, this contemporary linear light features a sleek glass tube shade that exemplifies both form and function through its industrial vintage aesthetic and its task light functionality. It is well-suited for bold spaces like this kitchen, which features dolomite stone with rich veins acoss both the kitchen island and splashback, modernist yet brutalist concrete tiling, and contrasting kitchen fixtures and cabinetry. 

Calacatta + Glass Ball Swing Pendant Light

For those of us who search for the height of luxury, look no further than Calacatta Marble, which has been regarded as 'the pinnacle of elegance for centuries.'  Calacatta 'offers a time-honoured design that reverberates luxury to every space it touches.' With every slab hand-picked, this superior marble features contrasting grey veins on a bright white background, and remains timeless in its design. 

Exemplifying this same commitment to timeless elegance and design, our Glass Ball Swing Pendant Light fits the bill. Constructed from hand blown glass, this multi pendant light features opal or clear glass, and is available in three sizes, allowing you to customise this lighting piece to your space. This pendant light is ideal for kitchens where uncompromising design and quality are paramount.

St Elle Quartzite + Dome Industrial Chandelier

We couldn't agree more that St Elle Quartzite is 'a daring, moody masterpiece.' Blending swirls of black, dark grey and white on a deep green backdrop, this natural stone features a unique speckle that showcases natural light. Ideal for both modernist and vintage kitchens islands, St Elle Quartzite has a leathered finish that creates a one-of-a-kind look.

We recommend pairing St Elle Quartzite with our Dome Industrial Chandelier. Constructed from a solid brass frame and three steel black shades, this chandelier is the obvious choice. Its large size and strong design is ideal for creating a bold and commanding statement in your kitchen. 

Rosa Calmante Quartzite + Disc Junction Pendant Light

CDK Stone's Rosa Calmante Quartzite effortlessly 'transforms any design into an envious, chic masterpiece.' And, 'with a soft pink base, this Quartzite features stark, white highlights with sunburnt undertones' that transitions seamlessly into a chic and contemporary home. A popular look among younger generations, Rosa Calmante Quartzite features a natural sparkle and polished finish that enhances its pink tones. 

As we often see pink quartzite paired with bare bulb modernist lighting in commercial spaces, we firmly believe in introducing this look into our homes. So, we recommend our Disc Junction Pendant Light, which is constructed from a solid brass frame that is available in seven finishes, and features steel disc shades in two sizes and copper, brass and steel finishes. This pendant light showcases exposed vintage bulbs marvellously, and is a surefire hit for creating a contemporary chic look into your home. 

Cote D’Azur + Factory Chandelier

An homage to traditional Italian marble, Cote D'Azur Marble makes a powerful statement to contrast with its sharply defined grey veins against a bright white backdrop. Showcased on the hit TV show The Block, Cote D'Azur is perfect for kitchens where you want the kitchen island and/or splashback to be the commanding focal point of the room.

To create a similarly bold statement, we recommend our Factory Chandelier. Reminiscent of classic vintage style, this pendant light has been crafted from a solid brass frame and is available in black steel or pure copper shade options. It comes with or without cage guards, and in two frame finishes. This chandelier makes a grand yet not overwhelming statement, and is ideal when set above a kitchen island.

What do you think about stone, lighting and kitchen benchtops? Do you have any design or placement questions? Let us know your thoughts, opinions and questions in the comment section below!

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