Concrete Win for Local Artisan with Nationally Acclaimed Green Furniture

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It's a bench, It's a table, It's a winner! Newbold Stone "Combi" recognized in the 2009 Circle of Distinction and now available in Austin

South Austin concrete artisan, Newbold Stone, announces the availability of the award winning "Combi", a locally designed and crafted, environmentally-friendly furniture series. The Newbold Stone Combi delivers the ultimate in flexibility as a bench or a side table that can be used in both interior and exterior settings.

Combi was awarded an honorable mention for the 2009 Circle of Distinction in the category of Exterior/Outdoor pieces. This national, annual competition, held by CHENG Concrete Exchange, recognizes exceptional design and craftsmanship, technical skill and overall aesthetic appeal.

A key factor in Combi's recognition by industry leader Fu Tung Cheng was its duality in function, allowing the consumer to extend seating options by using Combi as a bench or enabling space saving functionality as an over-the-couch side table.

"With the rise in loft-style living in Austin, I saw a need to provide residents sleek and modern seating options that don't cause storage headaches," said John Newbold, Founder of Newbold Stone. "Combi is an eco-friendly way to meet this need and extend that flexibility into exterior living spaces."

Austinites are bound to love Combi not only for its functionality, but because Combi is environmentally inspired and locally designed and fabricated. Combi is made of up to 80% post-consumer and industrial recycled material and various hardwoods. Combi is also available in Newbold Stone's popular Austin Spark™ finish, which combines concrete with local multi-colored recycled glass from Austin's very own recycling center. By employing local craftsman and distributing Combi to greater Central Texas, Newbold Stone is reducing the total embodied energy of this award-winning furniture series.

Newbold Stone's Combi is available online at http://www.newboldstone.com/combi and is coming soon to finer local Austin furniture retailers.

About Newbold Stone

Newbold Stone is an architectural concrete design and build firm based in the South Congress area of Austin, TX. Equipped to address the needs of individual residential installations as well as high volume multi-unit projects, Newbold Stone has completed more than 60 projects in Austin since 2006.

Powered by the creative energies of founder John Newbold, an experienced designer and engineer and third-generation craftsman trained by renowned concrete expert Fu-Tung Cheng in San Francisco, Newbold Stone is dedicated to excellence in the design and installation of decorative concrete.

Newbold Stone embraces concrete's environmentally friendly attributes and has participated in a number of green home projects. Newbold Stone product typically contains between 10% and 50% recycled content and contains no resins and is treated with low-VOC materials. Newbold Stone employs sustainable business practices including water limited fabrication techniques and the reuse and reclamation of materials throughout the process. Of the many available countertop options, Newbold Stone concrete delivers one of the most dramatic design impacts with the least possible environmental impact.

Originally founded in Southern California in 2001, Newbold Stone relocated to Austin in fall 2006 to serve the greater central Texas area, while select installations continue in San Diego. The vibrant growth and creativity of the Austin area serves as the ideal backdrop for the creation and enjoyment of designer-grade concrete, where residents and designers alike seek unique media to express their design visions.

Learn more about Newbold Stone and peruse a selection of our projects at http://www.newboldstone.com.

About CHENG Concrete

Fu-Tung Cheng's deep appreciation and passion for concrete is the impetus behind Cheng Concrete - a specialized division and online channel dedicated to all topics, products and information related to concrete as a finish material and based on more than 20 years of research and inspiration. Cheng Concrete is the single, leading resource for concrete countertop design. Geared for the professional architect, designer and contractor or the typical DIY-er, Cheng Concrete offers a bevy of knowledge, instruction and information for individuals to craft their own concrete furnishings, including Cheng's own NeoMix™ system that includes a proprietary mix, tools, accessories and instructional products. Through Concrete Exchange, an education program that offers hands-on workshops and programs across the country, Cheng Concrete shares the techniques and design principles in Cheng's concrete work. Workshops ranging from introductory courses in concrete countertops to advanced training in glass fiber-reinforced concrete, fireplaces, counters and walls. Cheng Concrete's "Concrete Exchange" of hundreds of concrete contractors across the country offers homeowners a resource for Cheng-trained local contractors.

Cheng Concrete educational tools include a series Cheng-authored best-selling books published by The Taunton Press. His first books, Concrete Countertops and Concrete at Home have sold more than 200,000 copies. His newest book and DVD set, Concrete Countertops Made Simple (December 2008), is based on his introductory workshops for hundreds of contractors and homeowners and shares his vision for the broad, creative appeal of hands-on design and the "green" low-carbon footprint benefits of having local craftspeople and homeowners use locally quarried materials to create low-cost products for their homes. The book and DVD provide step-by-step instruction for anyone wishing to craft a superior concrete countertop in the spirit and artistry of Fu-Tung Cheng.

Please visit http://www.concreteexchange.com for additional information.

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