- Counter Culture Concrete
More chic than granite, tintable to nearly any color, concrete is the countertop du jour for many designers, especially in lofts where the look is deliberately rough-edged. All the same, Christian Lincoln’s countertops are slick as they come. Rather than pouring in place, a procedure that’s messy and difficult to control, Lincoln casts his slabs on vibrating tables in his Woodstock shop; the movement purges air pockets as the compound sets. After 28 days of curing, the resultant countertops ($85 per square foot, plus installation) are all but uncrackable, with a surprisingly seductive texture. Counter Culture does colors—grays, sands, brights—and finishes at all levels of practicality. Clients with stain aversions, kids, or wok habits are nudged toward a high-sheen “bulletproof” epoxy sealant. But stains are chic, too: His beauties acquire character, reaching their prime after ten years.
Best Concrete Countertops
From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).