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Customer Spotlight: Cat Eye Countertops with Jerry Michaels and Jim Glinski

Backlit solid surface kitchen countertop using Light Tape® in Cat Eye from STUDIO Collection®

Beautifully backlit solid surface kitchen countertop using Light Tape®, Cat Eye from STUDIO Collection®

Using Cat Eye from the STUDIO Collection® and Light Tape®, Jerry Michaels (the idea man) and Jim Glinski (craftsman and author) create an incredibly unique solid surface kitchen countertop.

Here at SolidSurface.com we enjoy getting to know our customers. It’s always interesting to learn their background, hear their ideas for the solid surface sheet material they purchase, and then see their projects come to life. We had an opportunity to talk with one such customer, Jerry Michaels, and his craftsman, Jim Glinski, about their DIY project and how it turned out.

The Backlit Countertop

Jerry Michaels first came to us with an interesting project in mind for his kitchen remodel. He discovered a product online called Vitrazzo, which is a countertop product made of recycled glass. He found pictures of their product done with backlighting and knew he just had to have a countertop like that. What he also discovered was that the cost was way too expensive. He then set out exploring what other materials Continue reading

Solid Surface Countertops for Cabinetmakers

Wood cabinets with solid surface countertops in a recreational vehicle.

Wood cabinets with solid surface countertops in a recreational vehicle.

Countertops made of solid surface material (i.e., Corian® or HI-MACS®) are an excellent choice and an easy addition to the cabinetmaker’s specialty line.  Cabinetmakers are already extremely skilled and detail-oriented in their ability to create cabinetry for any room type using a variety of materials. Yet many may not realize just how easy it is to add a solid surface countertop to a newly constructed cabinet. Doing this adds value to their products, and service to customers, not to mention extra income for the business. Why outsource that extra step, when one already has the skills and tools necessary to easily complete the project?

For those cabinetmakers already offering granite, quartz or other types of stone countertops, consider giving customers another, and possibly more cost effective, choice in countertop material.

Cabinetmakers Already Have the Tools and Skills Needed

Almost all cabinet shops already have the tools necessary to complete a large percentage of all types of solid surface material fabrication projects. Those tools include: Continue reading

Augmented Reality Countertops Become a Reality with the New “Spaces by Design” App from Corian® Design

Opening screen of the Spaces by Design App from Corian® A/R

The Spaces by Design App from Corian® A/R

Visualize new Corian® Design solid surface colors across entire countertops in your own home using augmented reality (AR*) technology with the Spaces by Design App from Corian® A/R — so go ahead Make Your Space™.

Corian® Design just announced the new Spaces by Design App from Corian® A/R. Rather than using actual small-sized solid surface samples, it is a wonderfully quick and easy way to see how your  kitchen countertops and other surfaces will look in reality with any of the available Corian® Design solid surface or quartz colors. Using an Apple device, the Spaces by Design App provides you with a real-time, interactive experience for resurfacing your existing countertops with Corian® colors. You can even add in a virtual island to match your augmented reality countertops. Whether in your kitchen, bath, laundry, or anywhere you need new surfacing, the Spaces by Design App is a very handy tool.

Small Samples — Problem Solved with the Spaces by Design App

In addition to providing visuals of how your countertop may look, the Spaces by Design App helps solve two long-standing problems customers struggle with.

The first is trying to visualize, and get the proper perspective on, a 2” x 2” or 4” x 4” solid surface sample on a countertop in a large room. For instance, when you place that small sample on a countertop and step back several feet, the small Continue reading

M.R. Walls — Designer Walls Using Corian® Solid Surface by Artist Mario Romano

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).

“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

“BLOOM” back-lit custom wall designed with Corian® solid surface by M.R. Walls

Solid Surface Wall Panels are Low Maintenance

Until recently, solid surface had taken a back seat to the likes of other natural and engineered products, yet its capabilities have been clearly understated and undervalued. The benefits of using Corian® Solid Surface for designer wall panels are numerous. The material is low maintenance, meaning no painting, Continue reading

Manufacturers of Hanex® and Wilsonart® Solid Surface Unite in Joint Facility

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.

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