DuPont Open Design Studios to Show Off Building Surfaces

DuPont and key value chain partners have opened two studios to showcase the latest innovations and applications for DuPont Corian and Zodiaq surfaces. The first-of-their-kind in the United States, the ultramodern DuPont Corian Design Studios are located in Philadelphia's Marketplace Design Center and in the visual arts-centric Flatiron district of New York City.

The DuPont(TM) Corian® Design Studio in New York City showcases new designs and applications for Corian® surfaces such as this bench, lighting and bedroom suite.

Created to inspire and support architects and designers, each studio showcases the versatility and functionality of Corian in three-dimensional applications using the latest design technologies. Both studios will feature designer exhibits.

"The studios will highlight Corian as a multi-dimensional design material that has reinvented itself for over 40 years to provide sustainable, inventive and modern designs that are bringing homes and offices into the 21st century," said Thomas F. Schuler, vice president and general manager -- DuPont Building Innovations. "They give us a direct link to our customers so we can continue to provide innovative products that are relevant and readily available. These studios give us the opportunity to showcase that offering."

DuPont partnered with C.H. Briggs, one of the largest distributors of DuPont Surfaces, to unveil the downtown space in Philadelphia, the third city to be home to a DuPont Corian Design Studio following Milan and New York City.

DuPont, surface solutions provider Evans & Paul and marketing distributor Dolan & Traynor recently unveiled the DuPont Corian Design Studio in New York City as an interactive workshop.

The Philadelphia studio is open to the public and to architects and designers who can schedule one-on-one appointments through www.designstudio.corian.com/phila. Architects and designers can make one-on-one appointments at the New York-based DuPont Corian Design Studio through www.designstudio.corian.com.

DuPont Corian is a material that can be thermoformed into custom shapes and contours, sandblasted, routed, carved, laser-etched and backlit, making it ideal for a wide range of residential and commercial applications. It is a nonporous, high-performing and easy-to-maintain solid surface that can be fabricated into virtually seamless surfaces.

With proper cleaning, DuPont Corian does not promote the growth of mold, mildew or bacteria. It meets all of the 18 preferred characteristics outlined in the 2006 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospital and Health Care Facilities as the ideal healthcare surface to help facilitate improved infection control. Nontoxic and nonallergenic to humans, DuPont Corian also has received NSF/ANSI 51 Certification for food contact and Class (A) fire rating.

In commercial environments, DuPont Zodiaq quartz surface can be used in a variety of applications including conference tables, work stations and service countertops; restroom vanities and partitions; hot and cold buffets; as well as backsplashes, wainscoting and wall cladding. Zodiaq is nonporous and when properly cleaned does not promote the growth of mold, mildew or bacteria. More information on the entire DuPont Surfaces portfolio is available at surfaces.dupont.com.

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