Philippe Malouin’s Movements at Milan Design Week

Canadian Philippe Malouin holds a bachelor’s degree in Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven. He has also studied at the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris and University of Montreal. He lives and works in London. He set up his studio in 2009 after working for English designer Tom Dixon. He is also the director of POST-OFFICE, the architectural and interiors design practice. His diverse portfolio includes tables, rugs, chairs, lights, art objects and installations. Philippe’s client list includes: Roll & Hill, 1882 ltd., Kvadrat, Established & Sons, Umbra Shift, Caesarstone, NextLevel galerie Paris, Gallery Fumi London, ProjectB Gallery Milan, Swarovski, Bloomberg, Aesop, Touch Digital. Philippe has won the W Hotels ‘Designer of the Future’ Award and the Wallpaper ‘Best Use of Material’ Award. Philippe Lives and works in London, where he operates his design studio and teaches platform 18 alongside Sarah van Gameren at the Royal College of Arts.

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During Milan Design Week 2015, leading manufacturer of premium quartz surfaces, caesarstone, presents ‘movements’ — an interactive installation that combines an eight-piece swing-set and a collection of handmade planters conceived by Philippe Malouin. Positioned within the historic palazzo serbelloni, ‘movements’ is divided into two parts, each of which explores the unexpected application of the caesarstone material, and its distinctive textures, in process-based design.

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in his collaboration with caesarstone, philippe malouin has conceived 20 large vases from the premium stone image courtesy of tom mannion/caesarstone

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The first of the two parts, the swings, are placed within the palace’s grand hall. typically associated with carefree, childish activity, they are removed from their original playground surroundings — the historical setting bringing an out-of-context element into play, inviting visitors to interact with the work.

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the planters display the diversity of caesarstone textures and possible applications image courtesy of tom mannion/caesarstone

‘For me the starting point was the exploration of the material, as we tend to start most projects. we therefore focused on spending time in the workshop, except, this was not an ordinary workshop, but a fully equipped solid surface transformation facility. caesarstone is an extremely versatile material that is easy to predict and work with, and it offers a variety of colors and finishes. I therefore experimented with a series of techniques and applications ranging from the mundane to the more experimental.’ – Philippe Malouin

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the geometric arrangement of planters project the textural finishes of caesarstone image courtesy of tom mannion/caesarstone

Malouin’s installation is the third in a series of collaborations that caesarstone is engaging in with international designs, asking them to explore the premium stone material in new ways. his work follows nendo’s stone garden which looks at how caesartone can be applied to furniture, and raw edges’ ‘islands’ which expresses the use of caesarstone as a surface and its potential use within the domestic domain.

‘For our third large-scale presentation in milan, we were interested in delving into philippe malouin’s unique approach to product design, so that the qualities unique to caesarstone material – such as strength and flexibility, are explored in a thoroughly new way.’ – eli feiglin, VP of marketing at caesarstone

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image courtesy of tom mannion/caesarstone

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image courtesy of tom mannion/caesarstone

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the unique characteristics of the caesarstone material creates distinctive designs and textures image courtesy of tom mannion/caesarstone

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the hand-made collection of vases take on geometric forms image courtesy of tom mannion/caesarstone

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The 8-piece swing-set created from the new 2015 surface designs of Caesarstone, part of Movements, an interactive installation by Philippe Malouin at Palazzo Serbelloni.

In his collaboration with caesarstone, philippe malouin has conceived 20 large vases from the premium stone
image courtesy of tom mannion/caesarstone

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the planters display the diversity of caesarstone textures and possible applications
image courtesy of tom mannion/caesarstone