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Product> SpecSheet: Six Super Surfacing Treatments

Long the workhorses of finishes, composites have come a long way. Mineral- or wood-based, polymers, ceramics—new chemistries and production methods have expanded the both the performance range and the aesthetic qualities of these surface materials. Here are six new products that are as durable as they are attractive. Neolith TheSize Neolith (pictured at top) combines some of the finest natural raw materials available with the most advanced industrial technology to provide cutting-edge surface materials for both interior and exterior installations. The products combine functionality and beauty in sintered porcelain slabs of 5mm or 10mm thicknesses for cladding and countertop surfaces, respectively. The natural materials include clays, feldspar, silica, and mineral oxides for exciting color options all of which contribute to excellent wearability and a long life that does not require any special care, just water and a mild detergent for cleaning. In addition the material is lightweight, waterproof, hygienic and resistant to high temperatures, scratches, and abrasions. TechTop LG Hausys TechTop is a surface with wireless charging capabilities. The technology is seamlessly embedded into the HI-MACS surface with a single hidden connection to the outlet. TechTop utilizes Qi inductive charging technology—the universal standard for wireless charging of battery-operated mobile devices. Electricity is transmitted wirelessly via electromagnetic fields instead of cables. HI-MACS surfaces hold a transmitter coil that generates a magnetic field through an alternating current. The field resonates with the receiver (in this case, a mobile device) and induces up to 5 watts of voltage. TechTop surface-embedded wireless charging maintains a safe transfer of power thanks to an integral high voltage and overheating detector. Without an exposed conductor there is minimal risk of fire hazard or electric shock. Twill Collection Arborite Fashion meets interior design with Twill, a new laminate pattern from Arborite. It combines the warmth of fabric with the playful nature of graphics to create a friendly and visually soft surface. By making the texture more illustrative, Twill becomes a versatile pattern, suited for formal and casual environments alike. With seven color options ranging from vibrant to neutral, it can be used as a background texture or pulled to the forefront for a friendly, confident effect. Deep Nocturne DuPont Corian Deep Nocturne is a classic jet black solid surfacing that utilizes proprietary DeepColor technology from DuPont Surfaces to achieve greater depth of color and improved durability. Other attributes include improved colorfastness in hot and wet environments and ease of fabrication and installation. In addition to the new aesthetics and functionality the material is more durable, reducing the scratch appearance by fifty percent and increasing resistance to impact whitening. There are eleven new colors with Corian DeepColor technology: Deep Anthracite, Deep Bedrock, Deep Black Quartz, Deep Caviar, Deep Espresso, Deep Mink, Deep Nocturne, Deep Night Sky, Deep Sable, Deep Space and Deep Storm. Formica Laminate Jonathan Adler Collection Formica The Formica Laminate Jonathan Adler Collection comprises nine bold new color and pattern combinations designed to make countertops pop and surfaces shine. The collection is the combination of Formica Corporation’s unmatched design flexibility and performance with Adler’s signature aesthetic of irreverent luxury. The new color and pattern combinations are perfect for countertops, backsplashes, vanities, cabinets and more. “Lacquered Linen”, inspired by mid-century modern furniture, is available in green, orange, charcoal, and crème. It features a glossy finish for a new spin on a classic texture. “Malachite”, inspired by precious stones and patterns of the 60s and 70s, is available in crisp blue and a subtle charcoal, both with a glossy finish. “Greek Key”, a timeless motif made modern with bold color and scale, is available tone-on-tone with a matte finish in orange, blue, and charcoal. Linear Line Smith & Fong Inspired by the depth and movement of hand loomed fabric, the Linear Line of bamboo panels feature a carved face layer that is perforated to reveal a graphic inner core. For interior use, the collection is available in six architecturally inspired styles. The Linear Line is made from 100-percent FSC-Certified bamboo, which is also rapidly renewable and free of urea formaldehyde. The ¾-inch-thick sheets are 4-foot by 8-foot and are available pre-finished or unfinished in Amber or Natural colors. Linear Line panels can contribute toward three different USGBC LEED credits (MR 6 Rapidly Renewable Materials; MR 7 Certified Wood EQ 4.4 Low-Emitting Materials, Composite Wood). Panels can be specified CARB Phase II-compliant or100% FSC-certified bamboo/urea formaldehyde-free.
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Product> The Comprehensive New York Design Week 2013 Roundup

New York's inaugural design week, held from May 10 through 21, was a comprehensive, two-week celebration of all things design across Manhattan island, as well as parts of Brooklyn. Showcasing the latest from industry stalwarts to emerging and independent designers—local, domestic, and international—AN culled its top picks of New York Design Week products from the ICFF show floor, Wanted Design exhibitions, showroom launches, and all events in between.  The Low Collection 13&9 Design The multidisciplinary Austrian design studio debuted at Wanted Design with a collection of furniture, wearable fashion and accessories, a cinematic video, and a music album. With the Low Collection (pictured above), Corian is formed into several seating styles that combine with storage vessels, all at ground level. Suitable for outdoors, furniture heights can be modified to generate a unique landscape. Cartesian Chair Alexander Purcell Rodrigues Named for Descartes's coordinate system, the Cartesian chair is made from aircraft-grade aluminum with an anodized finish for extreme durability. Mathematically generated, subtle texture on the back is realized via parametric design tools. Stool 60 Special Editions Artek Originally designed by Alvar Aalto in 1933, Artek celebrates 80 years of production with special updates by guest designers including Mike Meiré, Tom Dixon, Commes des Garcons, Mads Norgaard, and Nao Tamura. Special Edition by Brooklyn-based designer Tamura features screen-printed tree rings directly onto the seat to unify the lifespan of a tree with the longevity of Stool 60. Regent Street Mirror Avenue Road Debuting its second collection with Avenue Road, Yabu Pushelberg launched seven new pieces with its production partner for 2013. Regent Street is a full length dressing mirror with a functional, glass-topped shelf, supported by a polished nickel frame. Minikitchen Boffi Made from Corian with a solid teak chopping board, Boffi's mobile, outdoor kitchen unit can be repositioned easily on swiveling castors. It also features space for a mini-refrigerator, small cutlery drawers, electrical appliance sockets, and a pull-out worktop. Maharam Shell Chair Project Carl Hansen Carl Hansen has collaborated with Maharam textiles on the Maharam Shell Chair Project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of CH07's design. For this special collection, 20 of Wegner's Shell Chairs will feature a range of re-edition designs from Wiener Werksẗatte and Alexander Girard, as well as collaborations with Hella Jongerius and Paul Smith. Tuareg Foscarini The frame of Ferruccio Laviani's Tuareg floor lamp is marked by three metal tubes that house fully adjustable LED light sources. At 82 inches in height and 50 inches in width, it is available in Orange and Black. Curl Luceplan Industrial designer Sebastian Bergne designed Curl with adjustable white, LED technology which allows users to change the light temperature quickly and easily. And with no established base, the fixture can be set in any position for endless configurations of ambient light. Pleat Box Marset Featured in the "Design: Istanbul–Turkey" showcase at Wanted Design, the Pleat Box lighting pendant is designed by Mashallah Design in collaboration with Barcelona ceramicist Xavier Mañosa. Recycling various enamels produces a white ceramic, brown, black, terracotta or gray exterior and is finished with a glossy white or gold interior. Røros Tweed Blanket Snøhetta Debuting this spring, Mountainfold, Color Noise, and Islandskap are Snøhetta-conceived patterns on Norwegian-manufactured Røros Tweed. On Mountainfold, the design was derived from the famous mountain peak in Dovre, Norway (and the firm's namesake), and is available in six colorways. Heze Trove Geometric, circular patterns are rendered in blurred strokes on wood veneer, matte foil wallpaper, PVC-free Type II Redeux, embossed Type II Marquee, or in bamboo and rice textures for windows. A 12-foot by 67-inch panel shows no vertical repeats. Exquisite Wink Wolf-Gordon For its booth at ICFF, Wolf-Gordon commissioned 10 leading designers and artists to demonstrate the benefits of Wink, a clear, dry-erase coating that can be applied to any smooth surface. Featured sketches and designs in the "Exquisite" installation came from Snarkitecture, Ali Tayar, karlssonwilker, Michael Graves, Boym Partners, Myles Karr, and Ben Katchor.
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A Corian Carnival in SoHo

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Brooklyn-based Associated Fabrication realized all the merchandise displays, benching, shelving, and cash wraps for Melissa Shoes in Pearl Gray Corian.

Before Kinky Boots came to Broadway, Melissa Shoes opened shop in SoHo. The Brazilian shoe brand, known for its use of brightly colored, recycled PVC material and collaborations with designers like Jason Wu, Vivienne Westwood, and Gareth Pugh, opened its first U.S. boutique in the states last year. With the help of local architecture firm Eight Inc. and Brooklyn-based Associated Fabrication, a distinguished aesthetic was achieved that supports the original Sao Paulo shop's rotating art theme, but with a much cleaner slate of epoxy floors and Pearl Gray Corian bollard-like merchandise displays. Working from two-dimensional drawings provided by the architects, Jeffrey Taras of Associated Fabrication used Rhino to model the 34 display platforms. Taras grouped the displays, which resemble blunted stalagmites, into categories of varying heights and configurations—single columns in four different heights, double columns in two groupings, and one cluster of three columns.
  • Fabricators Associated Fabrication
  • Architects Eight Inc.
  • Location New York
  • Date of Completion 2012
  • Material Corian, plywood, MDF
  • Process Rhino, CNC mill
"A lot of this [project] was production engineering and breaking down the pieces into as few parts as possible to ease assembly," explained Taras. "We also had to figure out how to break the pieces down to form the Corian the way it had to be done." Each stand is hollow and constructed from five different parts of thermal-formed Corian. The base radius is made from two pieces, the shell extrusion is also two pieces, and a single portion at the top completes the unit. Since a seamless connection between the pieces was necessary to achieve the aesthetic, there was almost not tolerance for error in the fabrication process. After each stand was modeled in Rhino, the fabricators used a CNC milling machine to cut molds from plywood and medium density fiberboard. Taras created a single mold for the base ring components of all 34 stands and another uniform mold was created for the shell extrusions. Varying heights were achieved by trimming the extrusions. The caps, vary by diameter; the taller ones are smaller because of a more tapered extrusion, and the shorter ones are wider. Thus Taras created different molds for the top pieces of the varying heights. As each of the components was assembled, it was run through a trim jig to exactly meet the other seams. "The most challenging units were the double units, and the combination of three stands spliced together," Taras said. "We created a full piece assembly, created a custom jig for the CNC mill, and then cut out matching surfaces for each of the pieces that formed the units." The jig was also designed in Rhino, and cut on the CNC mill. The completed units were finely sanded and were placed as freestanding displays in the boutique. Associated Fabrication was also responsible for 18 small and six large shelves—affixed to the walls with a stainless steel pin and silicone—six mirror bases, 11 benches, and two cash wraps, all made from Corian. A new table is also currently being made for the space.
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Su11’s K-Residence: Associated Fabrication

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A combination banquette and shelving system gives a young family a new way to live in a 620-square-foot apartment.

Corian has become a darling of the digital fabrication set, its reputation as a dowdy countertop material giving way to explorations of the acrylic as a shape-shifting wonder with practical applications, from healthcare environments to art installations. For a couple that had nearly outgrown a 620-square-foot Murray Hill apartment, Corian served handily in the form of a new banquette and shelving unit that allowed the family to grow into the space, rather than move out of it. The project’s designer, su11 architecture + design, hired Brooklyn-based Associated Fabrication to create its vision of a functional sculpture that morphs from bench to windowsill to storage space.
  • Fabricator Associated Fabrication
  • Architect su11 architecture + design
  • Location New York, New York
  • Completion Date November 2010
  • Material DuPont Corian
  • Process Thermoforming
Associated began by deconstructing su11’s seamless form, taking into account everything from material constraints to the width of openings in the clients’ building to create optimally machineable segments. In the mock-up phase, the team selected the area with the most complex geometry to establish base constraints for molding and finishing the pieces. Using Mastercam software, they CNC-milled molds and template guides for each section. These were used to thermoform the sheets of 1/2-inch glacier white Corian that make up most of the unit. During the thermoforming process the sheets were shaped around double-sided molds or with a silicone press at a temperature of about 350 degrees. The molded parts were trimmed and matched to neighboring parts, then seamed together with Corian and attached to a plywood substructure in sections. Once on site, the team secured a plywood frame to the apartment’s walls and floor, then assembled and sealed the sections together with more Corian. “Corian is probably the material that’s most similar to the anti-material that you design with on the computer,” said William Mowat, one of Associated Fabrication’s founders. The unit reads as a continuous form thanks to a careful three-day process of sanding the seams between sections to achieve the transition between the Corian and walls. The system provides seating, a heating unit cover, and a display space and headboard all at once, without the bulk that furniture for each of those functions would add to the tiny apartment. The 10-foot-long banquette is about 2 feet deep and the 12-by-10-foot shelf is about 13 inches deep, keeping almost all of the floor space clear. In place, the piece allows the space to function as two rooms, giving the clients an area to eat and lounge with their two young boys during waking hours, and transforming it into their bedroom at night, when small slits in the underside of the shelving reveal LED lights underneath. The matte Corian is also easy to clean and fingerprint-proof, the perfect solution for a bustling and growing family.
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Acconci Gets In on the Ground Floor

What do kitchen counter tops, shower-wall cladding, and the Grand Concourse have in common? Corian, of course. Thanks to performance-artist-turned-designer (and Bronx native) Vito Acconci and Acconci Studio designers Adam Jakubowski and Bradley Rothenberg, the Bronx Museum can now boast its very own DuPont fabricated sculpture. Acconci’s large, porous installation is titled Lobby-For-The-Time-Being and provides an imaginative, fabric-like reconsideration of the now ubiquitous polymer, originally developed in 1967 to replace human bones. In what seems like the most recent installment in a worldwide series of Corian-centric, site-specific sculpture, Lobby-For-The-Time-Being incorporates seating (take that Philadelphia), as well as lighting and projections by Taylor Levy and Che-Wei Wang. Technically, Acconci’s first foray into architecture was way back in 1971, the year the Bronx Museum opened. Though it’s unlikely anyone remembers Seedbed for its central wooden structure...
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The City of Benchly Love

It would seem Philadelphia has a bit of a seating fixation going on with this year's Design Philadelphia event. First there was the new Veyko subway chairs, and now—as you've noticed if you've been out wandering the streets of town during October—more than a dozen seats/sculptures scattered about, all cut from DuPont Corian, all created by prominent local designers. Reading-based C.H. Briggs, the interiors supplier, decided it wanted to celebrate Philly's top designers and the city's popular public spaces by commissioning them to create site-specific seating from that most ubiquitous of building materials. The results will only officially be up through the end of the month, though Briggs is currently negotiating with the city and certain institutions to donate the pieces so that they might find a permanent home—not unlike those damn cow parades that were so popular earlier in the decade, though at least these seats have a far greater purpose. You can see a slideshow of all 14 here.