For two decades now researchers have been looking into the laws of attraction and symmetry. In humans, some studies say it comes down to survival of the fittest as balanced facial features are linked to good health and fertility. Now… new research indicates the link is simply the visual brain finding patterns easier to interpret.
While we can’t disprove one hypothesis over the other; as fabricators we do see this primitive need for things to ‘match just right’ on a daily basis. In fact, one of the most stunning design options for stone is using material that has been what we call ‘book-matched.’
The process is a finishing method in which two slabs of material look as though paint were dropped between the pages of a book, pressed together and then pulled apart that results in a mirrored image. Here’s how it works: we match the two slabs mirrored flow working from the center out. This creates the look of no break in pattern and includes attaching veins along the seam of the slab which creates balance… the more expansive an area like a kitchen island – the more impact you will see. Ask your fabricator for pictures of their work including closeups because there’s usually an additional cost.