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2013 Articles

Concrete Wall by Fu-Tung Cheng

Holy Moly—a New Outdoor Product Line! by Fu-Tung Cheng

With the concrete mix formulation in place, I designed the Silo™ and Cubi-Q™ barbeque grill surrounds, the Quadra™ Fire Cube, and the Rhomba™ bench, all created to work seamlessly with Outdoor Concrete Pro-Formula Mix and make casting outdoor pieces as smooth as possible for you. With our easy-to-use molds and kits, you now have all the tools you need to create your own spectacular outdoor gathering place for your friends and family.

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Concrete Wall by Fu-Tung Cheng

What Outdoor Projects for my Home and Garden Can I Make Based on My Skill Level?

Here's an overview of how to make outdoor concrete work for you based on your skill level.

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Fu-Tung Cheng

Karl Champley of "DIY Live" Interviews Fu-Tung Cheng



Sakrete

Sakrete Hosts CHENG Concrete at World of Concrete 2013

Sakrete, a leader in concrete and concrete-related products, will once again host CHENG Concrete in its booth during the three and a half days for World of Concrete, 2013 in las Vegas. CHENG has had a presence in the Sakrete booth for the past three years.

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2012 Articles

Concrete Stepping Stone

Make Something Special with Concrete

CHENG CONCRETE STEPPING STONE MOLDS AND OUTDOOR PRO-FORMULA AT MAKER FAIRE — CHENG Concrete will showcase a series of five Concrete Garden Stepping Stone Molds at Maker Faire at the San Mateo County Events Center, May 18 and 19, 2013.

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Outdoor Pro-Formula

CHENG Concrete Launches Outdoor Pro-Formula

CHENG Concrete, LLC, announces the debut of CHENG Outdoor Concrete Pro-Formula, the newest addition to the time-tested CHENG Pro-Formula line celebrating its 10th year as the concrete mix formulation trusted by concrete professionals.

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2011 Articles

Wall Street Journal

New Ways to Use Less Energy at Home

Concrete countertops? Blown fiberglass insulation? The payback may be quicker than you think.

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Concrete Decor Article

CHENG NeoMix D-FRC Featured in High-End Retail Display

Eight concrete display tables in one of the six rooms of The Shoe Galleries show off the latest shoes from brands like Carvela, Nine West and French Connection. Their angular shapes are interesting enough to catch the eye, but their colors are neutral enough to ensure the shoes are the main event.

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Concrete Decor Article

NeoMix D-FRC from CHENG Concrete

Born out of frustration with the long learning curve for mastering GFRC, CHENG Concrete's NeoMix D-FRC is designed to not only shorten that learning curve for contractors, but also to outperform traditional GFRC in regards to flexural strength and abrasion resistance.

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Contra Costa TImes

Science Center Awash with Progress

The model, a creation from Scientific Art Studio in Richmond, is made out of a special concrete on a scale of 8 inches to one mile. A long-planned Delta science and natural education center is taking shape along the shoreline here to show and tell the public about the maze of rivers and islands in the heart of California's water delivery system.

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Kitchen Trends Article

Personal Space

Creating visual interest in a remodeling project can be achieved by a thoughtful use of materials and detailing. The trick is to combine the carious elements into one harmonious look.

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Concrete Decor Article

Cheng Concrete 2011 Circle of Distinction Design Challenge Winners

Fu-Tung Cheng announced the 2011 winners of CHENG Concrete's annual Circle of Distinction Design Challenge at the 2011 Concrete decor Show & Spring Training, in Nashville, Tenn.

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Western Living Condo Article

Gentleman's Choice

There's a new game being played among a set of Vancouver's professional, 30-something men. A game of exuberant one-upmanship that leaves petty sportscar rivalries in the dust.

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2010 Articles

Concrete Homes Article

Plane & Fancy

The word "counter" originally meant a surface in a business establishment for counting out goods and money. it has grown to mean a surface you can count on in a very different sense: countertops have become essential features of almost everybody's lives. They've completely replaced the kitchen worktable of 100 years ago, and have similarly taken over bathrooms.

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Handyman Club Article

DIY Hero

In the universe of materials used for DIY projects, you would likely classify concrete as relatively inexpensive, utilitarian and durable, maybe even humble. Most people don't think of it as high-end or artistic. But armed with the right techniques, materials and skills, you can produce spectacular concrete creations.

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Concrete Homes Article

Will Bruder and Fu-Tung Cheng Are Starting Off Events with Lively Debate

The Concrete Decor Show & Decorative Concrete Spring Training, will provide the concrete building industry an opportunity to learn more about concrete sustainability and improvement of both the aesthetics and performance of concrete in building an renovation.

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2009 Articles

Cheng Design Completes First Concrete Home

House 6: Innovation in Concrete

MENLO PARK, CA - Nestled at the end of a Northern California suburban cul-de-sac, Cheng Design's first completed concrete home stately sits. The award-winning design firm has designed several homes from the ground up, but House 6 is the first finished project to uniquely use a concrete casting system that creates both structure and special finish simultaneously.

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Open House Article

House 6 by Cheng Design

Wai and Curtis Mo had never considered living in a home made mostly of concrete when they hired designer Fu-Tung Cheng of Berkeley, California-based Cheng Design. "They just wanted an open, free flowing space," Cheng says of the couple, whose original plan called for an expansion of their San Francisco house, adding an office for Curtis, a study, and new bedroom for their two children.

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CHENG Concrete Expands Training Locations

Nationwide Expansion

In response to the increasing demand for concrete countertop education developed by world-renowned author and designer Fu-Tung Cheng, the CHENG Concrete Training Academy is pleased to announce the opening of its latest training location, the CHENG Center of Excellence at custom concrete maker Livingstone Studios in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

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CHENG Concrete Trade Show Tour

Fu-Tung Cheng and Cheng Concrete Hit the 2009 Trade Show Circuit

If concrete is your medium, you'll want to hear Cheng's message. Join industry expert Fu-Tung Cheng and leading concrete countertop product supplier Cheng Concrete for presentations, seminars, and live demonstrations of concrete for the home, focusing on concrete countertops, at the International Builders Show and World of Concrete Show this January and February.

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Orlando Home and Leisure Article

Rock Solid Revolution

Concrete counters move to mainstream as designers embrace it's versatility and advanced casting techniques.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Material World: Concrete Countertops

Artist and designer Fu-Tung Cheng has lived in the Bay Area since 1978, when he bought a 1,200 s.f. home in Albany. He embarked almost immediately on a remodeling project that led to the construction of his first experimental kitchen counter - a disaster.

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Boutique Design Article

Uprooting the Roots

In most professional industries, including design, diversity is a welcomed word. It denotes risk taking. It conveys experience. It means expertise. But the interpretation of diversity and what it means in the design world can change at a moment's notice.

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2008 Articles

65 Degrees Article

A Timeless, Modern Space

A seven-foot-wide, bronze pivot door opens up to reveal the custom universe and hillside forest of this recently completed 6,000 s.f. Carmel Hills tour-de-force home. Upon entering this home, the first thing one senses is the shimmer and soothing sound of moving water.

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Women's Day Kitchens and Baths Article

A Glass Act

The low-slung, contemporary homes built in California in the middle of the last century set the precedent for indoor-outdoor living in the U.S. One example is this 1960 house in Orinda, whose owners have lived there 43 years.

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2007 Articles

Decorative Concrete Project

Design Awards Honor Decorative Concrete Projects

CHENG Concrete Exchange has announced the winners of its third annual Members' Circle of Distinction Design Challenge. The contest, open exclusively to members of the exchange, received a total of 77 submissions, which were evaluated on design, technical skill, and overall aesthetic appeal.

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Concrete Bathrooms

Concrete Bathrooms

The bathroom is an intimate room, not a place for cold, hard edges. So why is concrete increasingly used in bathrooms? "Concrete can be sculpted and shaped to work ergonomically with the human body, which is important for a bathroom..." - Fu-Tung Cheng, Cheng Design. Combine concrete's beautiful forms with comfortable utility and concrete becomes an obvious material of choice.

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Washington Home Garden Article

Counter Revolution

In the busiest room of the house, kitchen countertops bear the brunt of daily activity. Scratches, stains and dings add up over time. New countertops revive the heart of your home without the expense of a complete remodel.

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Innovative Options for Concrete Countertops

Rock, Wood, Glass and Concrete: Innovative Options for Countertops

When designing a kitchen, one of the biggest decisions you make concerns the material you select for your countertops. Start with your style and how you function in your kitchen. Then consider appearance, durability and of course, expense.

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Concrete Countertop Awards from CHENG Concrete Exchange

CHENG Concrete Awards Honor the Best in Concrete Countertop Design

CHENG Concrete Exchange announced the winners of its third annual Members' Circle of Distinction Design Challenge at World of Concrete 2007. Leading the pack was Eric Boyd of Reaching Quiet Design, Charlotte, NC, who took "Best of Show" honors at the Las Vegas, NV ceremony.

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Designer Magazine Article

Phoenix Rising

The couple who own this Spanish mission-style stucco-clad home in California, US, had just wanted to replace their leaky roof. But during the demolition process, they realized that they were not in love with their architect's design. "I liked the architect's work, but I wanted a special house..."

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Reign of Fire: Four Custom Kitchens

Reign of Fire: Four Custom Kitchens Fit for a God

"What is accomplished by fire alchemy &em; whether in the furnace or in the kitchen stove," wrote the medieval physician and astrologer Paracelsus. Your "fire" can come from a killer Minotti range, but the inspiration you will need to utilize it imaginatively will flow more easily when it is set into equally gorgeous kitchen. Here we look at four companies doing top-shelf custom kitchens that boast original designs of the finest quality.

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Cheng Design by Zephyr Hood wins award

Cheng Receives Good Design Award

Fu-Tung Cheng, master designer and craftsman, has been honored with the prestigious Chicago Athenaeum GOOD DESIGN™ Award for his island ventilation hood, Trapeze. This kitchen hood was selected from thousands of applications worldwide and received the GOOD DESIGN™ Award in the Kitchen/Appliances category.

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CHENG Announces New Concrete Countertop Fabricator Training

Business Savvy

In response to the ever-growing demand for concrete countertops and concrete formations within the home, CHENG Concrete Exchange is pleased to announce the development of its most focused, business-specific concrete countertop training program to date.

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CHENG Introduces Best-in-Class Professional Polishing Pads

Smooth Operator

Fu-Tung Cheng, award-winning residential designer and bestselling author of Concrete Countertops and Concrete at Home has just announced the newest addition to his concrete countertop product line: CHENG Professional Polishing Pads. At 4 mm, this new pad boasts a 60% increase in polishing surface.

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World-Renowned Designer to Headline the 2007 Concrete Countertop Industry Conference

Fu-Tung Cheng Selected as Keynote Speaker

The 2007 Concrete Countertop Industry Conference, to be held October 25 – 27, 2007 in Charlotte, NC, will feature Fu-Tung Cheng as keynote speaker and design seminar presenter.

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Newest Training Program From Cheng Concrete

Fu-Tung Cheng and Cheng Concrete Exchange Go Vertical

Back by popular demand, Cheng Concrete Exchange held its one-of-a-kind training, "Design and Construction for Fireplaces, Islands and Architectural Walls," June 18-22, 2007. Throughout the course, fifteen students - professionals based nationwide - furthered their education in the design and fabrication of exterior and interior formed walls, fireplace surrounds, interior water features, and kitchen islands.

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Cheng Design Wins International Interior Design Award

Cheng Design Wins IIDA Honor Award

Cheng Design, led by award-winning and internationally recognized designer Fu-Tung Cheng, has been named one of twelve Honor Award winners by the Northern California Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA-NC) for the commercial interior design of Teance tea bar.

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Cheng Launches Complete Line of Concrete Countertop Products

Casting a New Generation of Concrete Countertop Products

Fu-Tung Cheng, award-winning residential designer and bestselling author of Concrete Countertops: Design, Forms, and Finishes for the New Kitchen and Bath has just announced his newest build-your-own concrete countertop product line: CHENG Concrete Countertop Products.

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Cheng Concrete Raises Bar and Awareness of Concrete Countertops

World of Concrete 2007 Breaks Records

At the record-breaking World of Concrete 2007 (WOC) where 90,000 people gathered in Las Vegas, NV, Cheng Concrete Exchange's booth exhibit of sculptural concrete countertops was again a show favorite, drawing a non-stop stream of an estimated 7,500 visitors to the booth throughout the four-day event. In the 33-year history of the international tradeshow, this year's WOC was the largest yet with 1,700 exhibitors occupying over 900,000 net square feet, a healthy boost over the previous year's event.

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2006 Articles

Interview with Fu-Tung

Musings with Fu-Tung Cheng

An interview by Pure Contemporary with Fu-Tung Cheng.

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Personalization of the Countertop

The Personalized Countertop

Bits of CDs are embedded in a countertop at MTV's headquarters in New York City. In a residential bathroom in Indianapolis, a countertop inlaid with plastic brushes and combs is part of a stunning finish. Bathroom visitors at a Silicon Valley home wash their hands on a sink set in a countertop embedded with computer chips.

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Rebirth and Renovation

Rebirth and Renovation

Home renovations allow you to improve upon elements of a house that don't reflect your personal style; it's an opportunity for rebirth of the home. When Jackie Seymour and John Gaffney, owners of a Spanish mission-style, stucco-clad house in Northern California needed to address a leaky roof, what was supposed to have been only the replacement of the roof soon became a major overhaul of the entire house — ultimately resulting in renewed life of their home.

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Fu-Tung is Inducted into the NKBA Hall of Fame

Fu-Tung Cheng Inducted Into NKBA Hall of Fame

The National Kitchen & Bath Association has announced its inductees to one of the industry's most prestigious award programs: the Kitchen and Bath Industry Hall of Fame. The program recognizes kitchen and bath industry professionals for their outstanding service and long-term dedication to the industry.

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Fu-Tung Cheng

K+BB Honors Best in Business

In tribute to the industry leaders and legends over the past 50 years, Kitchen and Bath Business (K+BB) honored Fu-Tung Cheng — alongside such industry notables as Philippe Stark, HGTV, Home Depot, Architectural Digest, and Martha Stewart — as one of the top 50 influences in the kitchen and bath industry.

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Fu-Tung Cheng

Fu-Tung Cheng Partners with Interstar

Cheng Design Products announced the formation of a manufacturing and distribution partnership with Interstar Corporation. Interstar, a manufacturer of pigments, admixtures, fibers and other products for the concrete market, will manufacture and distribute Fu-Tung Cheng's proprietary line of concrete countertop mix products.

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Fu-Tung Cheng

World of Concrete 2006 Breaks Records

At the record-breaking World of Concrete 2006 (WOC) where 80,000 people gathered in Las Vegas, NV, Cheng Concrete Exchange's booth exhibit of sculptural concrete countertops was again a show favorite, drawing a non-stop stream of an estimated 6,000 visitors to the booth throughout the four-day event.

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Fu-Tung Cheng

Concrete Is Winning Plaudits for Its Function and Form

When Upland resident Phil Hurley remodeled his home in 2005 he decided his standard, tile kitchen countertop had to go. Hurley recalled being impressed by the sleek, contemporary look of concrete countertops on display more than a year earlier at an expo.

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Fu-Tung Cheng

The Value of Concrete Countertops

From top-dollar homes in the San Francisco Bay Area to sprawling mountain homes in the Colorado Rockies, discriminating homeowners are demanding custom designs and finishes in their kitchens. In particular, they are looking to express their individuality and distinct design preferences in their kitchens with the fast-growing design material of choice—concrete.

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2005 Articles

Gray Concrete Countertop

Mr. and Mrs. Do-It-Yourselfers

Concrete countertops, recognized first by architects and designers for their aesthetic potential and project versatility, are fast-becoming the answer to homeowners' demands for a relatively inexpensive countertop alternative that doesn't require a high-level of expertise to install. In addition, they offer homeowners an exciting opportunity to literally try their hand at being creative.

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Gray NKBA Logo

NKBA Masterclass Conference 2005: A Complete Success!

The conference, presented by Kitchen + Bath Designer magazine, the National Kitchen & Bath Association, and sponsored by Planit, a leading kitchen and bath design software company, challenged designers to reach new heights in the art of design through a series of inspirational seminars led by world-renowned design masters.

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Red Bedroom Concrete Fireplace Surround

Winter Warmth

Interior decorative concrete is all the rage for countertops, floors and bathtubs, but nowhere does it pack more design punch than in fireplace surrounds and hearths. Fireplaces are inherently the "heart of the home," and a striking concrete surround takes that role to a higher level.

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Gray concrete flooring with a gray concrete pedestal sink

It Can Be Sweet to Put Your Feet on Concrete

Judy and Byron Gabrielsen like the simplicity, the angles and the sleekness that often typify contemporary style. Add in flavors from the tropics and Asia, and their home — from wicker furniture with large floral prints to a silver glass curio cabinet — is a mix of what they call "casual contemporary."

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Red Concrete Countertop

Counter Revolutionary

First, a story that sounds like a fable. When he was 7, Fu-Tung Cheng's mother led him and his four older brothers to a bank along the Los Angeles River. Each boy carried an empty rice sack. Fu-Tung led the way with a flashlight. They filled the sacks with sand. Later, they went to Redondo Beach and gathered pebbles. They returned to their farmhouse in Van Nuys. And their mother mixed a batch of concrete. Poured the family driveway. It was a recipe of rare ambition with pie-crust results.

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Charcoal Concrete Countertop with Steel Drain

Concrete is Not Just for Driveways Anymore - Thanks to Fu-Tung Cheng

Think "concrete," and repaving your driveway is probably at the top of your list of its applications. Not so for Albany designer Fu-Tung Cheng and his firm Cheng Design. They build homes and remodel with concrete. Cheng has also written two books about using the substance and even sells the ingredients needed to do it.

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Meteor Vineyard Kitchen

Hub of the Home Is for Entertaining as well as Cooking

Today's kitchens seem to have everything except beds. "People are spending more time in kitchens," says Paul Ryan, host of "Kitchen Renovations," which airs at 10 p.m. Wednesdays on the DIY Network. "Kitchens years ago used to be white walls and three appliances and a counter." Today's kitchens are a destination rather than a stop on the way to the dining room.

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Concrete Fireplace

Concrete Goes Upscale

Among the fine finishing materials available to builders and remodelers there are some established stars: Corian, tile, and granite each have their boosters. Just eye the neighbors' new kitchen countertops to see which is in vogue.

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Fu-Tung Cheng

Concrete, with Polish, Can Be a Star

Q: Concrete has developed a reputation as a merely utilitarian building material. Why should homeowners give it a second look?

A: Historically, concrete has been used expressively all over the place. If you open your eyes to concrete, you'll start noticing it. You'll see these Art Deco edifices with these neat patterns and carvings. Most people now think they're stone, but they're actually concrete.

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Concrete At Home Book

Concrete Suggestions

Over the past decade, "green building" has become a buzzword. It refers to using sustainable materials and creating healthier and more resource-efficient environments. Concrete fits right in with that movement. Concrete, valued for its strength and durability, is a mixture of cement, water and aggregates. It is low-maintenance and produces minimal waste.

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Fu-Tung Cheng

Fu-Tung Cheng Opens Doors for Creative Inspirations

For the first time ever, on Thursday, August 18th, designer Fu-Tung Cheng rolled back the industrial doors of his concrete fabrication shop and welcomed fellow designers and fabricators for a complete tour and design presentation on his proprietary line of concrete countertops, GeocreteTM. Cheng hosted the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Northern California Chapter meeting at this special, limited space event.

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2005 World of Concrete

Concrete Countertop Frenzy

Cheng Concrete Exchange kicked off the year at the World of Concrete 2005 (WOC) with overwhelming booth attendance and genuine interest in concrete counter tops. Dozens of professionals in the concrete industry gathered at Concrete Exchange’s booth throughout the week for a chance to see and touch the smooth, glass-like surfaces of Fu-Tung Cheng’s sculptural concrete countertops.

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