Guggenheim Museum to Feature DuPont™ Corian® in World-Renowned Designer Zaha Hadid’s Futuristic Kitchen
June 6, 2006
NEW YORK, - World-renowned architect Zaha Hadid will prominently feature the various attributes of DuPont™ Corian® in her latest futuristic kitchen, which is now on display at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City as part of a special exhibition celebrating Hadid’s worldwide projects. Hadid’s design, called Z. Island by DuPont™ Corian®, was unveiled in the United States last weekend and will be highlighted at the Guggenheim until October.
The innovative kitchen, in which Hadid and her design team partnered with DuPont and Ernestomeda, shows the extraordinary possibilities of DuPont™ Corian® solid surfaces that are characteristic of Hadid’s spatial designs. The project, originally developed in Europe, was a collaborative effort between the Italian kitchen brand, Ernestomeda; built-in home appliance manufacturer, Scholtès; and DuPont, a leading supplier of science-based materials, products and technologies.
Hadid’s kitchen concept was made a reality through the unique attributes of Corian®, specifically the material’s versatility and formability. The Z. Island by DuPont™ Corian®, made entirely of Corian®, includes two separate island units: “Fire” (the cooking area) and “Water” (the washing area). In addition, a modular cabinet-wall system (the storage unit) also made of Corian®, complements the two islands.
“The Z. Island by DuPont™ Corian® is an example of how Corian® can be used in any environment in conjunction with other materials,” said Mark Vergnano, vice president and general manager - DuPont Building Innovations. “It exemplifies great design and function. For DuPont, the main goal of the design was to show the capability of Corian® to offer innovation, functionality and superior aesthetics and design while meeting the new possibilities offered by advanced technical solutions.
“The extraordinary design of this kitchen is characteristic of Zaha Hadid, who is renowned for her ability to break down barriers and push the boundaries in design,” Vergnano added. “Thanks to her vision, we were able to create a kitchen that morphs advanced technologies, design techniques and the human senses.”
Z. Island by DuPont™ Corian® is a marriage of aesthetics and function that provides a specific example of how Corian® continuously allows designers to fulfill their artistic visions without compromise. Made in Corian® Glacier White, it is equipped with a special heating membrane; interactive technology features, such as touch control panels, sound activators and scent dispensers; LED lighting; and a multimedia entertainment system, including an iPod and flat screen. The kitchen will be a special, on-request production of Ernestomeda.
DuPont, a leader in science-based materials and technologies, is at the forefront of design and innovation. Initially, Corian® was visible as a flat surface, targeting mostly kitchen and bathroom applications. Then, it was bent, molded and shaped, attracting interest and attention of some top creative minds, becoming a highly specified material of the design world. Later, the capability of Corian® to mix with many other materials was emphasized and, over time, lesser-known properties of Corian®, such as translucency, were highlighted. Recently, as illustrated by Hadid’s kitchen, Corian® has been combined with information technology and other modern hi-tech systems.
As a durable, renewable surfacing material, DuPont™ Corian® has been a top choice for over 35 years because of its unique sculptural qualities, its seamless nature, and its extensive color palette. Available in over 120 colors, from neutral hues to intense tones, coupled with its ability to be thermoformed, backlit, routed, carved, sandblasted, etched or dye-sublimated, Corian® provides unlimited design possibilities. Pricing varies based upon complexity, color and project location. Corian® carries NSF/ANSI 51 certification for food contact and Class 1(A) fire rating.
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