Philippe Malouin experiments with Caesarstone to create collection of planters

Milan 2015: London designer Philippe Malouin has formed a collection of geometric planters in a range of shapes, textures and colours using quartz surface material Caesarstone.

Movements planters by Philippe Malouin

Malouin's Caesarstone Movements collection includes cuboid, cylindrical and pyramid-shaped vessels, which have a variety of surface textures, patterns and colours.

"For me the starting point was the exploration of the material, as we tend to start most projects," said Malouin.

Movements planters by Philippe Malouin

"We therefore focused on spending time in the workshop, except, this was not an ordinary workshop, but a fully equipped solid surface transformation facility," he added.

Caesarstone is an engineered quartz material that is commonly used to form interior work surfaces.

Movements planters by Philippe Malouin

"Caesarstone is an extremely versatile material that is easy to predict and work with, and it offers a variety of colours and finishes," said Malouin. "I therefore experimented with a series of techniques and applications ranging from the mundane to the more experimental."

The planters demonstrate traditional carving techniques such as inlay and marquetry as well as showcasing the variety of colours in the Caesarstone collection, including new hues for 2015.

Movements planters by Philippe Malouin

The collection will be shown at Milan's Palazzo Serbelloni from 14 to 18 April, during the city's annual design week, along with a set of eight Caesarstone swings – also designed by Malouin.

A circular twelve-seat version of the swing set was presented at Toronto's Interior Design Show in January.