Georgia Magazine - November 2012 - (Page 24)

Flip-flops and caviar: Winning Georgia products ‘Made in Georgia’ takes on new meaning BY JANE F. GARVEY Georgia made A s we move into the 21st century, Georgians are bringing their manufacturing skills into focus for producing refined objects and flavorful treats. Art is influencing the way we even take a bath! And how we dress the countertops in our homes brings manufacturing and recycling into the same zone, with fascinating results. Take a look at some of the fine products we found for the 2012 edition of “Made in Georgia.” Beyond footings and foundations Sustainable. Responsible. Creative. These are just some of the descriptions DEX Industries, founded in Atlanta by Craig Smith and Lauriel Leonard, apply to their concrete and terrazzo installations. It’s hard, in fact, to take your eyes off of their stylish countertops that are made from concrete and have embedded within them perhaps bottle caps from Georgia beer bottles. Or faux jewels. Or bits of broken glass. The company’s 65,000-squarefoot downtown Atlanta facility can handle both large- and small-scale projects. While the highly polished concrete bar tops have obvious commercial applications, the use of concrete to finish countertops and other surfaces in the home is masterfully executed and fits contemporary design as naturally as a glove fits a hand. From tables, especially those designed for outdoor use, to kitchen countertops to bath fixtures, such as molded sinks, concrete has never looked so good. Then there’s the recycled glass that’s used in what the company calls “decorative aggregates,” meaning discarded glass bottles from restaurants—wine bottles and soft drink bottles—and even from the neighbors—that are cleaned, crushed and mixed with a cement binder. The material that results is called DEXTerraTM, and the company claims it uses very little energy to produce this terrazzo. At the same time, the material rescues objects that would otherwise be headed to a landfill and gives them another long useful life. “It’s as green as it gets,” says the company. The DEX showroom is open only by appointment at 675 Metropolitan Pkwy., #1068, Atlanta; (404) 753-0600; www.concrete Luxury bathing COURTESY SERENBE DEX countertops add beauty and durability to a kitchen at the 2012 HGTV Green Home at Serenbe. 24 Step into one of the divinely sexy tubs at the spa at Chateau Elan, just north of Atlanta, and you sink into a magnificent creation that makes you forget how romantic those claw-and-ball tubs of a century ago are supposed to be. Made in Georgia by hand at Sugar Hill’s MTI Baths, these are the antique fixtures of the future. But for the moment, they are totally contemporary, clean of line GEORGIA MAGAZINE More online at

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - November 2012

Georgia Magazine - November 2012
Picture This?
Liberty Notes
Georgia News
Calendar of Events
Festival Guide
Homes for the Holidays
Flip-Flops and Caviar: Winning Georgia Products
More Great Georgia Products
Around Georgia
Lodging and Dining on the North Georgia Art Ramble
My Georgia
Statement of Ownership
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks
More Snapshot Submissions
Second Helping: More Holiday Side Dishes
Plant of the Month
November Online Trivia Contest

Georgia Magazine - November 2012