Production lead time is 6-8 weeks and begins once the 50% deposit, signed proposal packet, shop drawing and signed mock up (if applicable) are received.
A ¼” thick MDF mock up will be produced and shipped to the client and/or the installer to verify and approve all the dimensions, cut outs, and other details. If unsure about the dimensions, the first mock up sent will be free of charge. If a second mock up is needed, there will be a […]
Francois & Co. must have the physical sink and/or template before production begins. This includes integrated, under mount, farm, or drop-in sinks.
All orders sold with installation will require a site visit by a Francois & Co. technician. This visit provides the opportunity to create a template and confirm site conditions.
The process is hand casted and hand polished, please allow for +/- 1/8” variance. All De Corbusier products are entirely handmade; slight variations in texture and color are to be expected. Standard samples are representative of the finished product. The manufacturing team will get as close to the provided sample as possible.
All counter tops are standard 1 ½” thick with a minimum thickness of 1 1/8”, made with marine grade substrate backing. *Height may vary depending on the specifics of the order.*
The finishes available are polished and antique.
De Corbusier is made from culinary-grade metal that is completely lead-free.
Avoid placing any extremely hot cookware or elements directly on the pewter surface; as blistering, discoloration and possible melting can occur. A trivet of appropriate size should be used in every instance.
Pewter is a natural anti-bacterial metal alloy that is easy to clean. No chemicals are required and only mild soap and water should be used. Pewter is a non-porous material, no sealing needed.
While citrus will not damage the material, it can strip the natural patina that has been allowed to form over time. However, the patina will return naturally over time.
The De Corbusier product line has a living surface; meaning from when the countertop leaves the Francois & Co. workshop, it will begin to patina and develop a unique character based on the amount and type of use. Francois & Co. does not use any sealants or protective coating on the surfaces in the spirit […]
All Francois & Co. pewter, brass and copper countertops are 1 1/8” thick on a wood substrate backing. There is a typical dimensional tolerance of +/- 1/8”.
Mild soap and water is all that is needed for cleaning. Windex and other typical cleaning solutions should not be used. These are typically not needed, since the pewter is naturally an anti-bacterial material and harmful substances can simply be wiped away.
All Francois & Co. metals used for the De Corbusier line will react when standing liquid is left on the surface for an extended period of time. It is recommended that liquids should not be left but cleaned up as soon as possible. Each metal will react differently; zinc being the most sensitive. Acids and […]
Once the patina sets, you should not see fingerprints. Gloves should be worn during installation.
Francois & Co. metals are highly impressionable and will scratch. We recommend that you use a cutting board to preserve your knives and the countertop surface. While minor scratches and dings will occur over time; this will add to the character of your top. Minor scratches and mineral streaking can be brushed with a 0000 […]
No electrical sanding equipment is needed or recommended. Please use the Francois & Co. supplied polishing kit.
Francois & Co.’s pewter surfaces are made from culinary-grade pewter that is completely lead-free.
Pewter is a composition of mostly tin, with a small percentage of copper and antimony added for strength.