From the halls of EuroCucina in Milan to the hills of Spain’s Andalucia region, we discover the story behind Cosentino’s revolutionary new surface, Dekton®. Alice Blackwood and Lorenzo Logi report.
May 22nd, 2014
Above: Okami Japanese Restaurant in Malaga – Dekton Doomos on the bar and Sirius on the floor
Imagine a benchtop which is impossible to scratch, stain, burn or damage in any way. It seems almost unachievable, and yet Cosentino has conceived of a material formula and manufacturing process that allows them to produce a surface that is impervious to almost any sort of damage.
Known as Dekton®, this revolutionary ultra-compact surface is a rather sophisticated mix of raw materials used to make glass, latest-generation porcelain tiles and quartz surfaces.
The result of years of development, Dekton® has provided the impetus for the expansive extension of Cosentino’s factory facilities in the south of Spain. It also attracted mass exposure at the Salone del Mobile Milan this year, showcased throughout the EuroCucina halls (and more).
Dekton® was popularly showcased in countertop format across a number of brands, however because of Dekton®’s material capabilities it can also be used in extra large format for internal walls, external cladding, flooring and stairs across residential and commercial environments.
Better yet, its unique material composition, combined with Cosentino’s manufacturing capabilities, enables Dekton® to be produced in ever thinner thicknesses – starting at 8mm thick – while maintaining strong dimensional stability.
Material capabilities aside, Dekton® has lots to offer in terms of good looks. Whether you’re after a shade, colour, finish or texture, Cosentino is able to custom produce anything from granite- and marble-look surfaces, to texturally patterned finishes, (denim look anyone? It can be done!).
Located in Cantoria (Almería), the Cosentino headquarters is a veritable metropolis of productivity. The headquarters covers just over 1 million square metres of industrial land, encompassing special manufacturing facilities for its world-class Silestone® surface and now Dekton®.
The headquarters is surrounded by a sweeping expanse of mountainous countryside. It is from here (as well as other regions such as Brazil) that Cosentino quarries natural materials such as marble.
It all combines to form a vision for the future that is uniquely Cosentino. Their investment of AUD$172 million and 22,0000 hours in research and development speaks volumes of Cosentino’s confidence in the quality and capabilities of Dekton®.
The fact that Cosentino is well prepared for future growth – in fact large parts of its industrial estate are already earmarked for additional factory facilities – indicates that Dekton is set to lead the market in surface innovation.
See the IndesignTV video tour of Cosentino’s headquarters and the Dekton facility here.
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