This Alternative To Engineered Stone Just Got A Luxury Upgrade

Last year, the Australian Government announced a ban on engineered stone that will come into force from July 1 to protect stone workers from silicosis.

It leaves a gap in the market for durable, affordable benchtop alternatives. But perhaps the answer isn’t in a brand-new product, but one that’s been around since the 1950s: Laminex laminate.

Laminex has set out to change people’s perception of laminates with a new campaign that highlights the versatility of this tried and tested material in three modern kitchens — see them below!

Christina Karras
Supported by Laminex

Laminex’s campaign ‘In A New Light’ is set to challenge the public’s perception on the limits of laminate.

Laminex Lux Elba TrueScale (Digital Edging ABS Edging) benchtop and Peruvian Clay joinery.

Timber handles frames add warmth and texture to the space.

Laminex Oyster Grey (InvisiEdge ABS Edging) benchtop and Aged Ash joinery.

The monochromatic bench has a sleek waterfall end design.

The benchtop seamlessly continues up onto the splashback and the range hood.

This design features Laminex Spinifex AbsoluteMatte benchtop, splashback and joinery with timber edge, and Laminex Aries in AbsoluteMatte joinery.

The muted green has been paired with a playful soft pink.

A matching timber dowel has been used for styling and storage.

Christina Karras
13th of March 2024

If you thought laminate surfaces were reserved for retro homes, think again.

Laminex’s laminate products have been a part of Australian homes since the 1950s, but their products have come a long way from the image of the nostalgic benchtops you might recall from decades ago.

And with the July 1 ban on engineered stone looming over Australian homeowners, builders and designers, Laminex product design manager Neil Sookee says the industry is already beginning to embrace the tried-and-tested material once again.

One of the brand’s newest innovations, Laminex TrueScale, is a market first that allows for patterns of natural stone to be reproduced onto laminate with no repeats in the print, creating a more realistic look. It’s an affordable, non-toxic alternative to engineered stone that Neil says is perfect for those after a sleek stone-look bench.

‘With Laminex InvisiEdge ABS, you can also create an almost invisible join line that many people associate with Laminate square edge benchtops.’

The TrueScale range is available in four timeless designs, featuring a bold Calacatta Majore, the sophisticated Premio Carrara, Luxe Elba in grey and cream tones, and Marmo Grigio a mid-grey stone with varied textures.

In a new campaign, Laminex has designed and photographed three contemporary kitchens that celebrate the versatility of their laminates, using a matt, finger-resistant surface to create fun colour-blocking joinery and a matching benchtop layered with natural timbers.

Another proves how you can play with texture and tone in new ways, featuring detailing that wraps around the waterfall benchtop and splashback for a monochromatic look. The last shows the striking impact of Laminex TrueScale on a island bench as a cost-effective centrepiece of your kitchen.

The added benefit of laminate is that it’s famously durable, resisting everything from scratches to stains, and it’s easy to clean.

So while it has a long legacy, Laminex is now a modern benchtop solution that can withstand the needs of modern living — without sacrificing on design.

Explore Laminex’s range of Sillica Free Benchtops here.

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