Stonecast is a unique small business started in 1998 by two partners, Martine Laporta and Mario Graziani. Martine, a fine art sculpture graduate and designer is also an experienced mould maker and restorer whilst Mario who is a BA Law graduate has extensive experience (20 years) in specialized precast concrete casting.
At Stonecast, our focus is on individual need, and so each item manufactured is treated as unique. We manufacture a very wide variety of products. Our range includes pots, planters, bowls, water features, benches, fireplaces, custom pavers, signage , sanitary ware and furniture. We specialize in custom architectural casting and mould making, made to client specification.
The Stonecast sanitary ware range includes freestanding basins, shower trays and baths. The counter-top basins we manufacture are guaranteed not to crack with hot water. The Bathsheeba bath is a freestanding stone bath and the Stonecast shower trays are custom made to fit your plug. The temperature resistant concrete basins manufactured by Stonecast are formulated using our own recipe, developed by cementitious chemist Greg Dunn. And, after 12 years of successful trials, we are proud to say that our products will last. We also make custom baths, basins and showertrays made up to client specification and we are continually developing new shapes and techniques to satisfy current trends and desires.
All our shapes are originally formed at our workshop in Cape Town. We make our moulds in steel, silicone or fibreglass. Together the team has over 60 years experience in manufacturing concrete products and both partners have background experience in restoration of buildings, set-building and prop-making in the film industry, mould-making and model-building. We are confident that our products are unique and are of superior quality and design.
Although we can produce many items from each mould the only “mass” in the production coming from Stonecast is the heaviness of our product. We embrace the heaviness as it gives our products permanence and elegance in an environment with destructive factors such as weather, wear and tear and theft. We also manufacture our products using lightweight polymer stone materials. Products made from these materials are more expensive as manufacture requires artisanal skills and expensive raw materials. Installing products made from these materials is easier and often this often makes them more cost effective as expensive cranes are not needed such as would be the case with their concrete counterparts. The fibreglass planters have a finish that very closely resembles the concrete option.
Each Stonecast product can work as an individual item or work in combination with other Stonecast forms. This applies especially to water features where different Stonecast components can be combined to create unique, interesting waterfeatures specific to the client’s requirements. We do not stock “off-the-shelf” waterfeatures but we do assist the client with a selection of options available to suit all their waterfeature requirements. Unfortunately, we do not build waterfeatures on site. Rather the components are precast and then assembled, installed and tested on site.
Our philosophy at StoneCast is simply to create a beautifully designed and well-made products that will embellish and enhance their surroundings for many years to come.