Milan – London-based studio Raw Edges collaborated with Caesarstone, purveyors of premium quartz surfaces, on Islands, a series of working surfaces that rethink what a typical domestic countertop looks like.
The countertops are created with holes cut into the quartz and different vessels such as bowls and sinks dropped into them, showing how the material can hold kitchen appliances and tools which normally sit on top of a kitchen surface. At an exhibition during Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the domestic surfaces were not only on display but were in use as chefs and mixologists worked behind the countertops, creating an interactive installation.
In 2010, LS:N Global spotted a rise in Conviviality Culture, which Raw Edges and Caesarstone embraced in their exhibition, using the magic of a live demonstration to lure in design week goers. It was a playful way to present a normally boring product, and the countertops themselves were a Neo Kitsch interpretation of a modern kitchen, playing with two and three dimensions to create visual interest.