For professionals of architecture/design


"I have always seen Corian® as a material that symbolizes total abstraction - the materialisation of an “absence” ... How do you make an absence present? That is the difficult and eternal question for an architect who wants to keep the poetry of the design while making it a reality. This is the main reason why I was passionate about the proposition of designing a space in Corian® that talked about light…. For the “Corian® Nouvel Lumières project”, I have attempted to reveal domestic atmospheres linked with the skin of Corian® and with this diffusing, intriguing power that gives the material different degrees of translucency…. I also wanted to play with the contrast between the monolithic look of Corian® and the sense of refinement that is contained in its mass. … I reveal it by playing with back-lighting, with bas-relief engraving, and with the abstraction of patterns interacting with the attraction of luminescence… Purity, precision, integration of artistic designs: this is the conviction that shapes the space of “Corian® Nouvel Lumières”, and its “raison d’être” of existing beyond the pleasure that I have attempted to manipulate into this material of illusion. …. ”

Jean Nouvel, April 2007

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