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Several years ago we were asked to create a piece with an unusual edge, so we invested in a special machine that could achieve the look required.

We undertook several projects but only recently has the edge, called rockface, resurfaced.

Rockface edging has a unique look, unfinished and rough. It works to the strengths of the stone, showing patterns and veins usually hidden under the surface. This is a feature edging, chosen for its aesthetic appearance.

Rockface has been created by Diespeker previously for an unusual dining table, and a console table in a hotel entrance.

While ideal for terrazzo, this attractive design style can be used in any of our stone products, including granite and marble.

Our current project (above: middle image) is using a piece of stone from our new luxury range of marble. Portoro is a stunning high end Italian marble, black with gold veining and white tracks. It’s ideal for worktops, bar countertops, tables and vanity units or for ultra-luxury flooring in entrance halls, shop and office facades and bathrooms.

This particular project called for two sections of 20mm Portoro to create a 40mm thickness, with the rockface edge creating an interesting and dynamic appearance.

At first glance rockface edging would not realistically be practical for day to day applications such as kitchen countertops. It’s not particularly comfortable to lean against and clothing may get caught on the rough edge; although it is feasible to smooth down some of the abrasiveness of the edge with wire brushes to make a ‘less rocky’ rockface!

Rockface is – not unexpectedly – a rarer edge for the Diespeker factory team who thrive on achieving challenging edge profiles and enjoy the occasional deviation from the more standard square polished edges with either pencil rounded or 3x3mm chamfered arises.

For anyone looking for something more unusual, it is quite a statement edge and one which is a superb choice for decorative stone furniture.

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