Caesarstone, a leading manufacturer of premium quartz surfaces, has revealed the first instalment of its year-long collaboration with designer Tom Dixon. ICE, an ice-inspired kitchen installation by Dixon, was unveiled at the Interior Design Show in Toronto, where Caesarstone has previously presented work by Nendo, RawEdges and Philippe Malouin.
ICE was inspired by Canada’s impressive frozen lakes and the formidable icebreakers that clear the way for freighters during the winter. Powering their way through the ice, they leave behind a frozen mix of jagged pieces in a spectacular array of whites and greys.
A series of large monolithic triangular prisms in different sizes and heights form the base of the ice kitchen creating food prep area, serving stations, surfaces and stools.
The Toronto ice kitchen is the first of four semi-professional kitchens inspired by the elements of Ice, Fire, Earth and Air. The concept celebrates local heroic foods from four chosen cities spanning multiple locations including Milan for Milan Design Week, North America and Asia.
The four kitchens will create theatres of food and cooking that demonstrate the hardwearing qualities, durability and beauty of Caesarstone. For each installation, Tom Dixon uses a secondary material that forms part of the element’s narrative, which allows him to present Caesarstone in extraordinary and new ways.
For Toronto, Dixon has chosen an aluminium extrusion system developed for flat pack housing, delivering a cold industrial aesthetic, whilst acting as the structural support and lighting rig for the installation, where Dixon’s Melt Lights complement the ice theme.
“In our Toronto show we propose a food preparation and consumption space, which draws on the analogy of the kitchen as an alchemist’s laboratory where raw materials are transformed into treasure through the elemental process of freezing, melting, shaving and cooking with ice. Where the contemporary kitchen seeks to hide the activities behind a series of minimal blocks, here we expose the chopping, the steaming, the freezing, the scouring and the disposal of waste in all its active glory,” says Tom Dixon.
Eli Feiglin, VP of marketing at Caesarstone international adds, “Each year we explore a new design concept that displays different elements of Caesarstone; be it new colours and textures, or inherent surface characteristics – such as strength and durability. This year we are pushing the limits of experimentation with the material, collaborating with design innovator Tom Dixon. His work is extremely inventive, fresh and thought-provoking; and we feel it brings a fascinating new angle to the creativity typical of Caesarstone’s kitchens.”