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TPB Top Porzelanik Barcelona - A New Kitchen Countertop

It's my real pleasure to announce a brand new product for American kitchens! I've searched and searched and I cannot see where this product has been talked about in the US anywhere online up to now. 

It's a kitchen countertop that creates an entirely new category of countertop materials, starting now! It's beautiful, it's extremely durable and it will coordinate perfectly with any kitchen decor. I saw it at the kitchen show, SICI in Spain, and it's called TPB | Top Porzelanik Barcelona. It is a newly introduced product for this company. I attended the SICI show in Madrid as a speaker on American kitchen design, along with my colleague Roberta Kravette, courtesy of the top kitchen design software program, autokitchen which is based in Spain, but has software users around the globe.

NOTE: I have no ties of any kind to this company. I discovered it at the SICI show, love it and wish to share my find.

The TPB top is, essentially, a ceramic tile countertop, in slab form.  The top is light weight and possible to have 100 different finishes and textures. There are six different "bases" available, each of which will give a different look to this thinner-than-normal countertop. It's easy cleaning and highly durable. It is a natural product and completely recyclable. Take a look at the spec sheet. And here is a list of features and benefits of the countertop material. 

I have two samples that I was able to take back with me, and while some of my images below are very close up and the surface looks to have a textured relief, it is completely smooth with just a tiny textural feel. I encourage you to take a good look at the website to see all of the information about this very interesting and exciting countertop material!

Following are images that I took at the SICI show in Madrid a few weeks back. I predict that this material will receive a very enthusiastic greeting in the U.S. It is stunning.

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Reader Comments (15)

I love the concept. A similar product in porcelain called Kerlite is being marketed right now only to cabinet companies. I spotted it at an Italian showroom in Los Angeles recently, where the Italian cabinetmaker will ship it custom-sized to the cabinet order, and loved it for the same reasons you're loving the ceramic offering. It's easy, attractive and durable.... All Sensible Style values!

Hopefully, both products will come to the US market in a manner and pricepoint that fabricators and homeowners can embrace.

November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie Goldberg, AKBD, CAPS

Susan, I am very interested in this product and would like to know more about it. The one question I have is that it is porcelain. I have a porcelain countop in my bathroom (I assume that's what it is) that is chipped. It's just a cheap countertop in a tract home, installed by the builder. This product is obviously much harder, so my question is what was done to make it so. But it does look like a very slick product.

November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

Jamie, that's interesting information. I don't think I have heard of Kerlite. I love the tweedy look of this material (not all of the colors/textures) and their specs are impressive. Yes, let's hope it's a reasonable price point. It's really exciting to see a new material.

Joseph, I don't know about the methods of manufacturing. I think there is a lot of good information on the site. I don't expect this will chip. It also looks to be a really precision fabricated material. I'm going to try to find out more information.

November 11, 2010 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

Sounds impressive when you check out their website, and your recommendation doesn't hurt their cause. I'd be interested to see some of their other colors/textures. I look forward to hearing more about the product as you learn it.

I'm curious about installation as well. Proportionally is seems strange to mount directly on a cab base, but if you do a substrate to build up, you would need to have an edging piece of sorts. How else could you mount it, so it wouldn't get mistaken for (gasp) cultured marble (eeeee!)? It seems like the solutions in your photos would be pricey to add to the cost of the material and fabrication.

Thanks for posting about fabulous new products, keep 'em coming!

November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamian

Oh yeah, check out the very last line of the Tech sheet page. I see someone was getting goofy with spreadsheets!

November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamian

Next kitchen, Susan, I want that!

November 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercynthia at the daily basics

Thin countertops are rather popular in modern European kitchens. Never heard of this product before but it sure looks great. Thanks for sharing.

November 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

Cynthia....thin and sleek, just like us! lol!

Connie, yes, I have seen the thin countertops in Denmark. I love them! I'll be at the kitchen show in Cologne in Germany in January, and I think they are displaying there as well.

November 12, 2010 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

These worktops are fantastic, thanks for the info.

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGlasgow Kitchens

Great kitchen ideas. I will use these worktops for my Fitted Kitchens in Glasgow next time.

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGlasgow Kitchens

Thank you for sharing this news Susan...this countertop looks very sleek and chic - I would be interested to see the colors it comes in. It looks to be very versatile and adaptable to different designs. Thank you for sharing!

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Really nice kitchen ideas, thanks for sharing.


November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

I love that countertop!! Remodeling my kitchen and bathroom soon and will look into these countertops. Thanks

December 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRich

Good work! Your post is an excellent.Really nice ideas
The best money we spent on our kitchen was for the kitchen designer!!! Our kitchen was a
modest project, but oh, the results were amazing! The kitchen designer's input with regards
to efficiency, style, color were priceless.

Great Blog! I love this material. I can't wait to see it come to the US. I hope people will soon discover that there are many other wonderful countertop materials, not just granite and marble.
Thanks for showing us the new trends.
Spring, TX

February 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjlshirey

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