The new Dialogue Room by Cannata is an exciting incubation space for product and talent
Since 1910, four generations of the Cannata family have supplied, manufactured and installed the best quality natural, engineered stone and porcelain products. Moving with the times, it’s not only managed to keep up, but rather ahead of the curve, tracking changes in technology and trends.
A long family legacy is being continued in the present by Claudia King and Italo Cannata Jr (the great granddaughter and great grandson of the brand’s eponymous founder Liborio Cannata), and they maintain the spirit of innovation and adaptation set by their predecessors more than a century ago.
Collaborating with Aimee Wolfaardt of Haardt Design Studio they’ve just debuted The Dialogue Room – an answer to the call for an exploratory space in which designers, architects, creatives and clients could cross-pollinate. The Dialogue Room is an interactive space that turns the typical showroom concept on its head and its founders see it as a space conducive to discovery.
In addition to the surfaces (marble, granite and stone) that Cannata is known for – and which are expertly executed on floors, walls and countertops – the Dialogue Room will serve as a platform for local talent via collaborations with established and emerging designers that will take the form of new collections of furniture and decorative stone products.
For its launch, The Dialogue Room partnered with Cape Town based architectural and interior design brand Studio AN for a range conceptualised around a table of stone samples and jelly sweets. MORPH, a collection of marble and terrazzo pieces, was born from the unlikely correlation between these two items and includes the Morph Light, Stool, Bench, Mirror and Cabinet, which all push the boundaries and amplify the personality of natural stone.
The Dialogue Room’s discursive approach, passion for its materials and objective of creating beautiful but functional pieces and spaces that broaden the scope of the capabilities of stone will no doubt make it one to watch.