Milan Design Week 2019—Global leader in the field of innovative surfaces, Cosentino presented Raytrace by designer Benjamin Hubert. Hubert designed the installation Raytrace using Consentino’s Dekton® Slim, their newest material introduced this year with a thickness of only 4mm.
Visitors could “swim” through the lit triangular passageway—25 meters long, 6 meters high—made of Dekton Slim. The 29 glass spheres and 87 LED lights by UK’s art lighting specialist company TM Lighting reflected a pattern like waves and the movement of water.
Hubert wanted to introduce the feeling of being underwater with the active light pattern, a nod to the Dekton® manufacturing process by putting water back onto this zero water absorption material. The material’s zero porosity, a consequence of the sinterization and ultra-compaction process exclusive to Dekton, makes it resistant to high or low temperatures, abrasion, scratches, stains, to name but a few advantages.
Visitors were encouraged to interact with the installation and touch the Dekton material in order to have a firsthand experience with it. The designer installed a mirror on either end of the passageway to give the impression of infinite space. Raytrace was on display in the vaulted space underneath the central train station in Milan.
Dekton® is an ultracompact surface made up of a combination of the same raw materials used for glass, porcelain and quartz surfaces. Dekton® Slim is a thinner and lighter format of Dekton, making it one of the most innovative and lightweight surfaces on the market. The triangular element of Raytrace is made of 380m² of Dekton® Slim in the color Zenith. The floor of the installation is composed 365m² of Dekton® (20mm) in the color Spectra from their Basiq Xgloss Collection. Surrounding the triangular tunnel are twenty stools made of Dekton® where visitors could sit and enjoy the installation and the mesmerizing caustic patterns.
Read more about the installation on Wallpaper* and how Dekton has been used for architecture projects such as on the exterior of Ron Arad’s new Totzeret Haaretz in Tel Aviv.