Dektonhenge by Apparatu is an experimental project created by Xavier Mañosa, founder of design studio Apparatu. The project proposes a review of the origins of Dekton. Together with Cosentino’s R&D department, Mañosa puts the ultra-compact surface through a ductile and malleable process. Working with Dekton as a raw material, he explained the transformation of the material from its liquid to solid states, similar to the process for ceramics. The aim of the ceramist was to discover new ways of working with Dekton, to find out how versatile Dekton could be, and the different uses to which it could be subjected.
Xavier selected a natural rock and digitalized its surface. From this he created pieces in different shapes and sizes so that each of them can later be artisanally molded. The result of this experimental exercise was the ensemble of pieces that make up Dektonhenge by Apparatu. Finally, both the pieces worked on by the founder of Apparatu and the one created via Dekton’s industrial process were combined to create a unique, sophisticated design object.
The items of furniture designed by Xavier Mañosa and Cosentino offer an elegant symbiosis between traditional and manufactured looks. It combines the atavistic quality of raw rock and the technological sophistication of ultra-shiny Dekton XGloss slabs.
Dekton XGloss is a range of ultra-compact polished Dekton surfaces characterized by a dazzling, crystalline shine. XGloss has recently been awarded with Red Dot Award for Best Product Design 2016. Spectra black, one color of the XGloss line, was chosen by Xavier Mañosa to carry out his project: “I chose it specifically because its spectacular glossy surface contrasts with the matte finish of the molded pieces that serve as a support, thus creating a very powerful glossy/matte effect.”
Mañosa works with elements and forms similar to those that are extracted directly from the quarry and applies them to his work.This gives them a classical air, like seen on the fluting found column used as the base support for the horizontal elements of this piece.
The large, yet light weight, tables and benches combine sophisticated cutting-edge design with the rusticity of basic materials. The absence of symmetry on the shelves are purposefully implemented by the creative mind of the ceramist from Barcelona.
The Dektonhenge furniture achieves a perfect balance between geologic inspiration and a design idea by one of the most brilliant minds of European architecture.