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StonelineDesigns, Inc. creates beautiful office furniture using wood, steel, glass and stone. Our stone topped conference tables are very popular for both home and executive offices. Following are descriptions of some of our most popular types of stone, slate and granite.
Absolute Black Granite
Honed or Polished Finish
Absolute Black Granite is one of the most popular materials that Stoneline Designs, Inc. uses for its custom made office furniture. It is a deep Black stone from Zimbabwe with no veining and consistent coloring. It is available in both a honed finish and a highly polished finish. A 1" sandblasted border and edge detail is standard. A very hard and durable stone. The polished finish requires no maintenance while the Honed finish require occasional reapplication of Mineral Oil. Frequency depends on use but approximately once a year for a moderately used dining table.
Benjamin Grey Stone
The Benjamin Grey Stone is a Warm Grey Stone from Jerusalem with soft veining in a sweeping pattern over the whole surface. It has a Honed (satin) finish with a 1" hand-tooled border detail. It is a medium hard stone and scratching can occur. Therefore, coasters and placemats are recommended. Requires periodic reapplication of Mineral Oil. Frequency depends on use but approximately once every 2 years for an occasionally used dining table.
Cleft Black Slate
Our Cleft Black Slate is a black stone from Italy with consistent coloring. The stone is split (cleft) to provide a rough, textured surface. A 1" hand-tooled border detail is standard. This material is appropriate for infrequently used, formal dining tables or occasional tables (End, Coffee & Console Tables). It is a medium soft stone and scratching can occur. Therefore, coasters and placemats are recommended. It requires periodic reapplication of the final oil finish used in the sealing process. Frequency depends on use, but we recommend approximately once every 2 years for an occasionally used dining table.
Any Stoneline conference table can include a custom power/wiring system. Electronic devices such as computer, projector, or video conferencing equipment can connect to power and data ports cleverly concealed in the conference table top.Stoneline Designs offers many different power/wiring options in all their custom made conference tables including the following:
- Power/Wiring Grommet. Electronics plug into two power and two voice/data ports (cat. 5) inside a 4" diameter hole in the table top. The wires and power/data outlets are concealed by a Brushed Aluminum cover cap.
- Center Power/Wiring Trough. A sliding Brushed Aluminum cover conceals Power and voice/data ports (cat. 5). Each sliding cover includes 2 power and 2 voice/data ports. Additional wiring and power or data outlets are easily accomodated for greater electronic conferencing needs.
- Pop-up Power/Wiring Box. (Crescent table only) Four power outlets and four voice/data ports (cat. 5) inside a 5" diameter wiring box which raises up out of the table top, and pops down for concealment. Pop-up wiring box is accessed from both sides of table. Electronics and power cables are run through the pedestal, typically to power outlets in the floor.
- Flip-up Power/Wiring Box, Side Access. Electronics plug into one power outlet, two voice/data ports (cat. 5), audio port and VGA port inside a 5" diameter wiring box which raises out of the table top, and pops down for concealment. Wiring access from one side of flip-up box only.
- Pass-through Power/Wiring Hole. An economical alternative, the pass-through wiring hole is simply a channel in the table pedestal in which the customer's own wires, electrical and power cables can be run. The wiring hole is covered by a removable 2" diameter cap.
- Wiring in Pedestal. When the table design includes a pedestal, the wiring grommet or pop-up box will be centered over the pedestal, concealing wires, electrical and power cables within for a seamless, professional appearance. Many conference rooms include a power outlet in the floor under the table pedestal, making power cables and electrical wires completely invisible.
- Wiring Column. If the table design does not feature a pedestal, a wiring column is placed between leg plates to conceal wires, electrical and power cables. Click here for photo of a wiring column in an Axis conference table.
Salle de l'Alabama / Hall of the Alabama, Hotel de Ville / City Hall, Geneva (Switzerland)
This beautiful conference table hosted 2 events in US history. It is the site where the (First) Geneva Convention was signed in 1864, founding the Committee of the Red Cross
Later, in 1872, an international tribunal meeting here settled the so-called "Alabama Claims" of the USA against the UK for their actions during the US Civil War.
Stoneline Designs' Quadrant line features brushed steel panels riveted to a wooden frame.
Stainless steel is known for its ability to be a clean surface that resists corrosion and rust. Stainless steel responds well to cleaning as long as certain rules are followed.
- Routine cleaning can be accomplished by buffing with a soft cloth. This is the least risky option for cleaning our stainless steel products. Wipe in the directions of the polish lines.
- If you've had staining or need to polish your stainless steel, a stainless steel cleaner may be a good option. Some of these cleaners and polishes can help minimize scratching and remove stains. They also can polish stainless steel surfaces nicely. Read the directions on the stainless steel cleaner and test in an inconspicuous spot. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and towel dry. After cleaning you should reapply a protective wax. Stoneline Designs uses and recommends Gleem by Saffelle. This product is a cleaner which contains a wax to protect the surface. All of our stainless steel tables are cleaned and polished with this before shipping.
Last year Stoneline designed a conference table and credenza for a glass container manufacturer in Louisiana. Because glass is key to their business, we designed their table with our Patterned Scratched glass finish. It is a unique glass treatment with a sparkling blue-grey color. We just received this letter from the client:
It's been almost nine months since we received the conference table and credenza from Stoneline Designs, and I wanted to let you know how much we have enjoyed the compliments we have received from our visitors. Since we are a glass container manufacturing facility, it is appropriate for the beautiful glass design table. The 12.5 ft Crescent conference table with scratched glass and the beautiful credenza definitely make a statement!
It was a pleasure working with Diana and Monte. You calmed my fears about ordering from an internet showroom. We could not be happier with the experience and the product.
Barbara, we're so glad you're enjoying the table and credenza. We hope you'll send a photo, maybe with examples of your glass containers on the table so we can see how well they go together. Thanks so much!
Spring has arrived in North Carolina, and when weather permits, our artisans move some of their work outside. Here Mace uses a diamond drum to polish the wiring hole in a glass conference table top.
When the conference table is assembled, the hole will be fitted with a wiring grommet which houses power and data jacks under a removable cover. Most wiring grommets are flanged to cover the edge of the hole, and sit up on top of the table. Stoneline uses a grommet without a flange which is set flush with the tabletop surface, leaving the edge of the hole exposed. We hand polish and edge detail the hole, creating a focal point in the design of the table.
Running water reduces friction as Mace works, and tape protects the glass table top in case the diamond drum slips.
- Arrive three to five minutes early to get your pick of seats, and allow more important people to choose their seat first.
- Try to sit to the left of the most important person at the meeting. This may not be the person leading the meeting.
- Try not to sit next to an empty chair as this makes you appear isolated and reduces your importance.
- Do not sit directly across the conference table from someone with whom you expect conflict; this is a confrontational position. Try to sit on the same side of the table as your antagonist, but not next to them.
- The person leading the meeting should sit at the end of the conference table furthest from the door. Chaney and Martin call this seat the "power perch."
- Just as you should avoid sitting next to someone with whom you expect conflict, try not to sit next to a close friend or work buddy. You may be tempted to chat or share a private joke during the meeting, which is rude and isolates you from the rest of the group.
- Make sure your cell phone is turned off, not on vibrate. Better yet, don't bring your phone to the conference room. If you absolutely must have your phone, explain why (waiting for a critical call, etc) to the conference chair in advance.
- Setting your smart phone or Blackberry on the conference table is an aggressive gesture. You are telling everyone in the room that your time is more important than theirs. Don't do it unless you have the standing to justify it, as it can make you appear arrogant.
- Use a pen and paper to take notes instead of a laptop. Other people may have trouble seeing you over the laptop case, which tends to isolate you from the group. Besides, the potential for distraction is too great with your computer, especially if the conference room provides a wireless network.