The new Stone Age


Although we find it hard to imagine the Flinstone Family being a group of design hipsters, the Stone Age is definitely reviving. Stone, in all its forms and finishings, has shaken of his massive and expensive image for a new lighter and budget-friendly use. An excellent exemple of the contemporary and versatile use of natural stone was shown by Caesarstone and Raw-Edges Design Studio during the last Milan Design Week. Together they set up a series of Stone Islands, small compartments that can be easily integrated in different parts of the home. A coffeetable with integrated plants for instance, or a wooden bath-tub covered in stone, a colourfull kitchen island or even a ping-pong table. Up-to-date, sustainable, long-lasting and last but not least: they look really pretty.

www.caesarstone.com, www.raw-edges.com

Text: Charlene Preston 

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Dark brown natural stone with a shiny finishing makes a glamorous coffeetable. Thanks to the integrated plants there is no need to invest in posh plant pots.

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A bath-tub stripped down to the bare essence. The luxurious cold black marble contrasts the warm woodwork and the playfull blue shower.

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To emphasize the extreme versatility of stonework, Raw Edges Design Studio developed a ping-pong table in natural stone. After a few rounds, the table can be re-used for meetings.

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The most popular island of all: the contemporary kitchen island in grey stone and coloured woodwork.

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For those who have more affinity with animals than plants: the fish-version of the coffee-table.