Formica’s New 180fx Granite Patterns

Banners decorate the Formica booth during the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show earlier this month. © Rita Catinella Orrell

At a event during KBIS, part of the first inaugural Design & Construction Week held earlier this month in Las Vegas, Formica introduced four new exotic granite patterns to its popular 180fx Collection of high pressure laminate designs. Using advanced printing technology, Formica authentically replicates genuine granite slabs sourced from quarries around the world. “180fx is the best selling collection in our 100 year history,” said Laura Phillips with Formica’s P.R. department at the event.

The 2014 180fx introduction starts with the River Gold pattern in the Etchings finish, a creamy-white granite with linear veins of gold and gray highlighted by chocolate-brown crystals. Lapidus Brown in a Radiance finish is a granite pattern that features vibrant gold tones and rich iron veining highlighted by creamy white crystals and gray and black pebbles. Its rich color palette can coordinate with a variety of cabinetry, from light golden maples to cherry to antique black. Magma Black in the Radiance Finish is a dramatic stone that reflected a larger trend towards darker finishes during the show. It features rivers of gold, gray, and rust that are highlighted by pure white crystals. Finally, the dramatic Red Dragon pattern in the Radiance Finish is an exotic rich red with dramatic veining and gray crystals.

All 180fx patterns are available with IdealEdge decorative laminate edge profiles that are suitable for curved, clipped, or 90-degree corner installations. The are certified under the Forest Stewardship Council and GREENGUARD certification programs.

Patterns start at $21 per square foot installed (price varies based on geographic location and edge treatment option) and are available through national home centers, such as Lowe’s Home Improvement and The Home Depot, as well as independent kitchen and bath retailers.

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Formica’s Magma Black pattern. Image courtesy Formica.
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Lapidus Brown from Formica. Image courtesy Formica.
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Red Dragon pattern. Image courtesy Formica.
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The new River Gold pattern in Formica’s 180fx collection. Image courtesy Formica.
A vase of IdealEdge decorative laminate edge profiles at the Formica booth during KBIS last month. © Rita Catinella Orrell
Display in Formica’s KBIS booth in February. © Rita Catinella Orrell


Disclaimer: Formica was one of several sponsors of my trip to Design & Construction Week as part of BlogTour Vegas. The opinions in the post are entirely my own.


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