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Cosentino Group, the family-owned world leader in quartz, natural stone, and recycled surfaces, has teamed up with the prestigious architect Daniel Libeskind for the first time during Milan Design Week. The project entitled Beyond The Wall is installed in the main courtyard of the Statale University as part of the exhibit Hybrid Architecture & Design presented by INTERNI magazine.  The exhibition will open on Monday, April 8th, 2013 with a press conference and will be on display for public viewing through the end of the month.

Daniel Libeskind’s Beyond The Wall is a unique concept created using Silestone® natural quartz surface in its innovative new matte “Suede” finish and color Tao. The result of this collaboration between Cosentino Group and Libeskind Design is a spectacular polycentric spiral.

The installation, based on the infinite possibilities of the spiral, is a unique structure.  It is not a traditional spiral with a single center and axis, but a contemporary spiral, which opens a plurality of directions along many different trajectories; a polycentric spiral, propulsively twisting to a dramatic zenith.

The external material of the wall is Silestone® quartz with Suede finish, whose geometry forms a contemporary fractal pattern related to the Golden Section. The pattern is integral to the wall structure, carrying within itself the structural logic of modulating scale and proportion within an endlessly fascinating surface. A kind of shiver should run up the form—an overlaying of a pattern that would break scale and dissolve the strength of the rising, twisting wall planes. It’s a mathematical mosaic, a mobile net that would run and break without repeating: a wholly modern concept of a tile, a ‘fractile.’ The aim is to find a similarity that never quite repeats, and to do that the surfacing would have to be a-periodic. It fits and locks together in an open-ended logic, as a network develops. The tiling has to be a growth of strange branchings.

This project shows Libeskind’s unique approach to architecture as a language capable of narrating the story of the human soul; a hybrid and wide-ranging force, at once a narrative, a method, an art form, and a way of thinking about the world.

Silestone’s new Suede finish quartz surface employed for the Beyond The Wall project, has been developed by the Cosentino Group R&D department and offers a unique honed look, as well as extraordinary performance with total color consistency and quality.

Silestone natural quartz is naturally non-porous and never needs to be sealed. It is easy to clean and has high scratch, stain, and heat resistance. Silestone is also proven to be a cleaner and safer countertop. It offers a unique combination of built-in antimicrobial protection that safely fights the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew along with the assurance of GREENGUARD certification for clean air quality, and National Sanitation Foundation certification (NSF 51) for safe food preparation.  Silestone Quartz is available in more tan 60 colors and offers a 15-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.  For more information on Silestone, visit

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