Altered States

Snarkitecture’s collaboration with Caesarstone for their 2018 Designer Program will focus on the icon of the modern home, the kitchen island. Snarkitecture looked at water as the most important “ingredient” in the kitchen, drawing inspiration from its changing states in nature (glacier, river, geyser) and in the kitchen (ice, water, steam) to create Altered States. The first two installments of the feature were showcased in Toronto and Milan, with the final installment being revealed at IDS Vancouver this September!

Over the past 40 years the kitchen has transformed from the private, utilitarian space to the most public space in the home. It has evolved into a place for entertainment, social interaction and performances where we demonstrate our ‘professional’ cooking skills, as well as showcase our high-tech appliances. As water is one of the most important ingredients in the kitchen, used for a wide variety of cooking techniques and culinary creations, Snarkitecture will investigate the ‘changing states’ of water in the context of the kitchen island, as well as look at natural topography where water exists in these states.

Combining various components from the exhibits debuted in Toronto and Milan, this installation will be something visitors have never seen before!

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About Caesarstone

Caesarstone manufactures high quality engineered quartz surfaces, which are used in both residential and commercial spaces as countertops, vanities, wall cladding, backsplashes, floors and other interior surfaces. Exceptionally crafted and available in a wide variety of colors, styles, designs, and textures, Caesarstone products also boast inherent characteristics such as being hard, durable, non-porous and scratch and stain resistant. In addition to the industry’s only transferable lifetime warranty and customer care department, this makes Caesarstone surfaces highly competitive to granite, manufactured solid surfaces and laminate, as well as to other engineered quartz surfaces. With a focus on high design, Caesarstone has partnered with internationally renowned designers including Tom Dixon, Jürgen Mayer-Hermann and Jaime Hayon. Their surfaces have been proudly used in applications with leading global brands such as Starbucks and Best Buy, and soon to be implemented at Apple, Indigo, Cineplex and more. Caesarstone’s products provide interior design solutions to over 50 countries around the world.


About Snarkitecture

Snarkitecture is a New York-based collaborative practice established to investigate the boundaries between art and architecture. The name is drawn 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 to new and imaginative effect. With a conceptual approach centered on the importance of experience, the studio creates unexpected and memorable moments that invite people to explore and engage with their surroundings. By transforming the familiar into the extraordinary, Snarkitecture makes architecture perform the unexpected.


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