The Joys of Corian!

Today we picked up some new samples from one of our suppliers, Batimat Building Materials. We collected our 10 x 10 cm squared DuPont tiles and proceeded to enter into a discussion as to “why do we always use Corian?”

Corian is the brand name for a solid surface material created by DuPont.

It is composed of acrylic polymer and alumina trihydrate. Corian can be thermoformed by heating it to 300°F (150°C), allowing unique shapes to be created. We primarily use Corian for counter work tops at the point of sale in shops we design or in restaurants, cafes and display units.

Corian has many competitors in the market, such as LG HI-MAC, Marlan, Samsung’s Staron line and Durasolid.

The key arguments for our continued use of Corian as opposed to its competitors involved many words that ended in the suffix “ility”:

Flexibility – Corian can be moulded into all shapes and form

Adaptability – Corian has a wider range of colour patterns as opposed to its rivals.

Sustainability – Corian can melted down, recycled or reused!

Durability – Corian does not wear away under general wear and tear, where other products might.

Due to its non-porous quality, Corian is approved for use in specialized environments, such as laboratories and hospitals.

The main issue for our clients is the cost of Corian, but due to its flexibility, adaptability, sustainability and durability Corian is often a much more reliable material in the long run than its competitors.

Below we have shown the use of Corian at the DuPont Corian Philadelphia Showroom designed by industrial designer Harry Allen the images below show how Corian can be used to create wonderful design features.