Kukka Studio is delighted to announce details of its installation ‘Spectra’ at the upcoming exhibition – “What’s the Matter? Design for a Phygital World” – at La Posteria, Milan during Salone del Mobile 2016, in collaboration with Frame Magazine, Caesarstone and Prinz Optics GmbH (12 – 17 April 2016).
“A spectrum (plural spectra or spectrums) is a condition that is not limited to a specific set of values but can vary infinitely within a continuum”.
Kukka is inspired by reflection and refraction, absorbent and repellent. The studio’s continuous interest to create a timeless dialogue from past to future through presently active living, has been expressed in its current work, ‘Spectra’, using Dichroic finished glass as a dominant material.
The environment we live in is affected by a spectrum of different conditions. Kukka chose to use Dichroic glass to help express the significant conditions affected by light and time, reflection and refraction. Similar to the social behavior expressed through social media channels and the internet: absorbing and repelling, yet the glass, a modern material used since the Roman empire, has its own structural, solid properties.
The quartz is an abundant mineral in earth. The slabs are solid, reflecting physical, stable and timeless design. “I am particularly interested in creating timeless design by using simple geometry and basic materials. The dialogue between the two is expressed in Spectra,” says Rona Meyuchas-Koblenz, founder of Kukka Studio.
Dialogue between the materials
Kukka has partnered with two companies who are both pioneers in their field in manufacturing. The Quartz slabs are made by Caesarstone in Caesarea, Israel, and they are made of reclaimed materials: 93% quartz. The Dichroic glass, made by Prinz Optics in Germany, is transparent, reflecting and refracting; the slab is solid, absorbent and repellent.
As part of Frame’s “What’s the Matter? Design for a Phygital World” exhibition in Milan, Kukka will be showcasing two complete pieces that are part of the ‘Spectra’ project: ABCD table and O table. These are occasional, side tables composed of two pieces and made from two different materials. Through the ‘Spectra’ concept, Kukka wanted to create a constant dialogue between the two materials and demonstrate how the environment can influence the design object.
The installation will be on display at La Posteria, Via G. Sacchi 5/7, Milan, from 12 to 17 April 2016 (Tues 11:00 – 19:00, Wed to Sat 11:00 – 21:00, and Sun 11:00 – 20:00).
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Notes to Editors
About the event “What’s the Matter? Design for a Phygital World”
This year, Frame magazine will make its first appearance as a participant of Milan Design Week by curating the experimental exhibiton “What’s the Matter? Design for a Phygital World”.
Frame envisions a material future in which the physical and digital realms are in constant conversations, so inherently intertwined that it’s difficult to distinguish one from the other. With the lines between digital matter and physical design blurring, how can objects suggest the aesthetic of a phygital future.
Milan based Studio Ferruccio Laviani will conceive the scenography of the Frame exhibition.
About Rona Meyuchas-Koblenz
British-Israeli designer Rona Meyuchas Koblenz began her extensive career in Milan, after graduating with a Masters in Industrial Design, from SPD in Milan in 1999. Rona then moved to London and worked as a senior product designer and project manager at Isometrix Lighting and Design.
Rona’s professional experience in design and manufacturing motivated her to create products under her own label, Kukka Studio. The first collection was released in Milan during Salone del Mobile. Later that same year, Fiera Milano approached Rona to feature her work in the second edition book ‘BOX 40/2’ which highlights emerging young designers under 40, who have contributed to Italian companies.
Today, Rona’s client list includes Caesarstone™, The Conran, Paul Smith, La Rinascente and Selfridges. Rona runs her own design practice Kukka Studio specializing in custom made products for special projects and commissions. Rona’s latest bespoke project was ‘Project 34’ in conjunction with Caesarstone which was unveiled, to great critical acclaim, at Tent London during London Design Festival 2015. In 2010, Rona set up the design brand Kukka, in order to market, sell and exhibit her products worldwide.
Caesarstone is a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ. The company’s surfaces and products are sold in over 50 countries worldwide. Established in 1987, Caesarstone pioneered the original quartz surface and continues to be a leading developer and manufacturer of premium surfaces. Caesarstone surfaces consist of up to 93% quartz and utilize advanced technologies and proprietary know-how. The surfaces are highly functional, design forward and have endless application possibilities including kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, flooring, wall panelling, furniture and more. With three diverse collections – Classico™, which includes the Supernatural Collection, Motivo™ and Concetto™ there is no limit to choice. The unique and rich variety of colours, patterns and textures gives each customer the ability to find their ‘ultimate surface’ and create their own unique interior environment. Caesarstone’s extensive designs are constantly evolving and developing to meet the latest world trends and the highest level of international quality standards.
About Prinz Optics
Prinz Optics GmbH have 20 years of coating experience devoting their expertise to filter needs. The company is based in Stromberg, Germany. They specialize in ultra-thin coatings for glass. They use them to produce dichroics for architects, designers and artists; lighting filters for light designers and light technicians; conversion filters for goods display for shop fitters and lighting firms; and technical filters for a wide range of applications in industry, science and medical technology.