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Kukka Studio's Spectra collection contrasts iridescent glass with white quartz

Milan 2016: as part of the coloured glass trend in Milan this year, UK-based Kukka Studio's collection of side tables places pastel-hued panes alongside white quartz slabs.

Spectra side table collection by Kukka Studio for Milan design week 2016

Both of the pieces in the Spectra collection uses panels of dichroic glass against the engineered stone to create a contrast between colourful and monochrome.

The dichroic glass, produced by Prinz Optics in Germany, is made by coating the panes in ultra-thin layers of different metals and oxides to affect how it reflects and refracts light.

Spectra side table collection by Kukka Studio for Milan design week 2016

This coating changes the colour of the glass depending on the angle it is viewed from, giving the surfaces a colour gradient and creating shadows in unexpected hues

Although it was invented in the Roman era, the material has recently seen a resurgence among designers such as Patricia Urquiola, who used iridescent glass to create a furniture series for Glas Italia last year.

Spectra side table collection by Kukka Studio for Milan design week 2016

Coloured glass is also emerging as one of the trends at Milan design week this year. Urquiola is showing a new cabinet featuring stained-glass doors and the Campana brothers have designed a cabinet with blob-shaped holes filled with coloured glass.

The white quartz of the side tables, made by Caesarstone in Israel, was used to appear timeless against the psychedelic modern glass and provide a plain background against the colour.

Spectra side table collection by Kukka Studio for Milan design week 2016

"I am particularly interested in creating timeless design by using simple geometry and basic materials. The dialogue between the two is expressed in Spectra," said Kukka Studio founder Rona Meyuchas-Koblenz.

British-Israeli designer Meyuchas-Koblenz first exhibited work at Milan in 2009, and has since set up her own design brand Kukka with clients including The Conran Shop and Paul Smith.

Spectra side table collection by Kukka Studio for Milan design week 2016

The studio will be presenting the ABCD table and the O table from the collection as part of design magazine Frame's What's the Matter? Design for a Phygital World exhibition. The show is taking place at the La Posteria venue in Milan's Brera district during the city's design week, from 12 to 17 April 2016.

Also on show during the event are a variety of different products designed for children and a collection of zigzag-patterned wooden furniture.

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