Benjamin Hubert – An Immersive Installation for Milan Design Week 2019

British designer Benjamin Hubert has teamed up with surface specialist Cosentino to create a large architectural installation for Milan Design Week 2019. Created through his studio LAYER, “Raytrace” features a 25-meter long and 6-meter high triangular passage seemingly balanced on a single edge within a dark, atmospheric space.


Benjamin Hubert an immersive installation for milan design week 2019
Visitors will enter the space created by two large dekton pieces, the caustic spheres will generate a reflective pattern of light.

Upon entering the passageway, a fascinating caustic pattern slowly dances across the surface, emulating the refraction of light through water – conjuring the peacefull feeling of being underwater. As visitors walk through, they become an integral part of the installation, their shadows cast against the structure’s surface.

Two mirrors at either end of the vault reflect the installation, creating the illusion of an infinite space and offering glimpses of patterns playing out on the interior.


Benjamin Hubert an immersive installation for milan design week 2019
The caustic spheres will cause a pattern of dancing rays of light evokes that will evoke a dreamlike state of mind and simulate being underwater.

Mirrors at either end of the vault will create the illusion of an infinite space. Seating also made of dekton will de displayed just outside the space, allowing time for visitors to stop and reflect.

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The installation uses Cosentino‘s dekton® surface, an ultracompact material made up of over 20 natural minerals. Hubert’s design reference its technological qualities and production methods to create a dramatic, interactive experience showcasing the harmony between nature, light and architecture.

Raytrace sketch by Benjamin Hubert of LAYER for DEKTON by Cosentino - Image Credit Jose Santopalomo

Raytrace is a visually powerful demonstration of how Cosentino products can be used as architectural elements and interior designs.

“The creation of dekton® is a highly technological process that emulates the metamorphic changes that naturally occur with stone,” says Benjamin Hubert, founder of LAYER. “The extraction of water using extreme heat and pressure throughout the manufacturing process is what makes dekton® a durable material most suited for architecture.”

“Raytrace is a direct response to this method – we take the idea of water and architecture, two integral themes in the conception of dekton®, and create an architectural structure, filled with an immersive caustic lighting effect – a powerful combination of architecture and nature.”

Raytrace watercolour sketch by Benjamin Hubert; LAYER for DEKTON by Cosentino - Image Credit Jose Santopalomo

Dekton is a large-format, ultra-compact surface that consists of a sophisticated blend of the raw materials that produce the very latest in glass and porcelain as well as the highest quality quartz.

Benjamin Hubert of LAYER for DEKTON ft Caustic Ball - Image by Jose Santopalomo

Raytrace will be exhibited in the historical vaulted warehouses beneath Milan’s central train station as part of the third edition of Ventura Centrale. The unique backdrop of these arched spaces will house installations by internationally renowned brands and designers, making it a must-see destination during Milan Design Week 2019.

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