Caesarstone x Tom Dixon
Israel-based quartz manufacturer Caesarstone has announced a global design programme with British designer Tom Dixon that will travel across multiple locations in 2016.
Using Caesarstone composite, four semi-professional kitchens will be produced themed around the elements – ice, fire, earth and air. Each kitchen will celebrate local culture and cuisine from four different cities, with one element corresponding with each city's characteristics – for example, ice for Toronto and earth for Milan.
The first show will be in Toronto in January, followed by Milan in April for Milan Design Week, and then other events in North America, Europe and Asia. The interactive installations will create a theatre of food and cooking.
It's another exciting move by Caesarstone, which embraces design collaborations and pushes the boundaries and capabilities of its composite stone. We look forward to seeing this large-scale programme, which considers compelling material adaptations for lifestyle and experimental food.
The collaboration was previewed at Dixon's Multiplex – a pop-up multisensory department store currently based at London's Old Selfridges Hotel – with a food concept developed by Italian food design studio Arabeschi di Latte. Four tables of foods were offered to represent the different elements. Air was symbolised by prawn crackers, meringues and Turkish candyfloss; fire inspired black sugar charcoal and black-crusted goats cheesecake; and water inspired a giant block of ice that was carved away for snow cones.
The partnership follows a broad range of engaging experiential projects with influential design brands including Nendo, Raw Edges and Philippe Malouin. See previous projects in Milan 2015: Materials and Milan 2014: Materials. For more on the use of composite materials, see Composite: Smart Mixes and Controlled Surface.