DuPont Chair & CEO Ellen Kullman visited the DuPont™ Corian® Design Studio on a recent trip to New York City, where she had the chance to see the studio’s Corian® design vignettes that offer inspiration to the Big Apple’s design community.
Renowned New York-based architects Michael Morris and Yoshiko Sato, of Morris Sato Studio, custom designed the Corian® Studio using cutting-edge lighting, sound and shape technology. During her visit, Ellen was able to view the unique, starry-sky lighting made from 74 pieces of thermoformed Corian® solid surface material, which makes the space uniquely inviting and exciting. She also was able to see handsome feature walls, conference tables, office work stations and other distinctive uses of Corian®.
The DuPont™ Corian® Design Center in Manhattan’s Gramercy-Flatiron neighborhood is located just west of Madison Square Park in an area rich in history that is well-known for its iconic architecture. The Studio’s 5,000 square feet of permanent installations feature Corian® solid surface material in a wide variety of commercial and residential settings. It is a special showcase for DuPont™ Corian® applications, and it is a place where architects and designers alike can explore the latest uses of the material for their projects.
“The DuPont™ Corian Design Studio is a true collaboratory and workspace,” said Doug Baker, North America director for DuPont Building Innovations. “It’s a center of creativity where the design community can meet to consult directly with experts to realize their creative visions with Corian®. When it comes to Corian®, we like to say ‘if you can dream it, you can create it,’ and the Studio is tangible proof that Corian® solid surface offers endless possibilities in design.”
Chris Whitelaw, director of Research and Development for Evans & Paul, is a leading designer, fabricator and installer of DuPont™ Corian® brand solid surface material and treated Ellen’s guests to a personal tour of the studio, including its full-size hospital operating room made of Corian®. There, Whitelaw explained the future plans Building Innovations has for focusing on the use of Corian® material in health care settings, where the product’s nonporous and easy-to-clean qualities can help facilities managers easily keep these surfaces clean, contributing to safer patient environments.