When United Marble Fabricators was hired by builders Adams & Beasley Associates to furnish, fabricate, and install all of the stone and tile in this unique two-story penthouse within the Four Seasons in Boston’s Back
Bay, the immediate focus of nearly all parties involved was more on the stunning views of Boston Common than of the stone and tile surfaces that would eventually adorn the kitchen and bathrooms. That entire focus,
however, would quickly shift to the meticulously designed first floor wet bar nestled into the corner of the two-story living room.
Lewis Interiors and Adams & Beasley Associates designed a wet bar that would attract attention, specifying ¾ inch Honey Onyx for the bar countertop and full-height backsplash. LED panels would be installed
behind the backsplash to illuminate the entire surface without creating
any “hot spots” traditionally associated with backlighting of natural stone.
As the design process evolved, it was decided that the originally specified
glass shelves with wood nosing would be replaced with PPG Starphire
ultra-clear glass that was to be rabbeted into the ¾ inch onyx backsplash
so that the floating shelves would appear to be glowing as they floated,
uninterrupted by moldings of any other materials.
The team first crafted and installed the backsplash, which was fabricated
from shop drawings, delivered to the 15th floor by elevator, and installed
prior to any base cabinetry. The countertops were fabricated with a 2 inch
mitered edge with an eased edge profile, and a 4 inch backsplash was
installed to meet the illuminated full-height backsplash.
The spirit of collaboration was alive and well on this project as the skilled
fabricators and installers of both stone and millwork worked interdependently
with the singular goal of a striking wet bar that would captivate any and
all guests of this stunning penthouse unit and rival the sweeping views of