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Who We Are

OUR PASSION FOR EXOTIC STONE AND SURFACES RUNS DEEP

The design of your next stone or tile project is already well underway. It’s a process that began millions of years ago, miles beneath the surface of the earth. We take over where nature leaves off, importing the finest natural stone and porcelain tile from around the globe and continuing its millennia-long process of formation. Like the origins of the products we offer, our passion for architecture and design runs deep.

What We Offer

Our Products

Contemporary, rustic, elegant, or whimsical—whatever your artistic vision may be, we have the medium to bring it to life. We carry only the finest natural stone and tile lines, each with a character all its own. All Products

THE GRIT OF A SLAB YARD,
THE FINERIES OF A SHOWROOM

Unique Setting

In addition to a sprawling slab yard stocked with the finest natural stone, we offer a unique retail setting in which to consult with our specialists about your design and architecture needs.

Unrivaled Inventory

Drawing on over 40 years of relationships with quarries around the world, we import exotic and specialty natural stone from the hills of Brazil, Turkey, Italy, France, and more.

An Expert Team

The Formation team prides itself on being experts in our trade. Our highly skilled staff knows everything about natural stone and surfaces, and is eager to assist with your design.

A History of Service

We’ve been serving Southern California for over four decades. Our loyal clientele is like family—a family we hope you’ll join! If we don’t have the product you need, we will find it.

What We Offer

DISCOVERING DESIGN IN
EVERY CORNER OF THE GLOBE

Formation offers over 1,000 different natural stone and tile products from locations around the world.

THE STORY BEHIND THE STONE

  • Granite

    An igneous rock of volcanic origin, granite is one of the hardest natural stones. During its formation, mineral gases and liquids create crystalline formations, giving it a stunning array of colors.
  • Marble

    Marble is a metamorphic rock found in mountains around the word. It comprises recrystallized minerals and swirls of hidden impurities. These beautiful natural variances give marble its signature warmth and sophistication.
  • Travertine

    Travertine is a porous calcareous rock that forms when natural mineral water percolates through limestone and recrystallizes. Its earthy texture and warm hues give it a distressed but modern look.
  • Limestone

    Formed from the bonding of mineral fragments and organic materials in the earth’s bedrock, Limestone mainly comprises calcium carbonate, which gives it its signature array of natural colors and streaking.
  • Quartzite

    Quartzite is a metamorphic rock formed from sandstone. The extreme heat and pressurization in its formation leads to the recrystallization of minerals, making extremely strong and flecked with natural patterning.
  • Quartz

    Manufactured from one of the hardest crystalline minerals, quartz is renowned for its durability and color. Formation is proud to be the only stocking distributor of Caeserstone® quartz in the Coachella Valley.
  • Porcelain

    Fired at higher temperatures than ceramic tile, porcelain tile comprises up to fifty percent feldspar, making it denser and less porous than other tile. It is stronger than granite and resists staining.
  • Vetrazzo®

    Vetrazzo® is a unique product comprising concrete and recycled glass. From architectural and art glass to beer bottles and jars, each mix is a work of art, with a story told in every surface.
  • Specialty & Mosaic

    In addition to our line of traditional stone and tile, we offer a wide range of specialty and mosaic products, whose exotic one-of-a-kind beauty you won’t find anywhere else.

Who We Serve

WE MEET THE UNIQUE NEEDS
OF UNIQUE CUSTOMERS

Designer & Architects

Looking to impress your client with a jaw-dropping material? Our selection of exotic natural stone and tile never disappoints.

Homeowners

Having trouble finding a stunning natural stone or surface that’s still in your price range? Let our experts show you how.

Home Builder & Contractors

Staying on budget and on time is easy with access to the best selection of natural stone and tile in the region.

HEAR WHAT OUR LOYAL
CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY

  • "I have used Formation when remodeling several of my own homes and they always help me find just what I am looking for. The people are friendly and have a lot of knowledge of all the different products they offer."

    Elizabeth Benton – Homeowner, The Vintage Country Club

  • "Formation makes sure the material for my project shows up on time and they stay within my budget. My clients love how clean and organized their slab yard is. They have a great selection of everything you need to complete your project."

    Jerry Santucci, Santucci Builders

  • "As an interior designer in the Coachella Valley, I love having everything I need for my projects all in one place. Formation has by far the best selection of unique and exotic slabs that you just can’t find anywhere else."

    Kim Bradley, Kim Bradley Design Group

Contact Us

READY TO START YOUR NEXT PROJECT?
CONTACT US TODAY

PALM DESERT SHOWROOM
74-824 42nd Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 773-1001

SAN LEANDRO SHOWROOM
1991 Fairway Drive
San Leandro, CA 94577
(510) 351-3000
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