Of the many exciting events going on at Multiplex last week, a crafty breakfast by Italian food design firm Arabeschi di Latte to celebrate the collaboration between stone stalwarts Caesarstone and Tom Dixon for their 2016 designer program, was one of the most intriguing.
Last year tested the boundaries of the quartz company’s wares, with Philippe Malouin’s series of planters and playful swings at the 'Movements' installation in the Palazzo Serbelloni. For 2016, Caesarstone are continuing to challenge their materials, with the British designer crafting four kitchen models based on the elements – ice, fire, earth and air – and relating to the cuisine and culture of four different cities.
Starting with Toronto, the models will travel across the world, testing the endurance of the surface material in interactive installations. The 'Ice' kitchen will be presented at Interior Design Show Toronto; embracing traditions in Canadian ice fishing, the model will be subjected to frosty conditions inside a gallery space.
The treats served at the event were also conceievd around the four fundamental principles – including ‘Air’-inspired candy floss and dragon clouds, and ‘Earth’-inspired herbal plants and caraway bread. The project takes Caesarstone's original remit as a surface company to a dynamic creative level.
'This installation marries our own design essence and creative platforms with Tom Dixon's innovative vision of elements and culture-inspired kitchens,' says Yos Shiran, CEO of Caesarstone. Next up after Toronto is the ‘Earth‘ installation, which will take place at Salone Del Mobile in Milan.