Milan 2017 – Leading quartz manufacturer Caesarstone presents Stone Age Folk, an in-wonderland exhibition by Jaime Hayon that fills the historical halls of neoclassical Palazzo Serbelloni. The show features playful furniture and a kaleidoscopic pavilion inspired by fauna and folklore from different cultures, ranging from Hungarian myths to African tribal influences.
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Jaime Hayon worked on Caesarstone’s materials and technologies to experiment with colours and shapes. The result is a pavilion combining glass and 40 different nuances of meticulously handcrafted quartz that have then been implanted into a metal frame to compose fantasy patterns.
Tribal masks and Hayon’s signature clowns faces are featured on large-scale wall panels and presented alongside playful carousels, handcrafted furniture pieces and light fixtures made of Caesarstone materials.
“In the past year I have been thinking about what is doable with technology. Caesarstone products allow you to create designs that you can’t do with other materials like marble. And that opens new possibilities.” Said Jaime Hayon at the opening of the exhibition.
Visitors are welcomed by a large wall sculpture inspired by an African mask and made of Caesarstone geometrical parts. A second room hosts dining and small coffee tables inspired by penguins as well as a cabinet shaped like a clown’s face. “Together, all the pieces enable the visitor to playfully interact with the material in a fresh, unexpected way“.
Stone Age Folk last room – Palazzo Serbelloni former ballroom – showcases the Hayon’s main pavilion. The project was references the famous Crystal Palace built in Hyde Park, London, for the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Since its launch in 2013, Caesarstone’s Designer Collaboration Programme has pushed the frontiers of experiential design with works from nendo studio, Raw Edges, Philippe Malouin and Tom Dixon. “The Stone Age Folk with Jaime Hayon marks our 30th anniversary and a continued commitment to high quality surfaces and design innovation.” say at Caesarstone to Archipanic.
All photos by Tom Mannion, drawings by Jaime Hayon – Courtesy of Caesarstone.