We often take for granted how often we require something that seems so mundane, and in a way, somewhat boring. But without them we would be lost, and have nowhere to do 'things'. Without them we would have no alternative but to use the floor, but is'nt the floor one of these too? Apart from using the floor, any item that is solid enough to carry out the job at hand we can use, such as tree stumps, boulders, in fact the options are fairly large. Solid Surfaces are things that has the ability to allow us to lay, sit, stand, and lean, let alone anything else we need to do or make.
Probably the most important aspect, and what drives everything we do as a species, stems from artistic expression. We all want to create, our very being here is an expression of creation. From paintings on cave walls to preparing food, are all forms of art, and all require a surface to free our hands. Many would say that they are not good at art, but when everything that we do involves creating something, its all a form of art. Freeing our hands and using a solid surface to place the utensils, allows the mind to relax and channel that creative expression.
Although they can be found everywhere in nature, finding Solid surfaces that are practical is not so easy. Out in nature, far from man-made creations, surfaces you could use are either upright or laying flat and made of wood, stone or compacted ground. Its only natural then, that wooden and stone solid surfaces are used for somewhere to live and store things. So right there, the need for human kind to manipulate nature is within us all, in an effort to achieve more so we can create more.
Needing surfaces to work at, and withstand the chores of everyday use, has driven us to always source the most durable materials for worktops. The first obvious worktop type being of wood, however, does not stand very well to cutting and carving, and over time will require replacing. Forever chasing, and to use the game 'paper, scissors, stone' as an analogy, we would use stone as a worktop surface to withstand the daily chopping and cutting. But over time, we realise that there are many wood and natural stone types, that offer resillience in one or more ways.
Technological advancements in the search for stronger materials begins with metallurgy, the art of extracting metals from ores and combining metals to form alloys. Metallurgy therefore gives rise to metals as solid surfaces for worktops, and precision machines. With the advent of machinery, manufacturing exerts itself during the period of the industrial revolution. Of course, this means, more durable and resistant surfaces for more purposes and reasons to need a worktop surface!
What comes from nature has an urge to return to it, however a materialistic world wants to take what it has accrued over time along for the ride. Nothing creates better, or more efficiently than the minerals formed though the forces of the elements, and the underlying rhythm of frequencies that shapes all things. So, why not duplicate that with technology?! Our attempts to mimic natural processes to form harder, denser and more resistant surfaces has provided man kind with some outstanding materials. But this has come at a cost of destroying the very thing we want to imitate through ignorance and pollution. Yes, all this because we need worktops to produce, manufacture, dictate and legislate.
We are currently living in a world where it is difficult to find any surface that we use that is made naturally, its all man-made. Engineered surfaces have become all the rage, and in the category of kitchen worktops, there are now several to choose from. Various engineered stone types imitate different natural processes in their manufacture, using a mix of natural and synthetic minerals and materials. Other man-made surfaces duplicate natural processes in manufacture using only synthetic materials.
We are coming to realise scientifically that frequency and vibration can produce materials harmonically and in line with nature. All we have to do as a species is realise that we need not cling onto a system of use, abuse and throw away. Financial burdens and ecomomic enslavements are not sustainable for nature and our own self wellbeing. We see the fall of an old paradigm all around us in 2022. The longer we hold onto the current unsustainable and scientific advancements, the more painful the inevitable new sustainable and healthy lifestyle will bubble to the surface
The chart below provides crude comparison between natural stone and engineered surfaces in respect of resistances, choice and affordability. Please understand that the information provided in the chart is based on the perspective of worktops.