Raytrace: A Project by Benjamin Hubert for Dekton
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February 20, 2019
Cosentino Presents: Raytrace by Benjamin Hubert of LAYER for Dekton.
A large-scale, architectural installation for Milan Design Week 2019.
9 – 14 April 2019, 11:00 – 19:00
Press Preview: 8 April 2019, 15:00 – 17:00
Address: Ventura Centrale
Via Ferrante Aporti 27, 20125 Milan, Italy
Cosentino is pleased to announce further details on its collaboration with designer Benjamin Hubert of LAYER for Milan Design Week 2019. Entitled Raytrace, the immersive, architectural installation will showcase Dekton, the ultra-compact, large format surface by Cosentino. It will explore the product’s design, innovation, strength, durability and beauty. Further information about the collaboration was revealed at a press conference held at Cosentino City Madrid, which is the company’s flagship Spanish showroom, during Madrid Design Festival on 15 February 2019.
A 25-metre long and 6-metre high triangular passage will be created using Dekton ultra-compact surfaces. This will seem to balance on a single edge within a dark, atmospheric space. Upon entering, a mesmerising pattern will slowly dance across the surface. Giving the impression of being underwater, this will evoke the idea of dappled light through water. As visitors walk through, they will become an key part of the installation, due to their shadows being cast against the structure’s surface. Two mirrors at either end of the vault will reflect the installation. This will create the illusion of an infinite space and offer glimpses of the patterns playing out on the interior.
Hubert’s design showcases the qualities of Dekton as an indoor/outdoor architectural product. It is also a nod to the natural minerals used to produce the material. Taking inspiration from the Dekton manufacturing process, Hubert creates a dramatic, interactive experience. This reflects the the harmony between nature, light and architecture. The lighting for Raytrace will be produced by TM Lighting, the UK’s leading art lighting specialists.
“We want to delight. We want to make people smile. We want people to come in and be surprised at the size, gravitas and material qualities of Dekton.” says Benjamin Hubert, founder of LAYER.
Santiago Alfonso, vice president of marketing and communication for the Cosentino Group, says, “This installation demonstrates the limitless versatility of Dekton. We hope to inspire architects and designers with the beauty and technological qualities of the material.”
Raytrace will be 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 will house installations by internationally renowned brands and designers, making it a must-see destination during Milan Design Week 2019.
Watch the below video to discover more about the collaboration.
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