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This led to a small collection being introduced to the designer bathroom market in South Africa, the first being the Picolo. In 1998 StoneKAST designed and manufactured the very first StoneKAST limestone bath which shared the same organic shape and name as the Picolo basin. Identified as having a European appeal, the bath was launched in the UK market later that year.
Due to the size, weight and cost of the original StoneKAST bath, the decision was made to explore new ways of manufacturing a more widely obtainable product. After consultation from one of the leading bathroom industry tycoons, StoneKAST relocated to Switzerland and embarked on a three-year research and development program which resulted in a fresh manufacturing process and design concept.
A high grade resin compound was created and a process was put in place to remove impurities from the raw limestone, resulting in a careful blend of natural and engineered compounds. A sustainable, non porous and anti bacterial surface layer was added to create the advanced StoneKAST material.
The thickness of the bath shell was also reduced to the now distinguished 25mm. A prototype was created for the now widely known Ovale bath which paved the way for a successful product relaunch in 2008 with 4 stunning and innovative bath models (Ovale, Quadrato, Cocoon and Geo), along with a rework on the original Picolo basin (renamed Uni).
The relaunch also saw the inclusion of an overflow design, allowing the baths to conform to New Build Regulations whilst at the same time fulfilling the minimalist design appeal. Since then, a further four models have been released (Pebble, Petite, Classic and Oasis). This year will see the launch of matching basins for every bath model.
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