So Anthony Weiner Is … Selling Countertops Now (And They’re Actually Pretty Good)

Will Weiner tarnish IceStone’s shining reputation? Or will the
Brooklyn Navy Yard company renovate his?

Anthony
Weiner
is now the CEO of a Brooklyn kitchen-countertop company.
Yes, that Anthony Weiner — former New York congressman,
flamed-out mayoral candidate, and registered
s*x offender
who
served 18 months in prison
for sexting a
15-year-old girl
. (Also the source of Her E-mails™ and
therefore perhaps
the proximate reason the world is disintegrating
.) And now
he’s chief of IceStone, a company based in the Brooklyn
Navy Yard
that’s known for sparkly countertops that
incorporate colorful chips of glass. Recycled glass. “Yep it’s
a company that believes in second chances. See where I’m going
with this?” Weiner
wrote
on his LinkedIn. The tabloids, predictably, made a meal
of the news: “Anthony Weiner piecing together shattered life as
CEO of a broken-glass factory,”
the Post
headlined its story.

Stating the obvious: The former Carlos Danger — his nom de
sext — is a horndog creep. But we at Curbed have a separate
question. Are his countertops any good?

IceStone slabs are composites of glass chips, Portland cement,
and nontoxic pigments. (You
can peek inside the factory and see how the countertops are made
here
.) Although Portland cement is one of the
most carbon-intensive materials
on the planet, the rest of
IceStone’s countertop-manufacturing process has significant
environmental cred: it uses recycled water for its steam-powered
kilns, electric forklifts, and natural light on the factory floor.
It currently recycles 90 percent of its refuse, and is aiming for
zero-waste operation. This has all helped the countertops earn a

Silver rating from Cradle to Cradle
, an organization that ranks
green building products.

The company’s labor practices, too, seem better than most:
Much of IceStone’s workforce is made up of Tibetan refugees. The
company also draws employees from the area around the Navy Yard and
has a job-training program for people who are reentering after
incarceration. This has all led to a
B corp
certification, which
designates businesses that are notably good to their workers,
environment, customers, and community. The company has never really
been that successful as a money-making endeavor, which is why owner
Dal Lamanga — previously the founder of Tweezerman — hired
Weiner to run the company, hoping that the former congressman could
revive the business. It’s a move that has the potential to
backfire, given that fed-up consumers boycott brands when they
dislike the political stances and personal practices of who runs
them. Think of
Goya
,
Goodyear
, and
Chick-fil-A
, among others.

How about aesthetics? Depends on your taste for sparkle. But in
the right setting, the product actually looks great — as this

midtown kitchen featured in Design Hunting shows
. It’s a
manly countertop, apparently: One of Weiner’s most public and
testosterone-y moves at the company so far has been an email blast
advertising a prototype for a Mets–themed colorway, and
a recent press release
advertised how good the surfaces could
look in “mancaves.”

Perhaps significantly, IceStone is not indestructible. It can
indeed be
chipped or discolored
. But, if you make a real mess of things,
a professional rehabber can buff those stains right out, making it
look new. And the brand says an improved
version
of the product has made it more durable. Metaphor
much?

Source: FS – All – Architecture 10
So Anthony Weiner Is … Selling Countertops Now (And They’re
Actually Pretty Good)