Shining a light on design innovation TM Lighting, joined British designer Benjamin Hubert of LAYER in collaboration with Cosentino, worldwide leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, to present Raytrace at Milan Design Week 2019.
The collaboration showcased an immersive, architectural installation introducing Dekton®, the ultra-compact, large format surface by Cosentino – exploring the product’s design, innovation, strength, durability and beauty.
The large-scale, architectural installation Raytrace is a 25-metre long and 6-metre high triangular passage composed of Dekton® ultracompact surfaces, seemingly balanced on a single edge within a dark, atmospheric space. Upon entering the passageway, a mesmerising caustic pattern slowly dances across the surface, emulating the refraction of light through water – evoking the serene feeling of being underwater.
As visitors walk through the passage, they become a part of the installation, as their shadows are cast against the structure’s surface. Two mirrors at either end of the vault reflect the installation, creating the illusion of an infinite space and offering glimpses of the caustic patterns playing out on the interior.
The lighting for Raytrace was an integral part of Hubert’s installation at Milan Design Week. TM Lighting specified their superior, high colour rendition LED ZeroSixty accent lights with a custom length snoot to provide enhanced glare control, mounted above the installation on Arttrack to focus the light directly into the organic forms composed of Dekton® ultracompact surfaces, creating caustic light effects and an immersive and mesmerising experience for visitors.
Hubert’s design references the highly technological qualities of Dekton® as an indoor/outdoor architectural product and the natural minerals used to produce the material. Taking inspiration from the Dekton® creation process, Hubert creates a dramatic, interactive experience showcasing the harmony between nature, light and architecture.
Photography: Caustic Spheres – Raytrace by Benjamin Hubert of LAYER by David Zanardi.