While looking at granite options with a commercial client today, I was reminded of the fact that even “permanent” materials like stone (marble, granite, quartzite, engineered quartz) have fallen into the “trend” category. If you like Carrera marble, great. If you like black granite, also great. When did we get so wrapped up in the mentality of what’s “in” and “out” that such long-range choices have such a mercilessly short lifespan for being desirable? Remember that “green” design and living must begin to acknowledge that not everything needs to be the “latest, coolest” thing.