DuPont’s Corian® – the ‘solid surface’ product that made a huge appearance in American homes (and just about everywhere else) during the 80’s and the early 90’s has long been forgotten. Just like it came and took over the US, it almost disappeared completely, 20 years later.
The kitchen counter surface that promised to be “the best thing since bread slicer” fell somewhat short and did not deliver the maintenance – free surface America was so looking for. Instead, consumers that had a Corian® top did not want another one in their new kitchen and others that did not go for it the first time around, may never own a Corian® top.
Now, after all these years, we are seeing a renewed interest in the Corian® material, but this time, it’s in Europe! The European have found that Corian® has some very unique design possibilities and are now taking a full advantage of it.
Designed by da Gianluca Tondi, the head of TM Italia Cucine, the Touch Tatoo kitchen model, is made completely out of the DuPont Corian®. The counters are tight fitting, without handles and come with electronic mechanisms which allow you to open them with the lightest of touches. The black decoration of the kitchen, transferred by sublimation onto Corian® Glacier White with a patented procedure, which might be compared to a tattoo on human skin, was created by the architect Nicoletta Bertolissi.