Fun with Corian

Talented people can have so much fun with DuPont’s Corian material. The most recent example of this is the Corian Bench Inventions collection that resulted from a collaboration between C.H. Briggs Co., Reading, PA, an independently owned distributor of interior and specialty building products; DuPont Corian, Wilmington, DE; and elite Philadelphia-area architects, designers, and fabricators. The object of the project was to create inventive and contemporary benches made entirely of DuPont Corian. The resulting benches are being exhibited, through Oct. 31, in three Philadelphia locations as part of the DesignPhiladelphia event.
   “It is truly thrilling to have the opportunity to exhibit the incredible, avant-garde work of our local architects and designers during DesignPhiladelphia,” said Luis Arias, chief marketing officer, C.H. Briggs Co. “We are honored to support Philadelphia’s national reputation for the arts, while also showcasing the limitless possibilities of Corian as an inspirational and innovative design material.”
   The benches combine technology and design to produce stirring images in unexpected locations, many of which pay homage to deep-rooted Philadelphia traditions and push the limits of a traditional bench. The 14 designs include illuminated crates and futuristic pods, stoops, ribbons, and Lego-like benches.
   Here are some examples:

"Milk," designed by Todd Tully Danner of ArQitecture, Wilmington, DE, and created by McGrory Inc., Kennett Sq., PA.

"Milk," designed by Todd Tully Danner of ArQitecture, Wilmington, DE, and created by McGrory Inc., Kennett Sq., PA.

"Permutation," designed by Andrew Simmons of Francis Cauffman, Philadelphia, and created by Allegheny Solid Surface Technologies, Hanover, PA.

"Permutation," designed by Andrew Simmons of Francis Cauffman, Philadelphia, and created by Allegheny Solid Surface Technologies, Hanover, PA.

Foreground: “S’il Vous Play: Shipping Crates in Faux Bois,” designed by Kevin Derrick of Bahdeebahdu, Philadelphia, and created by R.D. Wing Co., Inc., headquartered in Kirkland, WA. Mid-ground: “Leg-Go,” designed by Kate High of EwingCole, Philadelphia, and created by Henry H. Ross & Son, Inc. Lititz, PA. Background: “Conversation Bench,” designed by Rick Marencic, Daroff Design, Inc. Philadelphia, and created by Allegheny Solid Surface Technologies, Hanover, PA.

Foreground: “S’il Vous Play: Shipping Crates in Faux Bois,” designed by Kevin Derrick of Bahdeebahdu, Philadelphia, and created by R.D. Wing Co., Inc., headquartered in Kirkland, WA. Mid-ground: “Leg-Go,” designed by Kate High of EwingCole, Philadelphia, and created by Henry H. Ross & Son, Inc. Lititz, PA. Background: “Conversation Bench,” designed by Rick Marencic, Daroff Design, Inc. Philadelphia, and created by Allegheny Solid Surface Technologies, Hanover, PA.

   You can see all of the benches at the C.H. Briggs website. DesignPhiladelphia is a city-wide cultural festival featuring more than 135 exhibitions, workshops, studio tours, lectures, special events, book signings, installations, and product roll-outs. Learn more at the DesignPhiladelphia 2009 website.—Gary L. Parr