We enjoy the art of collaboration with our clients in the effort to create and distribute exciting new products. We feel very fortunate that so much of our work has been recognized and showcased in the press and on TV. Below are some press highights about the products JM LIfestyles has created. Plus, as industry leaders, we regularly teach at many trade shows. We also conduct training classes at our facility, not only for creating the most unique concrete applications but also maintenance and care. Our goal is to transcend industry limits and make concrete a first choice material for consumers. It's you our customer that we enjoy the most.
Featured in the Star Ledger, Woodform concrete
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Woodworkers Network featured JM Lifestyles' Woodform Concrete! They saw it at the KBIS tradeshow and wrote a wonderful informative article about this amazing revolutionary product
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Check out this Hurricane Sandy Rebuild using Modular Homes. JM Lifestyles made the outdoor patio unique and beautiful featuring Woodform Concrete® water table!
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Squarespace's New Offices Are Very Serious
The website-building empire's beautiful new offices are in a refurbished printing press in New York's Soho neighborhood
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Originally built in 1926, the Maltz Building in New York's Soho neighborhood was a factory producing printed materials during the mid-20th century. Today, the expansive loading dock in the rear of the historic building has been transformed into an entrance for the website-building platform Squarespace, whose new offices occupy the top three floors.
Squarespace moved into the recently refurbished space in March, consolidating its 322 New York-based employees. Where heavy machinery, factory lines, and reams of paper once stood, a sleek—and very serious-looking—modern office has risen. It's a fitting reuse of an old printing press for the information age.
"We felt very authentically that Squarespace is in the publishing business, helping businesses and individuals publish their identities online," says Brad Zizmor, a founding partner of A+I, the New York-based architecture firm that redesigned the space. Zizmor, his cofounder Dag Folger, and their team spent three months interviewing employees and familiarizing themselves with the company, which has become popular for providing beautiful, intuitive templates and tools to help businesses and individuals build their own websites.
Founded in 2004 by Anthony Casalena, Squarespace started taking off around 2010, after raising $38.5 million in series A funding. Since then, the company has enjoyed explosive growth: It has raised a total of $78 million in outside funding and grown to employ more than 550 people with offices in New York, Dublin, and Portland. Extensive advertising campaigns—including Super Bowl ads and frequent podcast spots—add to Squarespace's popularity among freelancers, designers, and a new generation of workers who all have their own website.
In the Squarespace headquarters in New York, the company was growing at such as rate that workers had spread across six floors in four buildings. Squarespace prides itself on being a collaborative work environment, says Casalena, so the spread-out nature of their offices wasn't exactly reflective of that ethos. "When you are split across six floors and it takes 15 minutes to get to a meeting, it changes who you talk with and how you talk to them," he says.
At 100,000 square feet, the new offices bring everyone together within three floors, a roof deck, and a lobby that doubles down as an event space in the former loading dock. Upstairs, the polished concrete floors and blackened wooden slats used as wall treatment mirror the company's branding, and dark leather benches and walnut accents give the office a grown-up, New York vibe. Along with a refreshing warmth and sophistication not always found in amenity-stuffed startup offices (which so often feel like adult playgrounds), the offices have an open atrium and wide staircases that give a sense of transparency and community.
The architects also worked to create both collaborative and individual workspaces in the office, with the buildings core acting as host to various-sized meeting spaces, and desks fanning out toward the windows. The layout fits the speed and flexibility of the company's work style, says Zizmor. "The people who work in the company are incredibly creative; there are engineers and designers that are focused on several modes of work," he says. "They have to switch fluidly from one work to the other, from loud, collaborative work to solitary and individual work at the turn of a dime. There's no 'let's set up a meeting at 1 p.m.' It's all happening in real time."
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Concrete is having a moment
One of the biggest showstoppers is the woodform concrete countertops on display at the booth of JM Lifestyles, an artisan workshop located in Randolph, New Jersey. The custom fabricated material, which can be used indoors or out, looks like real wood. It comes in a range of finishes, including oak and mahogany, with the option of bark edges and signature leaves imprints.
The woodform concrete earned high praise from Fu-Tung Cheng, the father of concrete countertops, who was in the Zephyr booth, showing off some of his sculptural range hoods. Cheng’s 2002 book Concrete Countertops has sold more than 175,000 copies and he’s personally trained about 5,000 contractors in the art of poured concrete countertops. “It’s become very prevalent,” he says. “It’s still not for everyone, including people who want a pristine, glass-like countertops that you don’t have to maintain. But if you’re looking for something with the character of old hardwood floors, it’s a great option, especially if you use the form of it.” No wonder he’s a big fan of JM Lifestyles.
Check out JM Lifestyles' Woodform Concrete® featured in This Old House Magazine as a problem solver!!
Check out this month's Design NJ page 75! One of our most unique concrete countertop projects. Custom carved edge, concrete drawers, hand forged bronze details, fiber optics and fossils!!
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Write up on one of our first Woodform Concrete Kitchens. The kitchen was created 5 years ago and photographed over the summer for this article. We are so pleased with the homeowner's experience and they still look great!
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Monday, January 21, 2013
J&M Lifestyles of New Jersey Receives Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Remodeling’ Award
Annual Survey and Analysis of 11 Million Monthly Users
Reveals Top-Rated U.S. Professionals
[RANDOLPH, NJ] -- January 21, 2013 – J&M Lifestyles of Randolph, NJ has been awarded “Best Of Remodeling” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design. The Award Winning Decorative Concrete Design Firm was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.
The Houzz “Best Of Remodeling” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionals. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.
Woodform™ Concrete is a J&M Lifestyles exclusive process, the look of wood with the durability of concrete able to be used for bars, countertops, tables, showers, vanities and any custom application. We ship worldwide.
“Houzz provides homeowners with an in-depth, 360-degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “We’re delighted to recognize J&M Lifestyles among our “Best Of” professionals for design as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like J&M Lifestyles, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.
About J&M Lifestyles
As the premiere concrete atelier our studio invented WoodForm Concrete® and creates concrete products including but not limited to countertops, bar tops, vanities, sinks, bathtubs, tub surrounds, fireplace surrounds, shower surrounds, entries, water features, custom molds, custom furniture and MORE! At JM LIfestyles products are made NOT manufactured! www.jmlifestyles.com
Houzz (www.houzz.com) is a leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, ‘advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.5 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality. @houzz_inc
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Best in Category: Jeff Kudrick, JM Lifestyles, Randolph, N.J., Worth kitchen. “We looked at the concrete and we saw how challenging it was that he did all these in one pour, like one piece. They weren’t made up of blocks and pieces.” – Fu-Tung Cheng
Winning First Place
Rising to the top of CHENG Concrete's 2010 Circle of Distinction Design Challenge, the Best of Show award went to Jeff Kudrick of J&M Lifestyles of Randolph, New Jersey. Cheng explains that while concrete is utilized in most of Kudrick's bathroom project, it isn't overpowering as a material; graceful transitions into glass shower walls and subtle details, like built-in functional features, are unexpected and yet thoughtfully well done. "This project shows the complete fusion of concrete," said Cheng, "with incredible craftsmanship and the sophisticated use of many pieces that wrap together in three dimensions. The concrete fits well into the environment as a whole without being monolithic. The look is timeless."
Take a close look, although these countertops appear to be large reclaimed planks, they're anything but! Can you tell what they're really made from? Click through for another view and to see the answer!
As the premiere concrete atelier our studio invented WoodForm Concrete® and creates concrete products including but not limited to countertops, bar tops, vanities, sinks, bathtubs, tub surrounds, fireplace surrounds, shower surrounds, entries, water features, custom molds, custom furniture and MORE! At JM LIfestyles products are made NOT manufactured!
We have a serious thing for concrete in bathrooms. We love it's look and feel and ease to clean, but when we found out that the hot new item was fiber optic bathrooms for kids — well we won't lie, we kind of squealed out loud.
We mentioned JM Lifestyles awhile back over at Apartment Therapy Chicago, where they made a counter top that appeared to be wood grain for a kitchen, but was in fact concrete! Well they're back with a new sneak peek at a recent bathroom that was done for a kids space that features built in night lights, or rather, fiber optic cables.
When J&M Lifestyles LLC was contacted to create a hunting-lodge theme in a New Jersey home, product manager Jeff Kudrick figured the creative possibilities were endless.
This residential kitchen counter top was designed around the color pallet that a homeowner used throughout her kitchen. Abstract lines and patterning were apparent throughout the home and, while this process didn't exist at the time of the fabrication, she gave JM Lifestyles the artistic leisure to transform her discussions into functional art.
The Inverted Bowl Floating sink from JM Lifestyles -- the drain is in the back so the water flows like a moat around to the back, and splashing is a thing of the past.
J&M Lifestyles is one of the the premiere concrete atelier in the world. Our studio invented WoodForm Concrete® and creates concrete products including but not limited to countertops, bar tops, vanities, sinks, bathtubs, tub surrounds, fireplace surrounds, shower surrounds, entries, water features, custom molds, custom furniture and MORE! At JM LIfestyles products are made NOT manufactured! www.jmlifestyles.com
"With precast you get more control over variables and are able to create a manageable system," Kudrick says. That control helps J&M reach its customers' expectations; and in this industry, it's all about expectations, Kudrick says.
Designer Genevieve Gorder transforms the Sellingers' over-the-top country kitchen into a modern, functional space suitable for its high family traffic.As seen on HGTV!
Customizing and personalizing Concrete Counter tops.