MILAN — For Milan Design Week, Spanish design studio Apparatu, led by Xavier Mañosa, presented an installation in which an entire kitchen and its utensils are all made from Cosentino’s clay-like material Dekton.
Exploring the idea of the kitchen by creating a collection of pieces that gathers cooking and eating through one material. Attracted by the idea of using the same material in every part of the kitchen, he presents a collection of table and kitchenware, furniture pieces and even a kitchen itself. The ovens, the kitchen top, the structure and the handles are created with handcrafted Dekton.
Working with and forming Dekton from its liquid to solid state is similar in process to forming clay volumes, though it has some very unique qualities.
Dekton is made from a mixture of the raw materials used to manufacture glass, porcelain materials and quartz surfaces. It has a high resistance to UV rays, scratches, stains and heat.
Costentino tells Dezeen, Mañosa’s work explores the different applications of Dekton — how it behaves under different temperatures and at variable densities.
“After that time, new and varied questions arose about the creative process. How could the industrialised production of the material be combined with Mañosa’s artisanal way of working? How could it be enhanced with a three-dimensional quality? How could Dekton be designed to achieve different contrasts, textures or ranges of colour?”
The experiment yielded a collection of table and kitchenware, furniture pieces and even a kitchen itself – all made from glossy or matte deep grey-colored Dekton.
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