It is popular knowledge that water is the essential element when cooking, and Snarkitecture presented its relationship and condition in Altered States.
Everyone who had the pleasure to go to Salone del Mobile this year remarks how hectic it was. But as always, some of the presentations and events stick to our minds more than others.
Snarkitecture is a well-known collaborative practice based in New York, who aim to investigate the boundaries between art and architecture. Their name comes from Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of The Snark, a poem describing the “impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature.”
In its search for the unknown, Snarkitecture creates architectural-scale projects, installations, and objects. Snarkitecture’s work focuses on the reinterpretation of everyday materials, structures and programs and giving them an imaginative turnaround. With a conceptual approach that is centered on the importance of experiencing, the studio creates unexpected moments and invite people to explore and engage with their surroundings.
On the other side, Caesarstone also brings every year some serious cultural cachet and creative calibre to a product line mostly associated with kitchen countertops. Previous collaborations have been with Nendo, Raw-Edges, Tom Dixon and Jaime Hayon.
They were asked to interpret the kitchen space for this year’s edition, and they explored the kitchen island as a social hub and a context to explore the changing states of water, the most elemental “ingredient” used on it.
At the International Design Show in January they already presented a series of sculptural vignettes that formally referenced glaciers, geysers and waterfalls.
According to Mustonen, it was a range of “structures that connected altered states of water to the natural world”.
In Milan, these topographical and elemental explorations combined to form a single island with different stations showcasing ice, water and steam. This physical metaphor of the kitchen island was the centrepiece of an amphitheatre-style setting surrounded by more than 250 pedestals made with three different Caesarstone colours from their new collection.
The installation itself took place at the long-shuttered Palazzo dell’Ufficio Elettorale di Porta Romana, a former university building closed for 20 years that opened for the occasion. It will be closed again and redesigned after this week into the forthcoming Milan Edition Hotel.
Pictures by David Zanardi, courtesy of Caesarstone.