From the first time I saw the Australian sandstone wall in the main ground floor lobby of the ABS CBN Center, I was in love with it! It was specified by Gensler, an American architect in the 1990s, and the material has been adding warmth and visual interest for almost 30 years. Unfortunately, the stone never gained popularity which was a great pity, since the material is so fine and had the perfect color tone for the market. The only problem was price. It costs 3 times the price of other sandstones. Although beautiful, buyers could not justify the price difference, even if it was better and more desirable.
We knew there was a market for the material if we could address the price points’ issues. All we had to do was look for a cheaper alternative.
I contacted the original supplier and purchased a batch of samples. They truly were beautiful, but unfortunately, the market spoke. The price ceiling it was willing to pay was about half the going rate of the Australian variety.
The solution was to search for a doppelganger which is how we discovered Thames Sandstone.
Kaufman Thames Sandstone has the same color tone and texture as the original. Unlike other sandstones which is porous and smooth to touch, like the original, this alternative had the same pebble-like feel. By comparison, the ordinary sandstone feels like sandpaper.
Due to our efforts, the material found its way into club houses for Ayala Land as well as other prestigious homes by well-known architects.
From our company’s inception, our goal was to find and give our customers stone materials that looked expensive and elegant, at prices within reach.