Cosentino unveils Raytrace, the immersive installation in collaboration with designer Benjamin Hubert of LAYER at Milan Design Week 2019. The spectacular architectural installation showcases Cosentino’s innovative Dekton® product and how it comes to life with light.
Raytrace is a dramatic, interactive experience showcasing the harmony between nature, light and architecture. Set within the dark, atmospheric tunnels of Ventura Centrale, Raytrace is a 25-meter long and 6-meter high triangular passage made of Dekton® ultracompact surfaces. These surfaces, seemingly balanced on a single edge, create a huge passageway in which visitors can walk under and become an integral part of the installation.
Benjamin Hubert took inspiration from the Dekton® creation process when designing Raytrace by putting the element of water back onto the material with caustics, the refraction of light through water. Upon entering the installation, a mesmerising caustic pattern slowly dances across the surface, evoking the serene feeling of being underwater. The caustic pattern is driven by 29 glass spheres and 87 LED lights. Two mirrors at both ends of the vault reflect the installation, creating the illusion of infinite space and offering glimpses of the caustic patterns playing out on the interior.
“Raytrace brings together the size and gravitas of Dekton®, brought to life with a poetic idea of bringing water back to this material with light, shape and architecture for a surprising experience for the visitor,” says Benjamin Hubert, founder of LAYER. “The most important thing about Raytrace is how it makes people feel. We encourage people to touch it, to interact and really experience the properties of Dekton®.”
Raytrace uses Dekton® Slim, the newest material introduced this year with a thickness of only 4mm. Dekton® Slim combines the durability and technology of Dekton® in a thinner and lighter format, making it one of the most innovative and lightweight surfaces on the market, creating new possibilities for architectural applications. The triangular element of Raytrace is made of 380m² of Dekton® Slim in the colour Zenith, a solid off-white colour with a matte finish. The floor of the installation is composed 365m² of Dekton® (20mm) in the colour Spectra, a black gloss finish from Dekton®’s Basiq Xgloss Collection. Surrounding the triangular tunnel are twenty stools made of Dekton®, encouraging visitors to sit and enjoy the installation and the mesmerising caustic patterns.
“Dekton® is so incredibly versatile, and Raytrace showcases not only the design possibilities, but also the flexural strength and aesthetic beauty of the material. The intention of Raytrace is to inspire architects and designers to think about the future of architecture, and use our material in new ways,” says Santiago Alfonso, Vice President of Marketing and Communication at Cosentino Group.
Raytrace is exhibited in the historical vaulted warehouses beneath Milan’s Central Train Station as part of the third edition of Ventura Centrale. The iconic backdrop of these arched spaces houses installations by internationally renowned brands and designers, making it a must-see destination during Milan Design Week 2019.
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