“House of Dekton®” A Cosentino Project by Steffen Kehrle
January 20, 2015
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The Cosentino Group is presenting this year 2015 the ‘House of Dekton’ project by designer Steffen Kehrle at the following European shows:
- BAU – Munich: 19-24 January, Hall A4, Booth 301
- SFF – Stockholm: 3-7 February, Hall A42:16
- Made Expo – Milan: 18-21 March
- Construmat – Barcelona: 18-22 May
Cosentino Group, world leader in the production of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, launched last year Dekton®; a surface material whose dimensions are huge, and not only with respect to slab sizes. “The material’s many outstanding qualities offer both architects and interior designers totally new options, and it is these options we want to showcase with the ‘House of Dekton’”, says designer Steffen Kehrle. Featuring outstanding aesthetics, the House of Dekton combines the many different possible applications of Dekton. The 14-sided house is made entirely of Dekton: floors, walls, roof, seating and a corresponding 14-sided table as the central element are all made from Dekton.
Flexibility is not only demonstrated in the material itself but also in the central table that is used as a counter, a meeting point or a ‘playground’: Dekton kits containing screwdrivers, lighters and aggressive cleaning agents are supplied so that visitors can test the surface’s outstanding resilience for themselves. The material’s properties are also communicated via icons engraved in the wall and floor panels, removing the need for additional information boards.
The walls are made from large-format Dekton slabs (1.44 x 3.20m), arranged next to each other as in a house of cards. The entire Dekton house is in the ‘Danae’ colour finish, an elegant cream shade, reminiscent of travertine limestone. Only the central table with its 15 different shades mirrors the entire colour palette in which Dekton is currently available. The space has an almost sculptural feel and, besides serving as a source of information, it is also a meeting place featuring a continuous circular bench along the interior wall that invites visitors to sit down and stay for a while. A dimmable dome light in the ceiling contributes to creating a calm and relaxing atmosphere. A ‘sky’ of ceiling lights with a diameter of 1.5m illuminates the house in such a clever way that almost no shadows are created.
With the ‘House of Dekton’, Steffen Kehrle has created a place where visitors, architects, designers and clients can meet and experience Dekton. The project provides a powerful direct experience of the multiple options provided by this product.“With Dekton, Cosentino has launched a very exciting high-performance material, a true all-rounder. There are no limits to your imagination, everything can be created in one single integrated design: for architects and designers, this is pure heaven”, says Steffen Kehrle.
When designing the House of Dekton, Steffen Kehrle opted for a round shape that is reminiscent of many examples from history: the Pantheon and Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House, but also of early dwellings like the tepee or even of a circus tent and, last but not least: of a house of cards.
Cosentino’s Andalusian home is also referenced in the house: the Dekton slabs to the left and right hand side of the entrance are decorated with an engraved pattern based on the House of Dekton floor plan and reminiscent of traditional Moorish tile patterns from the south of Spain. This kind of treatment is just one example of the many ways in which Dekton can be personalised. Additionally, the specially developed production technology allows the creation of customised colours, textures, patterns or finishes.