Rencraft’s John Stephens updates us on his recent trip to Italy to visit Marmomac, the Stone & Design Fair. 

“While I love being based in our workshop and showrooms at Sevenoaks, from time to time it’s nice to step back from the daily running of Rencraft and take a look at the bigger picture of our industry.

So when our fabricators invited myself and my colleague John Schofield, Managing Director of our Tunbridge Wells showroom, to join them at a trade fair in Italy we were delighted to go along.

Described as the essential fair for operators in the stone industry, Marmomac in Verona, Italy is the ultimate venue for anyone interested in enhancing their knowledge of natural stone.

With granite worktops proving as popular as ever with our clients, a visit to this International Trade Fair seemed like an excellent way for us to keep ourselves at the ‘cutting edge’ of developments.

Walking around, I found myself absolutely blown away by the beauty of granite. One of the areas that really impressed me was an exhibition which displayed granite as art. Huge blocks of granite were arranged as sculpture, while colourful slabs were shown as wall art. The naturally occurring swirls of pattern and colour were simply amazing. No wonder this is still such a sought after product for people wanting to add a unique and visually appealing worktop to their kitchen.

We were also treated to a glimpse into the excavation side of the industry as well. I was fascinated by the machinery used to carve the blocks of stone from the mountain side. The sight of an older piece of machinery compared to a new one gave just an indication of how times have changed and I was left with a huge level of respect for anyone involved with the industry and also a sense of just how quickly the technology is moving on.

The various displays reminded us all of the numerous benefits of selecting granite for your kitchen worktop. It’s tough, hard wearing, and absolutely stunning too. This trip to Italy has certainly renewed my appreciation for the wonder that is natural stone.”