Designer    Focus 19 Jan 2018
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Snarkitecture takes Caesarstone on an “impossible voyage” to reinvent the kitchen island

Since 2013, Caesarstone’s Designer Collaboration Programme has pushed the boundaries of experiential design with work from Nendo, Raw Edges, Philippe Malouin, Tom Dixon and Jaime Hayon. Now, they’ve announced they will collaborate with New York-based design practice Snarkitecture, and their efforts will premiere at IDS 2018.

Snarkitecture is a collaborative design practice established to investigate the boundaries between disciplines. The name is drawn from Lewis Carroll’s ‘The Hunting of the Snark,’ a poem describing the “impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature.” In its search for the unknown, Snarkitecture creates work that includes large-scale projects, installations and objects that have to be seen to be believed.

The Caesarstone-Snarkitecture collaboration will focus on an icon of the modern home: the kitchen island. Over the past 40 years, the kitchen has transformed from the private, utilitarian space to the most public space in the home. It has evolved into a place for entertainment, social interaction and performances where users demonstrate their cooking skills, and proudly showcase their high-tech appliances. As water is one of the most important ingredients in the kitchen, used for a wide variety of cooking techniques and culinary creations, Snarkitecture investigates the ‘changing states’ of water in the context of the kitchen island, drawing inspiration from the natural topography where water exists.

Over the past five years, each designer collaboration has offered a unique, subjective take on Caesarstone’s quartz material. This year’s collaboration will see a reinterpretation of Caesarstone’s quartz, one that draws from Snarkitecture’s signature blend of architecture and art.

The first instalment of the collaboration will be previewed today at Caesarstone’s exhibiting space at the Interior Design Show in Toronto. Alex Mustonen from Snarkitecture will also be giving a talk tomorrow at 3:30pm on the main stage, presented by Caesarstone.

Snarkitecture | snarkitecture.com