Someone new to solid surface recently commented on a LinkedIn discussion chain how amazed they were about the variety of things you could do with Corian®. As I take a monthly look at how the world is using Corian® it is easy to forget how clever the product is when you work with it all the time. Here are some examples of the very best in design with Corian®.
h3. Corian® is the jewel in the crown
Sticking with Northern European design and turning to Sweden next, there is this funky take on a necklace from Cooee Design is warm to touch and the most tactile of materials. It looks like solid blocks have been turned to make the individual and unique shapes. The effect is, yet again, a new twist on an age-old piece of jewellery.
No longer is Corian® limited to kitchens or bathrooms when designers are viewing it as one of their palette of materials for setting free their creativity.
h3. Corian® goes interplanetary....
From Europe over to Korea, where designers KAMKAM have come up with this interesting take on the side table. In its own way, it is is clean and simple like the Troche tables above but this table uses a stone-effect Corian® which helps to link the table more to the planetary theme of the design.
In the designers own words "_PLANET is a table with two extra disks providing convenience for a variety of activities: using a laptop, drinking beverages, reading books, etc. Moreover, each disk revolves around a larger one to provide an efficient environment and allow a flexible arrangement of objects._"
I love this explanation of how KAMKAM approaches design, "Our dream is to have the time and space to conceptualize, construct and share whatever comes to our minds.
We want to transform all this darkness to show every single one of its colors."
I think the table takes their ethos and puts it into reality as the smaller table tops can rotate round the larger fixed one just as the planets rotate round the sun.
h3. Underwater adventure..
To finish off this month, we're back in Sweden with designer Markus Johansson claim is that "_The only thing that matters to me is to develop, shape and never repeat._"
Well, with this Corian® octopus, he certainly has created an beautiful form that echos the floating elegance of the sea creature.
I will leave it to Markus himself to explain the thought process - "_Unexpected experiences and surprises wait deep down on the ocean floor: a body with many arms which sweeps along and lights up the depth. Arrogant and presumptuous, there is no doubt about who is the ruler down here. A lonely but never the less unafraid character with forms born out of the resemblance to other inhabitants of the deep depths._"
The character is ‘CIRRATA’, a glowing lamp in the darkness of the ocean. Markus Johansson has created a series of lamps that challenges all ideas about what is possible to make out of the material Corian®.
From tables to lamps and over to jewellery, the diversity of products being designed with Corian® is a wonderful testament to its versatility. I think that designers sometimes see it as a challenge to push the material's capabilities further and further and they search for new inspiration and whilst this continues we will be able to sit back and enjoy the world of Corian® design.