New materials hit the market every day. Therefore, we need to stay on top of things to take full advantage of them professionally and enhance innovative and creative capabilities, especially in interior decoration and architecture. One of these new synthetic materials that is all the rage now is Corian, which was developed by the US-based multinational DuPont Company, to be used on solid surfaces.
It is so fashionable nowadays that you would think it was created in this 21st century. This is not the case, however. The product was first formulated in 1963 using acrylic resin and calcium carbonate. Four years later, in 1967, it became known as Corian, and serial production began in 1969. The formula developed by DuPont was changed in 1970 consisting then of one third acrylic resin and two thirds aluminum hydroxide, and it has not changed since.
where does its success come from?
Thanks to its versatility and durability, it can be used in multiple ways. Its many applications cover practically all areas of design: furniture, facades, bathrooms, kitchens, and so much more, because it is easy to carve (like wood), shape and mold through thermoforming; it comes in a wide range of colors; and it can be combined perfectly with other building materials.
The following is a list of its principal features and benefits:
Corian is not altered by ultraviolet radiation making it a suitable material for exteriors.
Because of its thermoformability, it can be easily shaped and molded to make designs without any visible joints. The pieces are fixed together with a special adhesive, which allows creating large objects with a near seamless appearance.
It is nonporous. Minor damage can be removed by rubbing with non-abrasive household cleaners or by sanding, while more serious damage can be repaired on site. Because it is a homogeneous material, the surfaces can be restored by general sanding, in a similar way to how it is done on wood.
It is an inert material and, in case of fire, the resulting combustion gases are non-toxic.
It can be worked with carpentry tools and admits bas-reliefs.
When using Corian for external cladding, uniform and minimalist volume is created.
Because it is translucent, it is ideal for lamps, novel furniture designs and retro-illuminated decorative elements.
It is fully waterproof and antibacterial, making it a good option for use in hospitals, labs or surgical areas, among other places requiring a high level of asepsis.
Despite its many attributes, Corian has its drawbacks. For example, it can be deformed by excessive heat, the surface can be scratched with relative ease, and it is sensitive to a number of chemicals, such as acetone and certain solvents.
care and maintenance
Care and maintenance of furniture made with Corian is kept to a minimum. Because it is nonporous, stains cannot penetrate and are easy to wipe off. Thanks to this advantage and the absence of joints, Corian surfaces make cleaning easy and inhibit bacterial growth. Hence, it can be used with complete peace of mind in the bathroom or in the kitchen, taking the necessary precautions as to the temperatures it can withstand without suffering any damage.