Cosentino Middle East invited the region’s well-known designers to create a unique capsule collection comprising furniture and accessories with 4mm Dekton Slim
Leading Spanish architectural surfaces company Cosentino has unveiled its much-awaited Capsule Collection of furniture and home accessories created in collaboration with celebrated designers Nada Debs, Mustafa Khamash, Fadi Sarieddine, Aljoud Lootah and the duo Dana Al Matrook and Newsha Dastaviz from The Line Concept. The collection comprises a rocking chair, a console, a coffee table, a range of low side tables and a series of vases.
Presented under the theme “Breaking Boundaries”, the collection brings to fore Dekton Slim, the 4mm ultracompact material format that is underpinned by Cosentino’s commitment to innovation, sustainability and pushing the boundaries of surface design. Using Dekton Slim both as a functional and decorative feature, the collaborators have interpreted the surface material to create five distinct pieces of design-art in their signature styles.
“We are pleased to unveil the first-ever Dekton Slim Capsule Collection worldwide. This project, which we kickstarted in March 2021, is a true labour of love. The unique creations, proudly Made in the UAE, is an ode to the spirit of collaboration, sustainability and breaking boundaries in every sense – material, design, process and production.”Miriam Llano, marketing manager, Cosentino Middle East
Dubai-based interior fit-out contractor Cherwell played a significant role as the production partner on this project. Elaborating on the challenges, the firm’s production design team faced, CEO Tom Brooks said: “The 4mm material has its advantages but it needs to be handled differently. Using our advanced 3D software and a 5-axis waterjet we were able to tackle some of the more intricate elements of the designers’ work. In some instances, we worked with very small and complex shapes cut multi-directionally. This was the designers pushing us to the limit! But that we were able to create these challenging bespoke designs is a testament to the material. It has given us the confidence that there is nothing we cannot achieve through collective effort.”
CARAPACE CONSOLE by Nada Debs for Cosentino
In line with the Nada Debs’ philosophy of creating unexpected material combinations, this console creates a synergy of opposing elements through a playful geometric composition of both natural and industrial elements that fit seamlessly together through the craft of marquetry using the house’s signature Carapace pattern.
ROCCO by Mustafa Khamash for Cosentino
Was the first chair a stone? Rocco, designed by Mustafa Khamash, looks to the origin of commodities, the starting point being that if a stone was the first object from nature claimed to be a seating device, then it is likely that it also marked the beginnings of furniture making, design, craftsmanship, chairs, thrones, hammocks and other objects. This act of appropriating our natural elements and redefining their use towards providing for our needs sowed the seeds of our never-ending cultural development.
Drawing references from known rocking chairs in the design world, Rocco is a playful creation executed in the raw quality of Dekton Slim, without any unnecessary additions, finishes or embellishments. It represents Khamash’s view on how we treat materials either for dressing ourselves, dressing our domestic context and the aesthetic quest for the abstraction of art.
TALYD by Aljoud Lootah for Cosentino
Drawing inspiration from large traditional metal pots used for cooking over open fire, Talyd is a collection of vases that pay homage to the UAE’s rich culinary culture and the everyday tools and objects intertwined with the livelihood of the Emiratis from an era gone by.
Meaning legacy in Arabic, Talyd is a modern interpretation of historical findings. While the shapes and proportions of the vases are influenced by the original artefacts, they are repurposed as functional objects of curiosity using a minimalist design approach.
PAPER COFFEE TABLE by Fadi Sarieddine for Cosentino
Paper Coffee Table is a creation that celebrates the thinness of Dekton Slim.
With its fine 4mm edge exposed, the material appears to hover as a tabletop, an engineering feat achieved through a system of bulky solid walnut legs held in place with gunmetal tension rods. The slimness of the slab is further visually enhanced by the deliberate bulkiness of the legs. Paper Coffee Table derives its elegance from this contrast as well as the geometry generated from the structural factors of tension and compression. The striking material combinations also play a crucial role in complementing the table’s morphology.
TEKTONIA TABLES by The Line Concept for Cosentino
Soft and organic lines challenge the perception of stone as a hard, cold and sharp material in Tektonia Tables, created by The Line Concept as a tribute to the true origins of the earth. The design integrates organic flowing shapes, symbolising nature and Earth’s patterns. Parts of the tables are sliced off to expose layers that resemble the Earth’s strata and movement of the tectonic plates, while the discreet exposed stone edges in profile highlight the particular thinness of Dekton Slim.
The series includes a large and two small feature tables which can be displayed as either closed, or separated to expose the layers of stone within.
The Cosentino Capsule Collection will be officially launched at a public event in September at Cosentino City Dubai, d3, following which it will be showcased at the Expo 2020 Spanish Pavilion and Downtown Design 2021.
Photography: Natelee Cocks (@nateleecocks)
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