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- The ‘Beyond The Wall’ installation’ can be visited throughout April in the main courtyard of the Statale University, coinciding with Milan’s International Design Week
- ‘Beyond The Wall’ is the first project designed by international architect and designer, Daniel Libeskind for the Cosentino Group.
- This unique architecture and design project utilises Silestone® quartz surfaces in the new and innovative Suede textured matt finish.
UK, 11 April 2013 – The worldwide leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, Cosentino has collaborated with international architect and designer, Daniel Libeskind for the first time to create a spectacular installation made from Silestone® quartz surfaces. The project entitled ‘Beyond The Wall’ will be installed in the Cortile d’Onore Seicentesco of the Università Statale in the framework of the event “Interni Hybrid/Metissage Architecture & Design” until the 30 April 2013.
Daniel Libeskind’s ‘Beyond The Wall’ is a unique architecture and design project that utilises the new Suede finish for Silestone® quartz surfaces to form a striking polycentric spiral. The installation is based on the infinite possibilities of a spiral to form a unique structure. It is not a traditional spiral with a single center and axis, but a contemporary spiral, which opens in a number of directions along many different routes; a polycentric spiral, which builds to a dramatic peak.
The external material of the wall is the bacteriostatic quartz surface, Silestone® in the new Suede textured matt finish, which forms a contemporary fractal pattern related to the Golden Section. The pattern is integral to the wall structure, carrying within itself the structural logic of modulating scale and proportion within an endlessly fascinating surface. A kind of shiver should run up the form —an overlaying of a pattern that would break scale and dissolve the strength of the rising, twisting wall planes. It’s a mathematical mosaic, a mobile net that would run and break without repeating: a wholly modern concept of a tile, a ‘fractile.’ The aim is to find a similarity that never quite repeats, and to do that the surfacing would have to be a-periodic. It fits and locks together in an open-ended logic, as a network develops. The tiling has to be a growth of strange branchings.
This project showcases Libeskind’s unique approach to architecture as a language capable of narrating the story of the human soul; a hybrid and wide-ranging force, at once a narrative, a method, an art form, and a way of thinking about the world.
The external material used for the ‘Beyond The Wall’ project, Silestone® quartz surfaces by Cosentino in the new Suede textured matt finish, has been developed by the Cosentino Group R&D department. It exudes beauty and elegance as well as being highly tactile and offers fantastic performance combined with a shade and consistency that is not found in natural Stone.
Made from over 90% natural quartz crystals, Silestone® by Cosentino is extremely hygienic due to unique bacteriostatic properties. It has nearly four to five times the flexural strength of granite and a high resistance to scratch, stain and heat. With a ten-year warranty, Silestone® is available in over 30 distinctive through-body colours and benefits from a shade and consistency that is not found in natural stone. It is the ideal surface for use in a wide variety of applications, including worksurfaces, bar/ reception tops, flooring, splashbacks and wall cladding. Silestone® has revolutionised the global stone industry and its growth has been unstoppable up to the point where it has become the world’s leading quartz surfacing brand.
About Libeskind Design
Over the years, Daniel Libeskind has been fortunate to be commissioned by a number of international design firms to develop a diverse array of objects, as well as bespoke furniture and industrial fixtures for the interiors of his buildings. In order to further develop his designs, Libeskind chose to establish a design company in Milan, the international center for design, with unparalleled artisans, care for detail and connections to the broader world of contemporary architecture, art and culture. The office has been commissioned to design products in Austria, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Netherlands, United States and Italy.
The designs reflect Libeskind’s profound interest in the world of everyday objects and the stories they tell about their environment and the people who use them. It is fundamental to his motivation that products are crafted with perceptible human energy and that they challenge and contribute to the fields of product, industrial and interior design in the same way his buildings speak to architecture and culture. The spirit animating the new enterprise is to craft every object in an innovative and unique way, to make everyday life a little more beautiful and interesting. Beyond interiors and objects, Libeskind Design has also been commissioned to design two museum exhibitions and several cultural installations in 2013.