Apparatu has been developing experimental applications and processess for Dekton during the past 3 years, an ultracompact surface composed of a mixture of inorganic raw materials used to manufacture ceramic, quartz and glass.
For this new Dekton project, Xavier Mañosa is creating a collection of pieces developed in the Apparatu workshop, a collection of table and kitchenware, furniture pieces and a kitchen. The project offers the tangible idea of uniting both production processes through one material.
With Dektonclay we propose the idea of the Kitchen, without trying to be innovative in this field, we are attracted by the idea of using the same material in every part of the kitchen. The ovens, the kitchen top, the structure and the handles are created with Dekton, modeling, pressing, extruding, and firing, pushing the malleabilities of the material in different processes, all together with the easy but decisive strength of the fire.
Ceramic structure created for the Exhibition “Obra” at the Barcelona design Museum with extruded stoneware.
4m (high) and 3m (diameter).
Wallpaper magazine invite Aesop Skin Care and apparatu to create the essence of the wallpaper hotel 2016 and the oil burner for this essence. The Oil burner is a glass cilinder that contains a Candle and holds in two diferent positions a ceramic piece where the oil heat up.
Dektonhenge the study of the stone, a revisiting of something basic to find a way to combine pieces that are different in nature yet whose creation is linked by a common material. It is the union of two pieces, obtained via different processes. On the one hand it is the method of Xavier Mañosa, a process whose transformation involves experimenting with a digitally created rock. After transporting it to Mañosa’s studio, they took on the task of converting Dekton into a ceramic material to be moulded and sculpted to form the support for the slabs that were created industrially, The process the ceramist came up with involved transforming the material from a liquid state to a solid one, to then be polished and fired at high temperature to achieve the high resistance of the material.
Each cylinder is created on the wheel by the Master Joan Mañosa using the yellowish stoneware form the area. There are two sizes available that can be used either as a stool or a side table. High temperature fire and the thickness of the walls create a very strong structure.
A collection of shelf brackets made by hand bending a clay extrusion. The strength of stoneware applied to the structural shape of an extrusion, create a very strong bracket. The stoneware isn’t glazed following the simplicity of the whole process. Only iron and manganese are mixed with the clay to obtain the reddish and the black finish respectively.
Each leg of this table is made on the wheel. They are made of porcelain stoneware at high temperatures to guarantee resistance and durability. It’s presented in two versions: black and raw. The series of tables is complemented with a collection of imperfect made vases.
Edited by BD
Arquitecturas is a vase inspired by architecture. It transfers the wall anatomy (plinth, wall and cornice) to the vase’s bottom, body and neck surfaces.
Terrasse is a vase with its own water cycle. A terracotta hand turned vase with a porcelain saucer; a combination between low and high temperature.
A limited edition of three hundred ceramic vases, hand turned by Joan Mañosa, a master artisan with many years of experience. One condition was imposed though: the process needed to be wrong. Accidents were welcome.
Pleat Box starts as a digitally-designed crease in a piece of cloth, the silhouette of which is applied to a ceramic base. The outer part of the lamp is offered in white ceramic, underglazed red clay and grey. The brilliant white enamel interior creates a glitter effect, which enhances the light from the lamp. It can also be supplied in gold on the inside, which generates an extremely warm light.
Designed by Mashallah and Xavier Mañosa
Edited by Marset
Our dishes of basic functionality for the table, turned by hand uniquely and expressively by the maestro Joan Mañosa. Whilst being lovingly finished, the pieces conserve the lines from the hands of Joan, revealing the exclusivity of each one. The process and high quality materials are converted into a basic for the table.
Jara is ready-to-assemble fountain that creates a waterfall effect. This fountain was made on the occasion of the Tenerife Design Week.
Craft skills are often handed down from master to apprentice, as is the case of Joan Mañosa and his son. This vase collection comes from a single lesson on how to use the pottery wheel. It gathers all the vases made by the apprentice during this process.
Pussel began as a game between 12-year-old Xavier and his father. Together they created a ceramic modular shape that you could stack together mixing different colors. This game, measuring a meter and half, was mutated over time by Mañosa, who took his references from children’s modular puzzles, where shape, color and materials intermingle with their various functions as lamp, vase and candle holder.
A series of vases created by Joan Mañosa using his whole sticker collection.