Thursday, May 05, 2016

Milano: Fuori Salone 2016 – Caesarstone – Tom Dixon – The Restaurant

Photograph courtesy Tom Dixon

Milano: Fuori Salone 2016 – Caesarstone – Tom Dixon – The Restaurant. Taking over the Milan Children’s Museum (MUBA) in the historical de-consecrated church, La Rotonda della Besana, leading quartz manufacturer Caesarstone, in collaboration with British designer Tom Dixon, unveiled The Restaurant, four conceptual kitchens and dining halls inspired by the elements – Earth, Fire, Water and Air.
Designer Tom Dixon - Caesarstone CEO Yos Shiran
Photograph courtesy Tom Dixon

Earth – Kitchen
The Restaurant – Tom Dixon - Caesarstone. The installation provided a unique interpretation of how food and surfaces can interact in an exercise of distinctive tastes, smells and visuals within each kitchen. Reflecting the individual element through color and texture, Caesarstone's surfaces become the ultimate plateau for a creative dining experience that engages all the senses.
The Earth Kitchen was inspired by the ancient Roman aqueducts, incorporates earthy brown tones of selected Caesarstone designs including light mushroom colored Tuscan Dawn and Concetto Albero, made from assembled segments of petrified wood.
Earth – Food 
The Root Box
roots | mushrooms | terracotta | hay | brown sugar
Ingredients pulled from the warm embrace of the ground are prepared to a recipe that makes use of the flavorful surroundings of barns and soil. The recipe is prepared with the traditional cooking method of the hay box, which uses hay to isolate the heat of the cooking process stretching it for hours.

Arabeschi di Latte Francesca Sarti

For this installation, a food concept curated by Italian food design studio Arabeschi di Latte explored the power of nature’s elements in a menu that combines traditional ingredients with modern techniques.  Cooking in the kitchens, the chefs are creating a multi-sensory dining experience where food is prepared and served on Tom Dixon designed Caesarstone surfaces, combining rare, element-inspired cooking techniques with fresh and unique ingredients.

Photograph courtesy Tom Dixon

Fire – Kitchen

The Fire Kitchen was inspired by charred wood and smoke, using blackened beams and hints of gold in combination with Caesarstone's dramatic blacks and dark greys: Vanilla Noir, Raven and Coastal Grey.


Fire – Food

Black Flat
layered dough | spices  | cheese | smoke

Dough and heat go into play around crispy surfaces and layers that are about to merge. Blackness, as the remains of a lapsed fire, entirely en-laces the bread. Cheese balances out with a savory softness.

  Photograph courtesy Tom Dixon

Water – Kitchen

The Water Kitchen reflects the jagged edges of frozen ice and has been interpreted using a spectrum of Caesarstone grey and white tonalities. Varying from steaming to freezing, the kitchen will experiment with the material by subjecting it to extreme temperatures.

  Water – Food

Floating garden (aromatic stock with frozen leaves)
frozen herbs and vegetables | vegetable stock|

A twist on the traditional “stock“. Hot steaming aromatic broth transforms frozen leaves into moving green, tingling the liquid slowly.  An induction zone and chill blaster transform water into all its states.

Photograph courtesy Tom Dixon 

Air – Kitchen

The Air Kitchen, inspired by urban architecture, is created with thin, vertically-placed Caesarstone slabs and cut-outs that serve as cooking counters. Caesarstone’s Raw Concrete and Noble Grey create an urban, light background for the completion of the culinary experience - the dessert bar.


Air Food 

cream | meringue | fruit of the air | egg | aromatic herbs

In a small collection of recipes, air is the very matter of preparation. Egg is the fruit of this environment, its versatile combinations with air and whipped cream arranged with other uplifting counterparts to create a landscape of aromatic clouds and void.

Tom Dixon

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