Rotonda della Besana: Caesarstone and Tom Dixon’s elemental collaboration

ARTICLE / 25 JUL 2016 / BY DIMITRIS PANAGIOTIDIS

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The RESTAURANT by Caesarstone & Tom Dixon © Rotonda della Besana.
La Rotonda della Besana. Via Enrico Besana, 12, 20122 Milano, Italy / caesarstoneus.com / tomdixon.net

Known for presenting memorable, interactive installations in Milan, quartz manufacturer Caesarstone is collaborating with celebrated British designer Tom Dixon on a multi-sensory creation. ‘The RESTAURANT by Caesarstone &Tom Dixon’ consists of four conceptual kitchens inspired by the elements –Earth, Fire, Water and Air. These kitchens will take over the Milan Children’s Museum (MUBA) in the historical Rotonda della Besana during the 2016 design festival in Milan. Set within the ideal backdrop of a 17th century Cloister encircling a public garden and a deconsecrated church, each of the four sections of the cruciform-shaped complex will introduce a different range of Caesarstone’s designs. Demonstrating the versatility and beauty of the Caesarstone surfaces, combined with Tom Dixon-designed dining halls and products, each kitchen will feature a variety of colours and materials that complement the mood and atmosphere of each specific element.

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The WATER kitchen © Amandine Alessandra.

The EARTH kitchen, inspired by the ancient Roman aqueducts, incorporates earthy brown tones of selected Caesarstone designs including light mushroom coloured Tuscan Dawn and Concetto Albero, made from assembled segments of petrified wood.The food will be prepared by adoptingan ancient European vegetable cooking method that utilizes hay to enhance the natural flavours of the products. The FIRE kitchen is inspired by charred wood and smoke, using blackened beams and hints of gold in combination with Caesarstone’s dramatic blacks and dark greys: Vanilla Noir, Raven and Coastal Grey. The food -smoked, seared and burned–will complete the conceptual experience.

“In Milan this year, we wanted to collaborate with Caesarstone to inspire architects and designers through a radical interpretation of how food and surfaces can interact in different ways, delivering a food experience that challenges all the senses in an exercise of materiality, luminosity and texture. Reflecting on the four medieval elements, we have created totally distinctive smells, tastes and visual experiences within each room.” says Tom Dixon.

The WATER kitchen reflects the jagged edges of frozen ice and has been interpreted using a spectrum of Caesarstone grey and white tonalities. Varying from steaming to freezing, the kitchen will experiment with the material by subjecting it to extreme temperatures. Inspired by urban architecture, the AIR kitchen is created with thin, vertically-placed Caesarstones labs and cut-outs that serve as cooking counters. Caesarstone’sRaw Concrete and NobleGrey createan urban, light background forthe completion of the culinary experience-the dessert bar.

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The WATER kitchen © Peer Lindgreen.

Caesarstone manufactures high quality engineered quartz surfaces, which are used in both residential and commercial buildings as countertops, vanities, wall cladding, floors and other interior surfaces. The wide variety of colors, styles, designs and textures of Caesarstone® products, along with Caesarstone’s inherent characteristics such as hardness, non-porous, scratch and stain resistance and durability, provide consumers with excellent surfaces for their internal spaces which are highly competitive to granite, manufactured solid surfaces and laminate, as well as to other engineered quartz surfaces. While, Tom Dixon is a British product design brand. With a commitment to innovation and a mission to revive the British furniture industry, the brand is inspired by the nation’s unique heritage and produces extraordinary objects for everyday use.