Corian is a patented solid surface material from the US chemical company DuPont. It has mineral-organic components, which is why it is given similar external properties as marble - only better, as about pore-less and acid-resistant. Developed in the laboratories of DuPont, the material was patented in 1968 and first came on the market in 1971. The inventor is the chemist dr. Donald Slocum. The material consists of two-thirds of the mineral gibbsite and one-third of the thermoplastic material polymethylmethacrylate, colloquially known as Plexiglas. These two components are combined in the manufacturing process by catalysts and curing agents. Then you can do a lot with Corian and process it into seamless surfaces, design accessories and even façade cladding.
After the development of the new mineral-organic composite material at the end of the sixties, manufacturer DuPont demonstrated its properties by means of bath and kitchen sinks, which could be seamlessly connected to a worktop. To date, these are classic locations of Corian.
It can be worked, sawn and milled like wood (and with a wood tool!) And is also three-dimensionally deformable and connectable by heat. No wonder it was traded as a space era material! (Nevertheless you should not cut directly on Corian or put boiling hot on it - the material can be scratched, but it can be easily removed.)
Not only kitchens and bathrooms are popular locations, but also operating rooms and laboratories, where jointless, non-porous work surfaces are important for hygienic reasons, are built with them. In addition, the mineral material is non-allergenic. More everyday uses can be found, for example, in front doors like this one from a project by Reis Möbelsysteme: it was coated with green Corian.
There is the composite material in over 100 colors, even individual special tones can be made. The material is completely dyed through.
The beauty of the composite is that it can take on almost any shape and is therefore particularly suitable for individual projects far away from established standards. The worktop of this polygonal shaped kitchen unit in a project by Reinhardt Jung Architekten consists of Corian. Even on facades you can find it already, as well as a seat shell or whole store furnishings.
Incidentally, a somewhat less well-known alternative with almost identical properties is LG Hausys' "Hi-Macs" composite material.
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