Sunday Times

BE­NEATH THE SUR­FACE

- Ju­lia Free­man­tle

At the cut­ting-edge of coun­ter­top trends, Cae­sar­stone’s lat­est de­signs of­fer depth, move­ment and ma­jor vis­ual im­pact. Of­fer­ing a win­dow into what’s hap­pen­ing in the in­dus­try at large, the com­pany’s new colour­ways re­flect the direc­tions kitchen de­sign is tak­ing.

White At­tica 5143 em­bod­ies a si­mul­ta­ne­ous re­vival of clas­si­cism and modernism with its sim­ple, yet strik­ing, pol­ished sur­face of dark grey vein­ing on a white base. It’s a fu­sion of moder­nity and time­less­ness teamed with el­e­gant tones (deep green, warm red) and so­phis­ti­cated tex­tures such as leather and wood. Tak­ing the trend fur­ther, Airy Con­crete 4044’s un­pol­ished grey sur­face is next-gen­er­a­tion in­dus­trial. An aged feel adds depth while the matte fin­ish of­fers a fresh take on the aes­thetic. Pair with bur­nished met­als and cop­per green to em­pha­sise the worn ef­fect, and rounded shapes to soften its rugged­ness. Cloud­burst Con­crete 4011’s cloud-like patina of­fers a pared-back fin­ish and a po­etic in­ter­pre­ta­tion of an ur­ban ideal. Pale tones, pow­dery pas­tels, sleek met­als and sim­ple, lux­u­ri­ous tex­tures cre­ate a calm, con­tem­po­rary space. The abil­ity to recre­ate weath­ered and pati­nated sur­faces means more dy­namic de­sign and Ex­cava 4046 blends beau­ti­fully with other nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als – raw wood, stone and wo­ven tex­tures – and an earthy pal­ette drawn from the out­doors. Think burnt or­anges, for­est greens and warm browns.

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