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Brief Published: 25 Feb 2015

Caesarstone: Composite Vases

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Caesarstone x Shira Keret and Itay Laniado

Commissioned by Israel-based quartz manufacturer Caesarstone, Israeli designers Shira Keret and Itay Laniado have created a range of striking vases using the company's latest material – a synthetic composite that mimics the look of natural stone.

Taking inspiration from the way in which the material imitates organic qualities, the vases feature designs based on landscapes, playing with the idea of representing nature. Mountain ranges, valleys and seashores inform the shapes that appear on the faceted, gem-like vessels. The designs are created from water-jet-cut pieces of composite that allow the shapes to fit together precisely. Each vase is named after the location of the land formation that inspires it, for example Arizona or Lapland.

The vases were first shown in the GamVeGam exhibition at Tel Aviv's Design Space Gallery, alongside a range of other pieces by young designers that aim to demonstrate the versatility of this new material.

As identified in the Spring/Summer 2016 Design Direction Renew, synthetic materials that mimic natural finishes are gaining prominence for their ambiguous and intriguing properties. For more on the use of composite materials and textured surface patterns, see Composite: Smart Mixes and Elevating Surface.

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