Finding Beauty in the Past
ProGranite Surfaces had outgrown its existing fabrication facility and tiny 400-sq.-ft. showroom and moved on to a 5,000-sq.-ft. former cable company warehouse. The father-and-son team turned to Everett, Wa.-based designer Gary Hartz to turn the dilapidated building into a warm and inviting space.
The entrance immediately sets the tone with a large photomural of the marble quarry in Carrara, Italy – one of the showroom’s sources – and a curved, stone-top reception desk. Reclaimed beams hang above, and a wall made of old wood fencing stands to one side.
The new showroom has enough space to make an area for each manufacturer, eliminating the need for overwhelming sample racks.
One of the first areas in the showroom is a bathroom and shower display showcasing minimal cabinetry and fixtures against a large marble backdrop.
The products stand out against the predominately black backdrop and are illuminated by the subtle track lighting above.
The showroom includes a complete working French country kitchen, along with a wine display wall made of reclaimed timbers and salvaged iron.
The previous tenant left behind large metal spools for the cable. After cutting them in half and welding them to the ceiling, the team created a support system for the track lighting throughout the showroom.