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Inspired by nature, Mario Romano designs life into his incredible wall panel creations using Corian® Solid Surface, blurring the distinct lines between movement and texture.
“MOUNTAIN” custom solid surface wall by artist and designer Mario Romano (M.R. Walls).
There are many creative things that can be done with versatile Corian® Solid Surface, yet Mario Romano (aka M.R. Walls) has literally taken it to the next level with his wall panels, also commonly referred to as wall cladding. He lives at the “intersection of art and technology,” when it comes to his carved wall panel creations. His breathtaking designs are awe-inspiring, to say the least.
Corian® Design Partners with Mario Romano
Finding a new aesthetic in texture and nature, Corian® Design has partnered with Mario Romano to ensure that solid surface is not just for countertops. With a little modern CNC innovation, M.R. Walls are an architect’s and interior designer’s dream come true. With endless possibilities, one is only limited by his or her imagination. These luxurious, high-end artistic creations bring new meaning to solid surface wall cladding.
“BLOOM” back-lit custom wall designed with Corian® solid surface by M.R. Walls
American Surfacing Materials, LLC, is the new solid surface manufacturing facility borne out of the joint venture between Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces and Hyundai L&C USA. Officials of the two companies gathered together, along with local government officials, for the grand opening ceremony on Thursday, May 16.
Jung Seok Yoo, left, chief executive officer of Hyundai L&C USA, shakes hands with Wilsonart chief executive officer Tim O’Brien at the new American Surfacing Materials manufacturing plant in Temple. Courtesy photo
With the demand for solid surface expanding within the United States, Canada and South America, the joint venture between Hyundai L&C USA and Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces, entered into back in 2017, made sense. Each of them is now able to expand production lines, launch new products and Continue reading →
Corian® Design, in its largest launch to date, recently revealed 15 gorgeous new colors of Corian solid surface for both interior and architectural applications. With aesthetics inspired by nature, these collections more than stimulate imaginative, artistic new design ideas. The 15 new colors of Corian® solid surface are members of five new collections: Aggregate, Terrazzo, Linear, Nuwood, and Onyx, along with two new Solid colors. With these collections, Corian® Design has introduced a vibrant and trendy palette for consumers, designers and architects to re-imagine spaces that express their own design tastes.
In keeping with the Corian® Design “Make Your Space™” innovative direction, the vision of these new aesthetics comes from a diverse range of areas–from the beauty of a forest to mid-century modern design to translucent stone to industrial decor. Let’s take a deeper look into these striking collections.
Corian Carbon Aggregate solid surface countertops in a residential kitchen
The TERRAZZO Collection
The Terrazzo collection speaks to a mid-century modern aesthetic. Three new colors of Corian® combine timeless backgrounds with angular elements of white, gray, and black: Domino Terrazzo features a white Continue reading →
It is now easier than ever to install solid surface wall and shower panels using Avonite Surfaces® up-to-60” wide sheets. The extra wide solid surface wall and shower panels also save on material costs. For the DIY’er, that’s huge!
There are many reasons to use Avonite Surfaces®, or another brand of solid surface material, for your bathroom tub surrounds and shower walls. Not only are the colors and patterns aesthetically pleasing, ease of cleaning, antiseptic properties, and durability are among the top advantages. Shown below are the Avonite Surfaces® colors that are available in the extra wide solid surface wall and shower panels:
Extra wide solid surface wall and shower panels available in these eight colors
Once you’ve decided to surround yourself with Avonite Surfaces® solid surface for your shower or bath project, it’s time to get down to the nuts and bolts of installing the extra wide solid surface wall and shower panels.
Installing Shower and Bathtub Walls (Surrounds)
Let’s start out determining how many sheets of material you will need. For bathtub surrounds, the long wall will need only one sheet of the extra wide width, instead of two of the traditional 30” wide sheets. Choose from 30”, 36”, 48”, 54”, or 60” wide by 96” or 144” long from the Avonite Surfaces® line of acrylic Continue reading →
August of 2017 marked the launch of the new Corian® Design — Make Your Space™ brand introduction. The DuPont Corian® Brand unveiled a whole new look and a whole new way to express and inspire design within its brand. With marketing focused on a new generation of consumers, Corian® Design has found a way to celebrate the role that surfaces play in the realm of design innovation and aesthetics to enable the ultimate in design inspiration.
Fast forward to the 2019 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Here, Corian® Design unveiled the largest and boldest aesthetics introduction ever in an unparalleled display of novel colors and design possibilities. Trend-setting displays showcased new products, materials and textures, as well as advances in illumination for bathing areas, all to the delight of designers and attendees alike.
The 2019 KBIS Corian® Design “Make Your Space™” Booth
Corian® Design derives its inspiration from assorted realms, such as that found in nature, or translucent stone, or from industrial Continue reading →
Looking for that “WOW” factor in your next project? Aristech Surfaces’ brand of STUDIO Collection® solid surface delivers that and more with its visually inspiring design resin material. The STUDIO Collection® is perfect for architectural design applications and is offered online at SolidSurface.com in more than 50 luxurious colors.
Beautiful, Durable and Flexible
This highly workable, durable and thermoformable collection of rich design resin material covers the spectrum when it comes to brilliant chromas, natural neutrals and sparkling metallics. The proprietary resin blend is unique in that it mixes just the right measure of transparent, translucent and opaque polymers to produce endless design possibilities. Soft and velvety to the touch, these STUDIO Collection® colors feel as good as they look.
Amber Glass, Irish Bell and Catalina, STUDIO Collection®
The STUDIO Collection® Series
The Chromatix™ Program
In addition to the in-production colors of the STUDIO Collection®, more options are now available. The Chromatix™ program offers your choice of any combination of color and light that you can imagine. The are four design series to choose from, each with their own unique shapes and layers within the Continue reading →
SolidSurface.com now offers Aristech Surfaces’ complete line of Avonite Surfaces® Solid Surface and STUDIO Collection® Design Resin online.
SolidSurface.com® is thrilled to announce the expansion of its online offerings to include the full line of Avonite Surfaces® and STUDIO Collection® products by Aristech Surfaces LLC, a global leader in surface and design materials. The expanded relationship with Aristech Surfaces® allows online shoppers the ability to view, choose and purchase any of the stunning colors and size options in the Avonite Surfaces® and STUDIO Collection® product families. SolidSurface.com® provides significantly increased exposure and availability to its online audience—an expansion that is a clear win for Avonite Surfaces® and STUDIO Collection® customers.
Avonite Surfaces® Solid Surface
The Avonite Surfaces® family of products sets the new standard, by providing the largest assortment of standard sheet sizes in the industry. Flexible width, length and thickness options are all now available on SolidSurface.com® as a standard offering. Customers can order online in variable sizes for their Continue reading →
Recently announced–the Grand Prize Winners of the 2018 Corian® Design Awards for Outstanding Design: Furling, designed by davisthomas; and Tweed Terrace House, designed by Raunik Design Group. Each year since 2006, CASF Australia, a national distributor of Corian® solid surface, provides the platform for the design awards that recognize local designers in their field of expertise for their creative use of Corian® solid surface.
Two winners are selected at the end of each quarter (March, June, September and December) from two categories, Residential and Commercial. Then, the winner from each category is placed in the pool of candidates from the entire year. After that, the overall winners are selected from there.
The 2018 Corian® Design Awards Grand Prize Winners were chosen based on their exceptional ingenuity and astounding creativity, the type of talent for which the Australian design community is known. The Award recognizes innovators of the uses for Corian® and their abilities to transform ideas into projects previously thought to be unachievable.
The Furling Project
The winner of the Commercial category is Furling. Furling is a large-scale sculpture designed by davisthomas, artists who specialize in sculptural, installation-based projects for public spaces. Intertwining historical, current social, environmental and physical elements into their discovery process, the project was inspired by the nautical history of the wharf in the Brisbane river and Mary Street area. Consequently, davisthomas chose Corian® solid surface in Venaro White as their material. Corian® offered the creative opportunity davisthomas was seeking, coupled with its ability to move beyond everyday purpose, thereby making the sculpture robust and maintenance-free.
The Furling project was davisthomas’ first experience with Corian®. In particular, they were impressed with its responsiveness and fluidity. Additionally, they were pleased with the ease of fixing, seaming and finishing the material.
From the Designer
“Corian® made this project possible. The flexibility of the material’s thermoforming capabilities combined with the near seamless bonding capability of the joint adhesive allowed us to produce 9m linear planks that flow and glide up the side of the wall. Creating a majestic, dynamic sculptural artwork with a high quality finish.”
– Lubi Thomas and Adrian Davis
From the Judges
“This is a highly skilled and innovative implementation of Corian® to create a striking sculptural element.”
The winner of the Residential category is Tweed Terrace, a luxury home at Duranbah on the Gold Coast. Originally, the idea was envisioned by Mexican architect Javier Senosiain, then subsequently brought to fruition by Raunik Design Group. The organic design uses curves, thereby mimicking the ebb and flow of the sea, as opposed to angles–a sharp and complimentary contrast to the surrounding high-rises.
The smooth, curved design continues throughout the interior of the home, with custom finishes and a futuristic flare in woodworking craftsmanship. Careful color selections were made to suit the purposes of the rooms. Corian® Glacier White in matte finish was used for the bed surround. The vanity tops, with integrated basins, were done in Antarctica with a gloss finish.
From the Designer
“We wanted a product that looks like it flows with the curved walls and emerges from the wall. We wanted it to have its own form and dissipate in its own way.”
– Scott Bowden, Project Leader, Raunik Design Group
From the Judges
“Language of organic forms created by Corian® creates futuristic simplicity and fluidity throughout the entire house. Shows the versatility of the product.”
The 2018 Grand Prize Winners of the Corian® Design Awards will be sent to Japan for a tour of the Corian® production facility. All finalists receive global and editorial exposure through the DuPont™ Network. Corian® Design Awards for 2019 is now open to all specifiers, architects/designers and students. In addition, shop fitters and Corian® fabricators may also enter on behalf of a designer.
Check it out! SolidSurface.com launched a new website! One of the primary goals of the new site was to enhance the overall experience for visitors searching for solid surface sheet material and related products. To further our goal of an improved customer experience, we’re also very excited to announce our new interactive custom bathroom vanity top designer. The look and feel of the new website might be different, yet it boasts all the same great products. Explore the many new features to enrich your shopping and educational experience!
Since there is so much to explore, we thought it would be helpful to highlight some of the most important, time-saving enhancements, such as:
The new experience of sheet material;
Intelligent material recommendations;
A visual custom vanity top design tool;
Smart search capabilities; and
Advanced account tools for business customers – coming soon.
There is something for everyone on this site, whether you are a DIY homeowner, a designer, or professional contractor or remodeler.
Fitting in isn’t always easy and poses a significant challenge when trying to literally strike a balance between historic buildings and new construction. Axel Schoenert Architectes (ASA) architectural studio has accomplished that using Corian® Exteriors solid surface customized panels in its renovation of the “Shift,” a Parisian office compound housing co-working spaces.
The project involved three buildings in the heart of the Saint-Lazare railway station district at 54 rue de Londres in Paris, France. The challenge of the undertaking was to transform three buildings from the 1930’s, the 1840’s and the 19th century to provide balanced symmetry and identity in the urban setting while at the same time providing sustainability.
Dynamic District Location
Ideally positioned in the heart of the dynamic district of the Saint-Lazare railway station, the office complex has been entirely restyled and renovated to make it modern, innovative and functional, while importantly respecting its urban environment and its history.
A Balanced Approach
ASA studio used a different approach for each of the three buildings that led to the creation of one new construction and a major renovation and restructuration of two historic buildings.
The main challenge was to give the spaces a balanced symmetry, that was fragmented due to a succession of different architectural and historical sequences, and to provide a strong overall identity, especially for the façade on rue de Londres.
By creating a sculpted 3D appearance, ASA studio wanted to add value and give new life to the imposing façade on rue de Londres. The idea was to use a geometric patterned cladding resembling an Origami, the Japanese art of folding paper.