Cosentino presents the unveiling of Raytrace in Milan
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April 9, 2019
Today in Milan we unveiled Raytrace, the immersive installation in collaboration with designer Benjamin Hubert of LAYER at Milan Design Week 2019. The spectacular architectural installation showcases our innovative Dekton product and how it comes to life with light.
Raytrace is a dramatic, interactive experience showcasing the harmony between nature, light and architecture. Set within the dark, atmospheric tunnels of Ventura Centrale in Milan, Italy, Raytrace is an 82-feet long and 20-feet high triangular passage made of Dekton ultra-compact surfaces. These surfaces, seemingly balanced on a single edge, create a huge passageway in which visitors can walk under and become an integral part of the installation.
Benjamin Hubert took inspiration from the Dekton creation process when designing Raytrace by putting the element of water back onto the material with caustics, the refraction of light through water.
Upon entering the installation, a mesmerising caustic pattern slowly dances across the surface, evoking the serene feeling of being underwater. This caustic pattern is driven by 29 glass spheres and 87 LED lights. Two mirrors at both ends of the vault reflect the installation, creating the illusion of infinite space and offering glimpses of the caustic patterns playing out on the interior.
“Raytrace brings together the size and gravitas of Dekton, brought to life with a poetic idea of bringing water back to this material with light, shape and architecture for a surprising experience for the visitor,” says Benjamin Hubert, founder of LAYER. “The most important thing about Raytrace is how it makes people feel. We encourage people to touch it, to interact and really experience the properties of Dekton.”
Raytrace uses Dekton Slim, the newest material introduced this year with a thickness of only 4mm, making it one of the most innovative and lightweight surfaces on the market, creating new possibilities for architectural applications.
The triangular element of Raytrace is made of over 4,000 sq. ft. of Dekton Slim in the colour Zenith, a solid off-white colour with a matte finish.
The floor of the installation is composed of 4,000 sq. ft. of Dekton (20mm) in the colour Spectra, a black gloss finish from Dekton’s Basiq Xgloss Collection.
Surrounding the triangular tunnel are twenty stools made of Dekton, encouraging visitors to sit and enjoy the installation and the mesmerising caustic patterns.
“The intention of Raytrace is to inspire architects and designers to think about the future of architecture, and use our material in new ways,” says Santiago Alfonso, Vice President of Marketing and Communication at Cosentino Group.
Raytrace is exhibited in the historical vaulted warehouses beneath Milan’s Central Train Station as part of the third edition of Ventura Centrale. The iconic backdrop of these arched spaces houses installations by internationally renowned brands and designers, making it a must-see destination during Milan Design Week 2019.
Dekton used in Raytrace:
Total Dekton used – over 8,000 sq. ft.
- Triangular Element – over 4,000 sq. ft. of Dekton Zenith (Solid Collection), matte finish, Dekton Slim (4mm)
- Floor Application – 4,000 sq. ft. of Dekton Spectra (Basiq Xgloss Collection), XGloss finish, Dekton (20mm)
- Stools – 20 stools, made of Dekton Spectra (4mm) and Dekton Zenith (8mm)
About Benjamin Hubert
Benjamin Hubert is an award-winning British design entrepreneur, and founder of creative agency, LAYER. LAYER is focused on experience-driven design for both the physical and digital worlds. Led by Benjamin and a growing creative team, LAYER is partnering with forward-thinking brands – including Nike, Google, Bang and Olufsen, Samsung, Braun, Fritz Hansen and Vitra – to create products that will help define the way we live, work and communicate in the future, from A.I to smart wearables and furniture systems, to the next generation of media devices and mobile communication tools. www.layerdesign.com
About TM Lighting
The lighting for Raytrace is produced by TM Lighting, UK’s leading art lighting specialists that provide exceptional LED products. TM Lighting was founded in 2012 by Directors Andrew Molyneux and Harry Triggs, bringing 20 years’ combined experience in lighting and product design. The company specializes in the design and manufacture of exceptional LED products that transform works of art within private residences, stately homes, galleries and museums, with commissions for high-end retail spaces. www.tmlighting.com
Photo credits: David Zanardi