WHAT ARE MEN COMPARED
TO MOUNTAINS AND ROCKS?
SOLID AS A ROCK
Sempre works solely with natural stones mined in Belgium, Portugal, Italy, and France. Chemical products or colorings are banned, and the natural elements are celebrated even more. Fossil prints remind us that these stones have many stories to tell.
We start with the basics: the raw material. For this, we choose from a wide range of stones, all mined in Europe.
Most of our stone surfaces can be reworked with a top finish. This finish largely determines the final look of the product.
You can choose from 5 edge finishes. Do you prefer a classic or natural finish, the choice is yours!
We are convinced that the natural aging process should be celebrated. That is why our products are not protected by default. If you do not want your furniture to endure too much, you have a few options to choose from.
Do you like the look of natural stone but are you terrified of stains and scratches? A ceramic top might be your solution. The maximum size of our ceramic slabs is 162x324cm.
We prefer to cover the table with beautiful ceramics and original natural products, such as lava stone and river stone. Artisans in our production houses in Portugal and Indonesia make unique products of which no two are the same.
Our stoneware is made from natural terracotta, which is glazed for color. If a piece chips off, the original terracotta color will show through.
LAVASTONE & RIVERSTONE
As the name suggests, lavastone is a product derived from lava from an erupted volcano. The lava rolls through sand and hardens, which creates this beautiful but somewhat porous product. Fun fact: you can find small pebbles that are fused with the lava.⠀
Just like lavastone, this material is created by an eruption. The lava is stopped by a river with water and cools down rapidly. The water-resisting riverstone is born! We love to use this material to serve food.⠀
good to know
You might want to know this up front!
Our stones are mined from nature, which means that they contain fossils. As a result, white/ greyish marks or veins run through the stone. The quantity and size vary from piece to piece. Fossils are an inherent characteristic of the stone and do not affect its quality.
To avoid breakage, always place your bluestone table tops perfectly horizontal and level on the designated base. Ensure that there are no small scraps of stone or other materials stuck between the top and base.
Belgian bluestone is suitable for both indoors and outdoors. Its low porosity makes the material resistant to frost and pollution. The tops do not need to be covered in winter.
Massengis and Lapia stones can be used outdoors, whereas Carrara marble tables are best kept indoors and must not contact acids.
We do not seal our bluestone, so its porosity allows liquids from leaves, food, drinks, etc., to enter the stone, resulting in stains. When used indoors, we recommend TPS, which covers the tabletop with a thin protective layer. As this wears off over time, especially when the top is used intensely, you should regularly reapply the treatment. The coating prevents liquids from permeating the stone upon contact but does not make it 100% impenetrable, so it is best to wipe off any liquid as soon as possible.
Stains are less noticeable on our darker, fumé finishes. These finishes are created by impregnating the stone with a color deepener, which is available for purchase at Sempre. Always make sure to leave enough dry time between the different layers. If stains occur, Sempre can suggest an appropriate treatment.
MARKS AND SCRATCHES
Outside, grease marks on the stones will eventually fade with exposure to the sun and rain. This can take anywhere from several weeks to several months, depending on the grease’s nature and amount. For quicker results, you can use water with two spoonfuls of ammonia or a good detergent.
Superficial micro-scratches are normal and will, over time, contribute to give the top a beautiful patina. To nourish the stone and reduce micro-scratches, you may treat the top with natural glycerin-based soap diluted in water. You can clean the stone by nourishing it from time to time with a small amount of natural glycerin-based soap.
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