The Southern California–based manufacturing company Caesarstone, known for creating functional quartz surfaces for the kitchen and bath, has partnered with London’s Raw Edges design studio to create Islands, a series of kitchen designs configured to house appliances and unique elements such as fish bowls and planters in specially sized sections. The designs, although not for sale yet, are expected to range in price from about $50 to $60 per square foot and are intended to add counter space for meal preparation while providing storage for essential kitchen tools. The units feature quartz countertops in combination with a variety of materials such as reclaimed wood, glass, and terra-cotta. Though the collection focuses primarily on designs for the kitchen, the full Islands range also will include space-efficient units for the bathroom.
Following its preview at the Interior Design Show in Toronto earlier this year, Islands will debut as part of an interactive installation at the Fuorisalone 2014 design event in Milan April 8 through 13. During that exhibition, the American chef Alice Delcourt from Erba Brusca—a farm-to-table restaurant just outside Milan—will use designs from the new collection to prepare and serve a concept menu to visitors. (www.caesarstoneus.com)