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Lapicida 1 Flooring Showrooms Stone Midtown Midtown East

Lapicida has one of the most exquisite showrooms that I have entered, delivering a range of artifacts, furniture, and tiling cut only from the finest stone. Inspired by a trip to the Far East in the mid-1980s, stone craftsman and founder of Lapicida, David Charrington, has built a reputation for quality that has attracted clientele as high-profile as Kate Middleton and other members of the British aristocracy. In an effort to further expand their market into the New York trade and professional networks of international architects and interior designers, Lapicida moved into this coveted space on the ground floor of the D&D Building in late 2014.

The space itself is awe-inspiring: an Italian marble bath faces tiles of French limestone, which line up next to a marble Ferrari. Our contact, Anna, commented on the interior, "We try to be the best in the world, but not necessarily the biggest, and the space really caters to that idea...we want it to look more like a gallery than a tile shop." In this sense, Lapicida really does succeed; its refined display of stone is capable of grabbing the visitor's inspiration of what is truly possible in the realm of masonry.

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