Case Study

DKTN makes a first impression to remember

By Harris Architects

Nippon Express  - Nippon Express 6 51


Itasca, IL, USA






1000 sq.ft


Harris Architects


Wall Cladding


Stone Systems of Chicago


4 mm

The perfect material for a bold vision

Nothing makes a statement like a large wall cladded in DKTN, and that’s exactly what we see at Nippon Express’ Itasca offices. Kasey Kluxdal, Senior Design Architect for Harris Architects had a vision in mind and presented the Cosentino team with a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and together they explored the many DKTN colors, textures, and thicknesses that could bring her vision to life.

The decision was clear, DKTN Bergen was the perfect color for Nippon Express’ reception area. From the Stonika Collection, DKTN Bergen is inspired by natural Portobello marble with beautiful grayish veins creating sculptural patterns on an off-white base. With its high-gloss print, 4 mm thickness, and large panels, DKTN Bergen transformed the reception area of this global Japanese logistics company.

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“The architect fell in love with DKTN Bergen and was impressed with the large format look. This was the key to making the project a success”
Maritza Parada Arias

Maritza Parada Arias

Business Manager, Stone Systems

The magic is in the bookmatch

When cladding this two-story wall, it was imperative that the bookmatch be perfect. Cosentino and the installer, Stone Systems of Chicago, worked hand-in-hand to bookmatch the large DKTN panels to create a seamless statement wall in the reception area and behind the two-story stairwell. DKTN’s large-format panels and tight grout joints also greatly contribute to the visually continuous aesthetic of the wall and the thin 4 mm thickness allows the wall area to be as narrow as possible.

This logistic giant’s Itasca office is as unique as it is unforgettable. DKTN Bergen adorns the walls and is the first thing people see when they step inside - talk about making a good first impression.

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Cosentino’s materials used in this project

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