British designer Tom Dixon and quartz manufacturer Caesarstone has joined hands to debut four conceptual kitchens inspired by the elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air. Called the ‘The Restaurant by Caesarstone & Tom Dixon’, the kitchens will come to life at the Milan Children’s Museum (MUBA) at the historical Rotonda della Besana during the 2016 Design Festival in Milan.
The kitchen will be set against a 17th century Cloister backdrop encircling a public garden and a deconsecrated church, with the four kitchen themes making a cruciform-shaped complex. Each kitchen will be designed in colors and materials that complement that specific element.
In the Earth kitchen, there’ll be earthy brown tones of selected Caesarstone designs including light mushroom colored Tuscan Dawn and Concetto Albero, made from assembled segments of petrified wood. Here the food will be ancient European vegetable cooking methods where hay was used to enhance the natural flavors.
In the Fire, charred wood and smoke, blackened beams and hints of gold with Caesarstone’s dramatic blacks and dark greys: Vanilla Noir, Raven and Coastal Grey will be used. The food will be smoked, seared and burned, to complete the ‘fiery’ experience.
The Water kitchen will see jagged edges of frozen ice created using a spectrum of Caesarstone grey and white tonalities. Food will be prepared using varying processes like steaming to freezing – basically subjecting it to extreme temperatures.
Lastly, the Air kitchen, inspired by urban architecture will feature thin, vertically-placed Caesarstone slabs and cut-outs that will double as cooking counters. Keeping it light, Caesarstone’s Raw Concrete and Nobel Grey will be featured in this kitchen that will dish out the dessert specials.
Speaking about the new collaboration, Tom Dixon said, “In Milan this year, we wanted to collaborate with Caesarstone to inspire architects and designers through a radical interpretation of how food and surfaces can interact in different ways, delivering a food experience that challenges all the senses in an exercise of materiality, luminosity and texture. Reflecting on the four medieval elements, we have created totally distinctive smells, tastes and visual experiences within each room.”
This is the second such collaboration between the two brands who previously created a kitchen designed to resemble jagged chunks of ice using solid-surface Caesarstone material.