Maplewood business setting interior design trend


Aundrea Kinney photos/Review • Steve Cody, owner of LuxNova Stone, opened his Maplewood showroom July 2017 to display thinly sliced stone, which can be used for any number of home or business design projects. Because the stone is sliced so thin, it is lightweight and often can be backlit with white or colored light.

submitted photo • Materials like the tiger onyx seen on this bar and backsplash can be backlit to provide a warm glow and unique look.

Aundrea Kinney photos/Review • The LuxNova Stone showroom located near the Maplewood Mall offers about 15 varieties of stone including this Ziluo white translucent marble.

For about six months, Maplewood has been home to LuxNova Stone, a company which, according to the owner, is at the forefront of the stonework and home design industries.

LuxNova sells thinly sliced stone panels, many of which can be backlit, for use in showers, fireplaces, accent walls, backsplashes, staircases and more.

“It’s endless what you can do with it,” says owner Steve Cody. He explains that the stone is waterproof and can be used indoors or outdoors in residential or commercial settings, for almost whatever project a client may have in mind.

The Maplewood showroom is located at 1900 County Road D East, Suite 125. and is typically open Monday through Friday.

The stone itself is harvested from all over the world and shipped to China as large rocks. There, a backing is adhered to the stone and it’s sliced to be two centimeters thick. Backing is adhered to the other side before the stone is sliced in half with a diamond wire.

Because the stone is cut so thin, it’s much lighter than other available stone products, making it great for vertical applications, Cody says.

“It’s really the first innovation in stone in decades,” he says. “I’ve been to architectural engineering school. I’ve been in construction since I was 18. It’s the coolest thing I’ve seen.”

Cody was first inspired by the idea of backlit design materials about five years ago when he was working a booth for his Woodbury-based chimney business and saw what appeared to be backlit stone at the Home + Garden show in Minneapolis.

“Knowing what I know now, it was probably porcelain, but it was cool, and their booth was packed the entire time of the show,” Cody says.

Years later, when he was looking at opening a showroom, that product was still on his mind, but his research led him instead to a Canadian company, Designer Stone Panels. After a trip to the company’s Toronto headquarters, Cody knew he wanted to get involved. He opened LuxNova Stone in Maplewood, but before the showroom even opened, the product had taken off.

About half a dozen designers found out about the stone before renovations to the Maplewood showroom were complete, Cody says. After months of pressure from eager designers, Cody ordered some stone in July 2017.

“They were waiting for us to unload it from the truck, standing on glue floors just waiting to see, and so that’s where it all started,” he says.

That same month, Cody explains, organizers from the Minnesota State Fair called because they had heard about the product and wanted to get LuxNova Stone into a booth at the fair.  

This spring, LuxNova Stone will show its products at 22 home shows between five different states, including the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

“The response is always the same,” Cody says. “You turn on the lights and everybody’s smiling, and it’s hard to believe it came out of the ground.”

For more information, visit www.luxnovastone.com.

 


– Aundrea Kinney can be reached at 651-748-7822 or akinney@lillienews.com.

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