Without question the biggest and most spectacular showcase of furniture and design in the world, Milan’s Salone del Mobile is an annual extravaganza of extraordinary talent. It’s here that the globe’s most exceptional designers and brands come to debut their latest products and forward thinking ideas, and it's also where those ideas need to stand out from the crowd. That’s why in 2016, world renowned British designer Tom Dixon chose to create The RESTAURANT – a magnificently ambitious kitchen concept in collaboration with leading quartz manufacturer Caesarstone, featuring the revolutionary culinary systems offered by Electrolux Grand Cuisine.

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Housed in the Rotonda della Besana, an historic deconsecrated church behind Milan’s Tribunale, the experimental pop up concept consisted of a series of extraordinary, sculptural kitchens designed around the four elements; earth, air, fire and water, each realised using an aesthetic and colour palette to match their theme. “The systems work seamlessly in any kitchen design and I was intrigued by the idea of incorporating the sleek, contemporary appliances into The RESTAURANT. Against the backdrop of the 17th century building, it offers a striking contradiction.

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I first came across Grand Cuisine several years ago in London and had been looking for an opportunity to work with the brand

It was within these four kitchens, constructed beneath the church’s domed centre that Francesca Sarti of Italian food design studio Arabeschi di Latte presented a collection of recipes in keeping with the elemental story. Combing traditional ingredients with the ultra-modern cooking techniques offered by Electrolux Grand Cuisineappliances, dishes included marshmallows and candyfloss prepared in the air kitchen, shaved ice drinks served in the water kitchen, chicken cooked beneath a brick in the earth kitchen, and charred breads toasted in the fire kitchen.

“We like to think our own products are beautiful enough for the home, yet tough enough to specify in professional environments, so it was great to work with a brand that delivers appliances both in to people’s homes and to Michelin starred restaurants ” Dixon continues. “Grand Cuisine provides the latest restaurant innovations directly to the home chef. It was that factor that immediately appealed when we were looking for the most innovative and intuitive technology, and products with the highest specifications to incorporate in to these conceptual kitchens.”