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Strong Material in a Soft Form: the Dektonhenge Installation

Ceramic artist Xavier Mañosa, also known as Apparatu, chose an experimental approach in the design of his sculptural furniture and product group for Dekton manufacturer Cosentino. The furniture made its début at the Milan Furniture Fair. For this project, Mañosa worked intensively for a year, cooperating with R & D at the Cosentino Group. He found out how Dekton reacts to various temperatures and consistencies. With this unusual approach, he addressed the question of the origin and composition of the ultracompact surface material. With Dektonhenge, he has succeeded not only at experiencing the versatility of Dekton, but to make it perceptible as well by giving the surface a unique face.  First, he experimented with the powdery raw ingredients in order to find new ways of working with the material and discover it for his methods as a ceramist. The results of these experiments, combined with industrially produced plates – created thanks to the latest technology – with the high-gloss surface known as Dekton XGloss represent an elegant symbiosis of traditional and progressive design.

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