Milan 2018 – Quartz manufacturer Caesarstone teamed up with New York-based collaborative practice Snarkitecture to create Altered States, a conceptual kitchen island and an installation on show at the faded grandeur of Palazzo dell’Ufficio Elettorale di Porta Romana which is open to the public for the first time during Fuorisalone. [Corso di Porta Romana 10, MM3 Porta Romana – Until April 21, 10am-7pm]
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“Our starting point was the Kitchen Island, which has transformed from a functional cooking area into a social hub of the modern home, a space for entertainment, social interaction and performance.” says Eli Feiglin, VP of Marketing at Caesarstone.
Snarkitecture looked at water as the most important ingredient in the kitchen, drawing inspiration from its changing states in nature (glacier, river, geyser) and in the kitchen (ice, water, steam) to create Altered States.
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At the centre of the space, a large circular kitchen island, made of Caesarstone White Attica, explores the changing states of water – ice, liquid and steam – at different stations. Caesarstone surfaces are used in layers, referencing natural topography as a metaphor for nature.
Surrounding the main arena is an amphitheatre made up of over 250 Caesarstone and metal mesh pedestals using three different Caesarstone colours from their new industrial collection, to create a white to grey, monochromatic gradient, rising to emulate the appearance of a natural landscape.
“Our aim is to use ice, water and steam to create a mesmerizing collective experience around a kitchen island that has been designed around these simple elements.” Comment at Snarkitecture. “We took Caesarstone surfaces and turned them into something voluminous and engaging, further highlighting the strength and flexibility of the material.”
Photos by David Zanardi and Alex Lukey – courtesy of Caesarstone.
• The project is supported by Liran Wizman, owner and founder of Europe Hotels Private Collection, owner of the Palazzo dell’Ufficio Elettorale di Porta Romana.