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SmartSlab Table Combines Tech & Ceramics

Courtesy of Iris Ceramica Group

Iris Ceramica Group has created a new composite material that integrates heating, cooling and sensor technology directly into oversized ceramic panels. The top layer of the SmartSlab panels is made of SapienStone, “a virtually indestructible ceramic material impervious to fire, frost, thermal shock, scratches and microbes.” SapienStone fits a multitude of uses from furniture and interiors to architectural structures.

Designers Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram, in partnership with the Iris Ceramica group, introduced the SmartSlab table using its material during Milan Design Week 2016. The tabletop demonstrates the potential of embedding technology into a thin and durable surface.

To celebrate the launch of the SapienStone SmartSlab table in Milan, critically acclaimed chef Massimo Bottura cooked on the SmartSlab table during an exclusive dinner held in the Sala del Tiepolo of Palazzo Clerici. Circular heating elements kept the guests’ plates at a precise temperature of 42.5° C, as specified by Massimo Bottura.

About the Author

American artist Erin Tallman is a journalist for various online publications and is the Editor in Chief of AgriExpo e-magazine and ArchiExpo e-magazine. She has published three books, including her first novel.

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