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Swimming Through Benjamin Hubert’s Raytrace for Consentino

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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.

Raytrace by Benjamin Hubert of LAYER for Dekton. Image Credit David Zanardi.

Raytrace by Benjamin Hubert of LAYER for Dekton. Image Credit David Zanardi.

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.


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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