Stone Furniture Handcrafted in Italy since 1975
Introducing Stone International, a family owned and operated business founded in 1975.
Owning two factories located just outside of Florence, in the heart of Italian fashion near the headquarters of Gucci, Prada, Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli, etc. One manufactures all stone goods, while the other is an upholstery factory for all the other components like glass and wood, etc.)
Stone international master furniture like no other, creating pieces with precision, attention to detail and imagination at the forefront, working with natural materials to create the perfect statement unique to your home.
Each stone is one-of-a-kind, meaning the furniture piece you choose is the only one, alongside providing functionality, the design allows you to bring the nature to a space with a meaningful story.
The natural stones are quarried underground in the wild mountains of Italy, exuding the highest form of luxury, elegance, and sophistication to your home that no designer can ever replicate the beauty of mother nature.
Transform your interior design with a beautiful collection of authentic natural stone, where shopping is a personal experience and completely customisable to suit any space.
To best appreciate what type of stone works for you and your space you need to feel the stone between your fingers. To see how it shimmers in the light and decide what compliments your home the best.
HANDCRAFTED IN ITALY
DESIGNED BY NATURE
Every stone is unique just for you.
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Where natural stones come from?
Occasional and Accent tables
Dining Chairs & Benches
No two stones are alike, similarly no two cuts are ever alike presenting different variations and colourings created through nature meaning the piece you choose should be admired as one-of-a-kind beauty. Travertines and Marbles, unlike wood, are dead materials which do not alter their structure over time. Once assembled, if used with the proper care, they will last forever. Like glass, you should not sit or stand on a marble table. When properly assembled the dining table should always have the top attached to the base.
For larger pores, tabletops are filled to make them smooth, while every effort is made to match the fill with the colouration of the tabletop, the fill will never be invisible and occasionally small openings are missed and remain open. This is not considered a defect. Natural veins can occur in the stone, and this must not be mistaken for a crack or defect. Generally, a vein will be visible only on the surface while a crack will appear on the surface and underneath the table top as well as traveling from side to side.
Due to its porous nature, each piece should be cared for like fine wood using coasters, placemats, and trivets to minimise food stains and drinks rings, if these occur, buff out the marks by repolishing your table with a coat of natural paste, to some extent this will restore the initial shine. For day-to-day cleaning we recommend regular denatured alcohol.
Fault lines are natural to stone as the rings on a tree trunk. All tables are polished with a natural paste wax that provides a shine and a certain amount of moisture repellence but does not offer full protection. Occasionally the polish being natural, the shine can appear uneven, caused by either a varied absorption of wax by the stone or by a varied effect due to the refraction of the light against minerals which have been deposited in different directions in the stone.
None of these natural veins, pores, and variations across all stones can be considered defects.
Onyx is a banded variety of chalcedony, a silicate mineral, creating a layered effects in a parrallel band formation. The colours of its bands range from white to almost every colour.
Commonly, onyx contain bands of colours of white, tan, and brown. While extraordinarily beautiful, this material can vary considerably from slab to slab.
Natural fault lines and small cracks are quite common to this material. Polishing this extremely dense stone renders a stunning glass-like finish.
Enjoy the variations of each piece of onyx, as each is as unique as the person buying it
Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs, often having a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan, and cream colored varieties.
It is formed by a process of rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, often at the mouth of a hot spring or in a limestone cave creating naturally occurring pitted holes and troughs in the surface that characterise the stone.
Marble forms when a limestone rock is heated and there is a build-up of pressure causing the minerals to grow larger and fuse together.
The melting together with other mineral elements and metal gives the definite background coloration to coloured marbles: Black by coal, red by iron, green by copper.
The characteristic swirls and veins of many coloured marble varieties are usually due to various mineral impurities such as clay, silt, sand, iron oxides, or chert which were originally present as grains or layers in the limestone.
Veining can often provide a certain inconsistency in the surface texture of your tabletop and might even require some fill to be used. These variations and natural markings are to be expected.
Granite is geologically the same composition as marble, except that it was formed nearer to the surface during the volcanic eruption and therefore had a greater component of air/oxygen.
The air and steam bubbles contained in the melted mass crystallized, creating the quartz that characterizes granite not marble. The quartz gives granite a hardness approaching that of glass. In fact, granite must be cut with the same diamond heads used to cut glass.
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Here at Housing Units, we have everything you need to help create your perfect space. Stone interntatinal offer a wide range of swatches to choose from and our expert team are on hand to give you advice and information, you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for.
Located just one minute from the M60, Junction 22, why not visit our Manchester Showroom today?