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Gather Co Texture Guide

Here at Gather Co we want to ensure that the gap between your screen and our surfaces is bridged. As such, we have developed this Texture Guide to provide a general understanding of the finishes across our collection and to offer a sense of the ‘feel’ you can expect from each variety.

*Please note: This is intended as a guide only. Some surfaces may sit outside the prescribed finish as stated below. It is not a Slip Rating, you’ll find that in the “Resources and Installation” section at the bottom of each product page.

Smooth
Mild
Coarse
1
2
3
4
5
Rating
Type of Finish
1
Polished A mirror-like shine accomplished by using progressively finer grit during the polishing process.
2
Brushed Brush finishing involves exposing stone surfaces to a rotating wire brush, simulating natural wear over time.
2
Honed A honed finish is achieved by applying a polishing head with a coarse grit fitting.
2
Sawn After initial cutting, the stone is lightly polished to remove the heaviest saw marks but, not enough to achieve a fully honed finish.
3
Acid Washed Acid washing is an exfoliation process where a chemical reaction is used to flake away at the stone’s surface.
3
Flamed A flamed finish is achieved through heating the surface of stone to extreme temperatures, followed by a rapid cooling process – leaving a textured, unrefined consistency.
3
Sand Blasted Sand blasting is the process of forcibly propelling streams of course material against a stone surface to smoothen or roughen it.
4
Chisseled A chiselled finish is achieved when metal combs are run over stone to form a unified grooved surface.
4
Natural A natural finish refers to stone in its raw state. It is reached through a combination of various geological conditions and prolonged environmental/atmospheric exposure.
1,2,3,4
Tumbled Tumbling is a secondary process applied in addition to one of the primary finishes. It is used to alter the edge detail of stone and typically results in reduced surface coarseness. Most commonly, tumbling is achieved by combining both stone pieces and aggregate inside a rotating rubber lined.
5
Bush Hammered This process employs either simple hand-held hammers or large electric implements. The method works through repeated surface impacts with a large metal slug made up of uniformed conical points.
5
Convict Picked A traditional stone treatment historically undertaken by convicts in Australia where steel crafting tools are repeatedly struck against the stone surface to achieve a moderate to heavily textured finish.
5
Split Splitting is achieved by mechanically or hand fragmenting stone, exposing a natural cleft and heavily textured finish.

Gather Co Rating Guide

Gather Co specialises in trading repurposed and antique fixtures. The matured nature of these genuine artifacts means that every piece comes in a distinct condition. We’ve developed this rating guide to help you quickly assess the level of wear associated with each selection.

Low
Good
High
Rating
One Star
These pieces are beautiful although their application must be carefully considered. Structural integrity is compromised.
Two Star
Likely presence of both structural faults and obvious superficial blemishes. Repairs evident.
Three Star
Minor structural issues and/or noticeable levels of wear.
Four Star
Firm structural integrity. Moderate signs of wear.
Five Star
Signs of wear still evident but, well preserved. Structurally sound.
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The LUO Family - Black

Shanghai Antique Brick 

Texture Guide: 4

Texture Guide: 4

Texture Guide: 4

Texture Guide: 4

Texture Guide: 4

Texture Guide: 4

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Discovered in the narrow alleyways of Shanghai’s Xintiandi district, these bricks are from traditional “shikumen” houses from the mid-19th century. Shikumen are an ancient form of residence in Shanghai that represent the city’s most iconic architecture, fusing Chinese and Western structural styles. Inspired by the local use of the smoky toned bricks, we saw the opportunity for a rich addition to the ever-evolving face of Australian design. Characterised by their distinctively stark colour contrasts, each idiosyncratic brick is a capsule of stories just waiting to be told. 

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“These tokens of antiquity have been reclaimed from historical buildings in Shanghai and then sawn, cleaned and repurposed to bring an authentic touch of history into a modern-day context.”

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Origin

Xintiandi, Shanghai - Lying on the eastern coast of mainland China, Shanghai is one of the world’s most populous culture and design meccas. The Xintiandi precinct, meaning ‘New Heaven and Earth’, is located at the city centre of Shanghai and is an urban eating and shopping hub, bursting with historical and cultural heritage.

Material

Low Fired Clay - Offering malleable workability and a resistance to shrinking or warping, low-fire clays are divided into two types; dark and white. The very definition of “low-fire” is determined by the temperature at which the clay matures, usually between 927⁰ and 1093⁰ C.

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