Designer    Feature 01 Mar 2016
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British Designer Tom Dixon collaborates with Caeserstone to launch four new concept kitchens

The first of four new kitchen concept designs from Caesarstone by British designer Tom Dixon is revealed

Caesarstone has revealed ICE, the first installation for the global launch of Caesarstone’s year-long collaboration with Tom Dixon. Unveiled at the Interior Design Show in Toronto, this is the first of the four kitchens inspired by the four elements (water, earth, air and fire) which will be presented in Milan.

ICE was inspired by Canada’s frozen lakes and the formidable icebreakers that clear the way for freighters during the winter. Powering their way through the ice, they leave behind a frozen mix of jagged pieces in a spectacular array of whites and greys.

Created using Caesarstone, a series of large monolithic triangular prisms in different sizes and heights form the base of the ice kitchen, creating food prep area, serving stations, surfaces and stools.
For each installation, Tom Dixon will be using a secondary material that will form part of the element’s narrative and allow him to present Caesarstone in extraordinary and new ways. For Toronto, Dixon chose an aluminium extrusion system developed for flat pack housing, delivering a cold industrial aesthetic, whilst acting as the structural support and lighting rig for the installation, where Dixon’s Melt Lights complement the ice theme.

“In our Toronto show, we proposed a food preparation and consumption space, which draws on the analogy of the kitchen as an alchemist’s laboratory where raw materials are transformed into treasure through the elemental process of freezing, melting, shaving and cooking with ice,” explained Dixon.

“Where the contemporary kitchen seeks to hide the activities behind a series of minimal blocks, here we exposed the chopping, the steaming, the freezing, the scouring and the disposal of waste in all its active glory.”

Eli Feiglin, VP of Marketing at surface manufacturer Caesarstone, added: “Each year we explore a new design concept that displays different elements of Caesarstone; be it new colours and textures, or inherent surface characteristics – such as strength and durability. This year, we are pushing the limits of experimentation with the material, collaborating with design innovator Tom Dixon.

“His work is extremely inventive, fresh and thought-provoking and we feel it brings a fascinating new angle to the creativity typical of Caesarstone’s kitchens.”

The collaboration is the latest in a series undertaken by the surfaces brand, having previously worked with Nendo, Raw-Edges and Philippe Malouin.

Caesarstone / caesarstone.com

Tom Dixon / tomdixon.net/uk

Photography: Vicky Lam

Published in Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine