Architectural surfaces brand Cosentino has unveiled its capsule collection of furniture and home accessories in collaboration with local creatives. The brand enlisted Lebanese designers Nada Debs and Fadi Sarieddine, Dubai-based architect Mustafa Khamash, Emirati designer Aljoud Lootah, and Dana Al Matrook and Newsha Dastaviz from Dubai-based furniture design studio The Line Concept to create five individual works of art in their signature design styles. Unified under the theme Breaking Boundaries, the collection uses Cosentino’s four-millimeter compact surfacing and moisture and stain resistant material Dekton Slim, as a functional and decorative feature.
The eclectic collection comprises a rocking chair, a console, a coffee table, a range of low side tables and a series of vases, created within four months by the collaborators. The Carapace Console, created by Debs, has a playful geometric composition of both natural and industrial elements that fit together through the craft of marquetry using the house’s signature carapace pattern.
Rocco, designed by Khamash, looks to the origin of commodities, drawing references from known rocking chairs in the design world. Rocco is a playful creation executed in the raw quality of Dekton Slim, without any additions, finishes or embellishments. It represents Khamash’s view on how we treat materials either for dressing ourselves, dressing our domestic context and the abstraction of art.
Drawing inspiration from large traditional metal pots used for cooking over open fires, Talyd, designed by Lootah, is a collection of vases that pay homage to the UAE’s culinary culture and the everyday tools and artifacts used in historical Emirati livelihoods. Meaning legacy in Arabic, Talyd is a modern, functional and minimalist interpretation of the original creations.
Paper Coffee Table, designed by Sarieddine, is a creation that exposes Dekton Slim’s fine 4mm edge, appearing to hover as a table top, an engineering feat achieved through a system of bulky solid walnut legs held in place with gunmetal tension rods. Paper Coffee Table derives its elegance from this contrast as well as the geometry generated from the structural factors of tension and compression, complemented by its material combinations.
Soft and organic lines challenge the perception of stone as a hard, cold and sharp material in Tektonia Tables, created by The Line Concept as a tribute to the true origins of the earth. The design integrates organic flowing shapes, symbolizing nature and Earth’s patterns. Parts of the tables are sliced off to expose layers that resemble earth’s strata and movement of tectonic plates, while the discreet exposed stone edges in profile highlight the thinness of Dekton Slim. The series includes a large and two small feature tables which can be displayed as either closed or separated to expose the layers of stone within.
Miriam Llano, marketing manager of Cosentino Middle East, said, “We are pleased to unveil the first ever Dekton Slim capsule collection worldwide. This project, which we kickstarted in March 2021, is a true labor of love. The unique creations, proudly made in the UAE, are an ode to the spirit of collaboration, sustainability and breaking boundaries in every sense – material, design, process and production.”
Dubai-based interior fit-out contractor Cherwell played an integral role as the production partner on this project. Talking about how their production design team surmounted challenges, CEO Tom Brooks said, “Four millimeter material obviously has its advantages but it needs be to handled differently. Using our advanced 3D software and a five-axis waterjet we were able to tackle some of the more intricate elements of the designers’ work, in some instances working with very small and complex shapes cut multi-directionally. This was the designers pushing us to the limit! But that we were able to create these challenging bespoke designs is a testament to the material. It has given us the confidence that there is nothing we cannot achieve through collective effort.”