More than 50 products and installations of international design

Pierre Bergé & Associés will auction a selection of installations and designs created for DuPont international events and exhibitions promoting DuPont™ Corian®, one of the most known brands worldwide among materials for design and architecture.

The selected installations and designs have been presented by Pierre Bergé & Associés at a press briefing which took place in Brussels on July 1, 2008. They will be displayed between September 12 and 30, 2008. The auction will take place in Brussels in December 2008.

The list of selected installations and designs include:

  • fourteen architectural shapes in DuPont™ Corian® designed by Sottsass Associati, which had been displayed, within an exhibition called Exercises in Another Material, on June 12, 2000, at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, and in April 2001 in Milan. These architectural shapes had been created by Sottsass Associati in order to display the properties of DuPont™ Corian® solid surfaces.

  • The Vitamin bar installation, designed by James Irvine for "De-Lighted by Corian®" exhibition, which took place in Milan, in April 2003

  • Ron Arad. Upperworld Hotel, Battersea Power Station installation, designed by Ron Arad for the 2004 edition of "Biennale di Architettura", Venice.

  • A desk and a bench designed by Zaha Hadid for "Z. Island by DuPont™ Corian®" futuristic kitchen environment, displayed at an exhibition which took place in April 2006 in Milan

  • The following 40 objects created by 40 designers from all over the world for Corian®: 40 Years - 40 Designers international travelling exhibition organized by DuPont in 2007 in order to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first commercialization of DuPont™ Corian®.

  • Fossil, tray/centerpiece designed by AquiliAlberg (Laura Aquili & Ergian Alberg).

    Fossil is a result of a design research which explores natural phenomena. It is a morphological gesture, were fluidity and dynamism play the main roles. There is a sense of freezing its ‘morphing process’ but at the same time lines and geometries generate a sense of three-dimensional movement. It is a fossil, which looks for a way to escape its destiny... to remain ‘alive’. Fossil tray/centerpiece can be placed on any horizontal surface revealing its concave side and used as a tray or centerpiece, but it can also be placed vertically to reveal its sculptural convex side. Its seamless form has been made possible thanks to the qualities of Corian®, thermoforming a 4mm thick material. Indicative size (mm): 500 x 300 x 50 h max

    Mass, vase designed by Arik Levy (L Design).

    Mass is an object that creates an interaction between the space where it is located and the person who uses it. It is a surface, a vase, an elevation, a brick, an obelisk, a labyrinth and a mass. When functioning as a vase, the rest of its surface can be used to place a cup of coffee, one’s glasses or....

    The Table Landscape, organizer designed by Atrium (Anton Nadtochy & Vera Butko).

    The Table Landscape organizer for office desk is a rectangular plate (300mm õ400mm õ46mm) for placing paper blocks 170mmõ170mm, staple pans, pens and pencils, mobile phone, notebooks or books out. Organiser is made of three sheets of Corian® (thickness of 6mm) which are placed one upon another. These sheets actively interact by virtue of folds and slots performing an interesting and functional design object. The desk stuff organizer takes advantage of the solid density and formability of Corian®. Three sheets of Corian® in different colors are folded, sloted and placed one upon the other. All the composition is placed on an aluminium plate (300mm õ400mm õ 6mm). The wide range of colours of Corian® enables the desk stuff organizer to be custom made, harmonizing with any interior decor. The "table landscape" combines functionality and design to produce a useful piece of abstract sculpture.

    Beluga, ice pot designed by Beat Karrer.

    «Sharing and enjoying a bottle of good wine is one of my favourite ceremonies when I spend time together with friends. So, when DuPont™ Corian® sent me the briefing, it was an easy choice what I would like to design for that project. The idea of “Beluga” was to create a wine cooler that still has the value of a classical shiny metal ice pot but transformed into a contemporary design and realized in a modern material with a clean line. The silky touch and the homogenous aspect of Corian® are characteristics that perfectly suit my imagination of an elegant yet discrete wine cooler.».

    Le Vase, vase designed by Christian Ghion.

    «Fanatic of microcellular worlds, this design refers to my passion for the organic universe, where empty spaces have the same importance as full spaces, where beauty is singular, and where the invisible is familiar to visible.».

    Tazzatide, desk and tableware designed by Christine Van Gemert.

    Desk- and tableware made of Corian®. The Tazzatide generates in his pure design a multifunctional object. One Tazzatide can be used as a bowl on your table or desk. Two objects makes a box: the shape fits exactly. And a lot of Tazzatides makes a fantastic sculptural dinnertable or storage space. The arrangement of the bowls can vary endlessly. The pure sculptural quality of the object is perfect for the Corian® of which it is made. The endless possibilities of Corian® combine in a natural way with the Tazzatide. The Tazzatide stimulates your fantasy. Use your imagination: have fun!

    Gold Grain, table set designed by David Rockwell

    “Gold-Grain” table set in Corian® consists of a large serving platter and salad server which double as decorative tabletop display pieces. The sinuous, metallic Gold-Grain pattern is embedded into Corian® solid surface. Due to Corian® high tech material and the organic feel of the design, the set evokes both glamour and wit, mimicking nature with subtly glittering manmade materials. The set comes replete with a gold-leafed apple in Corian®.

    Opetz_M, fruitbowl designed by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects (Roman Delugan, Christopher Schweiger, Martin Josst, Dietmar Feistel, Elke Delugan-Meissl.

    opetz_M - variation on a fruitbowl The bowl becoming shape The product, object The center becoming a swinging movement and balance, asymmetry. The bowl is playful full of color and matter of shape and tactility Somber and shiny "Toccato con slancio" The prototype presented can be produced following a different evolution, also shapewise, in different sizes: small, medium, large – this specific bowl is medium size. Other materials, such as dark wood, can be combined with Corian®.

    Desert Core, desk pad designed by Demet Bilici.

    «“Desert Core” desk pad meets the soft shades and shadows of the desert. To me, Corian® means prosperity, nobility, hygiene and a great variety of colours. Thus, when briefed to design a desk top functional item, I imagined a “manager’s room”, an area where all these aspects gather in great harmony. Desert Core lends deserved dignity to the manager’s office. Desert Core plays a psychological role on the user, with its relaxing soft curves on its farther end which recall the isolated, placid atmosphere of the desert. Manager desks deserve to be honoured by Desert Core».

    Reveal, tray designed by Emma Lewis.

    “Desert Core” desk pad meets the soft shades and shadows of the desert. To me, Corian® means prosperity, nobility, hygiene and a great variety of colours. Thus, when briefed to design a desk top functional item, I imagined a “manager’s room”, an area where all these aspects gather in great harmony. Desert Core lends deserved dignity to the manager’s office. Desert Core plays a psychological role on the user, with its relaxing soft curves on its farther end which recall the isolated, placid atmosphere of the desert. Manager desks deserve to be honoured by Desert Core.

    The Office Box, emergency office set designed by Francesco Draisci, Paolo D’Ippolito.

    Francesco Draisci and Paolo D'Ippolito have developed a concept for an emergency office set. An enigmatic box contains all the necessities to set up a basic but luxurious and organised office on any table. When open, this magic box reveals bits and pieces like in a children construction game. The lid lifts up to stack and transform the container itself into a double paper tray. More open forms, box in boxes, simple shapes are there to play, to be interpreted and discovered, adapted or simply experienced in a tactile way. Populate and build your own tablescape with it!

    Loqum, Turkish Delight Bowl designed by Gamze Guven.

    The "Loqum" Turkish Delight Bowl is questioning the meaning of a traditional product made of opal glass, by considering the qualities of another opal material: Corian®. “Turkish delight” emerged in Anatolia in XV century and it was introduced all over the world by an English traveller in XVIII century. Louis XV, king of France, ordered his craftsmen a special container design for Turkish delight and he sent this gift to the Ottoman Emperor Abdulhamid I . Since then this design became a norm. I think designers were influenced from “clove” flower, which was typical in Turkish designs. It was the flower of love as it is a very strong aphrodisiac. Surprising similarity, Turkish delights wrapped in lace handkerchiefs was also a symbol, where couples exchanged them as tokens of love. “Turkish delight bowl” form is reinterpreted by a modern material: Corian®. I’ve tried to symbolize the symbolic clove flower and subtracted it by carving its mass from the 330x330x42 mm square prism. So, the final negative: female form is being produced. These carved surfaces are symbolizing the uncut, soft stripes of Turkish delight, as well as the petals of the clove. These stripes look random but, as in nature, there is a mathematical order behind. This carving process was made by CNC tooling on pieces of Corian®. So it became possible to have the different color contour next to the periphery, by having a different color Corian® sheet at the second layer.

    Fuzzy func(tion), Shelving System designed by Graft (Thomas Willemeit, Wolfram Putz, Lars Kruckeberg).

    «For Corian®, an original object, multifaceted in its material. An object that is much more than the mere sum of its parts. Its name is “fuzzy func(tion)”. Thanks to its being multidimensional and its endless contact points, fuzzy func(tion) can be constantly modified and developed. It works and it develops through the imagination of its users. Used individually, the lone Fuzzy Func is a fruitbowl, but it will serve different functions when combined by other fuzzy func(tion). The endless possibilities of combination will only end when space ends, too. This could be completely covered by a fuzzy func(tion) shelving system. Dear Corian®, we hope we made you happy. All the best!»

    Desktop 40, Office accessories designed by Hans Schoonemeijer (HP Design).

    “Desktop 40”: multipurpose office accessories. Extremely minimal design, thus enhancing Corian® haptic qualities by use of invisible magnets. The containers make it possible to “hide” your computer mouse inside and protect it from unwanted use by including a magnetic lock.

    Tic Tac Toe, organizer designed by Harry Allen.

    Tic Tac Toe desktop organizer is simply a thing of mathematical beauty. Holes for writing instruments, a grid to hold various cards and papers, and two small trays for clips are rationally arranged in a block of Corian®.

    Nenen, centerpiece designed by Igor.MarQ arquitectos (Igor Peraza Curiel, Marc García-Durán Huet) & Pedro Nuñez Mardones.

    Based on the art of folding, Nenen centrepiece is the imaginary folded result of the transformation of a 40x40cm square piece of Corian® into a centrepiece. This innovative object can be placed in two positions, useful both as a base support for other objects, and as a container for fruit, bread or flowers (among others).

    Lotus, place setting designed by Imogen Lawson.

    A "Lotus" place setting is intended to enhance the dining experience. Each one creates a personal table setting for the user which includes a slot for a place-name card, a napkin ring and recesses for loose salt and pepper. A candle holder is also included and can be used to provide an intimate ambient light. The object exploits the properties of Corian® and is fabricated by a combination of thermoforming and CNC machining. The object's elegant form is reminiscent of the lotus flower. L420 x W400 x H68 (mm). Set of two.

    Smoking, no smoking, tray designed by India Mahdavi.

    «The encounter between a very simple black and white geometric pattern and an organic shape. Corian®, as a material, allows the pattern to be distorted by the shape, hence giving a new vibration to an object I had originally created in ceramic. “Smoking, no smoking” is a tray for smokers and non-smokers.».

    Stack, bowls designed by Ingenhoven Architekten.

    Stack: stackable bowls, shaped out of an absolute homogeneous material and made with high precision, are an appropriate idea for the material involved. Due to the specific weight and material temperature of Corian® an exceptional product experience will take place. Four different shapes and sizes offer different tabletop applications.

    Om, bowls and worry stones designed by Jeffrey Bernett.

    Corian® is an amazing material, rom an innovation point of view as well as from hygiene stand point. The “Om” project encompasses a series of bowls and worry stones. The bowls is a series of three sizes with the edge detail at 90° to the facing surfaces highlighting a thickness of the material, so that one can see and read that. For the stones, the notion is to create a little series of objects, worry stones, which will engage and invite people to pick them up and touch them, the tactile experience of Corian®.

    Leaf, centerpiece designed by John Sebastian.

    «Inspired by a mono-material solution I wanted to define and elaborate the key attributes of Corian®. A close study pointed to three strong characteristics: strength, formability and lightness. These characteristics had to be expressed in the design, so that the object itself would best reflect the possibilities of Corian®. Using a new fabrication process in the making of this object was important, as it represents (at least to me) a new universe of possibilities with Corian®. I thought a permanent centrepiece for the table, a bowl or a tray, would be the right choice to evidence the three distinctive characteristics. The result is iconic in nature: it stands out for its sculptural form and the beauty it adds to any table, like a jewel on a finger. Size: 270 x 460 x 60 mm».

    Demons and Daisies, table place mats designed by Katrin Olina Young.

    «A set of table place mats. This project gives attention to the graphic possibilities with Corian®. Here Corian® is used as a beautiful material support for graphics. The graphics feature two different elements often found in my expressive world: the darkness of Noc, the grinning ghost, and the dreaming of heavenly flowers.».

    Mirror, fruitbowl designed by Luca Casini.

    A wide base in bright steel reflects the hemisphere in perforated Corian®, suspending it ideally from the horizontal surface in a magical, static balance. A traditional fruitbowl artistically reinterpreted according to a contemporary eye, showcasing new geometries and proportions and a particular use of Corian®. The sheet of Corian® (in Glacier White colour) has been thermoformed and then painted black (matte effect); decorative holes have then been made, obtaining a layering effect of the chromatic tones visible through the thickness of the cut material. The white is emphasized between two very thin layers in black. Finally, the bowl has been fixed to the metal base.

    Polarisations, centerpiece designed by Marie Garnier.

    Window box and table centrepiece, Polarisations is a functional object in Corian® inspired from the transformations found in the vegetable world. Created with the desire to identify a ‘Time scale’ and demonstrate the power of the vegetable reign upon the object, a large area for plant growth and a seedbed receptacle are jointly proposed as a unique object that becomes a vector of quiet and patience. The ‘window box’ is designed to be placed at the centre of a table, from which one can directly gather planted herbs. The object becomes the paradigm of a garden. It can also be placed on counters or other furnishings. It blends the human and vegetable world. It is a structure made of several cut pieces joined together, in part containing an open work design for a visual effect similar to lace. This texture strengthens the aerial feeling and creates interaction between the plants and matter. A mobile structure in cement is adopted to contain the water and to separate the area of plants and the “Laboratoire” of vegetables.

    Martin Ryan Pitcher, multifunctional pitcher designed by Martin Ryan.

    The Martin Ryan Pitcher is a versatile kitchen object. While its primary function is as a pitcher, this product can successfully work as a vase. The product consists of a stainless steel or glass container, which is removable and machine washable and a contemporary handle made from Corian®. The handle is a fun design where human figures provide decoration and also function. While the cold stainless steel container contrasts the soft aesthetic of the Corian® very successfully and would suit a modern kitchen environment, the glass ads an extra functional benefits. Namely: the ability to see how full the jug is and also its suitability for application in the microwave.

    Table Tree, centerpiece designed by Matali Crasset.

    The tree. A composition in Corian®, a lively centrepiece for any table. A structure whose white leaves in Corian® create a lively contrast with the “trunk” in Corian® Mandarin. A festive centerpiece representing the joy of sharing with others.

    Slapshot, serving tray designed by Matteo Ragni.

    Entirely made in Corian®, the Slapshot vase is a stable surfaced balanced on two “blades”, with lateral points for the grip. It is inspired by the recent sponsorization by DuPont™ Corian® of the Milan ice hockey team, the Vipers: it is thin like skate blades and its form mirrors that of the leg protections worn by the players. Slapshot is characterized also by a permanent decoration (applied to Corian™ via the technique of sublimation) which recalls the marks etched into the surface of the ice by the skates.

    Susana, serving tray designed by Miguel Milá.

    Circular, revolving serving tray in Corian®, conceived in three sizes: 60, 50 and 40 cm. in diameter and with a thickness of 13 mm. The entire visible contact surface will be made of Corian®.

    The music goes round and round, serving tray designed by Miriam Mirri.

    A tray obtained from a sheet of Corian®, displaying a round edge that doubles as a lifting handle. A tambourine calling for a celebratory dance for this material, brightly colored and gentle to the touch. Diameter: 380 mm; height 46 mm.

    Note friendly, desk accessories designed by Monika Kobiakov.

    “Note friendly set of desk accessories comprises a pen holder, a pad holder, and mug mat. The key feature that unites the three uncomplicated elements is their added colour wedges designed for the convenient display of notes. The pen holder is made of 6 mm Glacier White Corian® and its colour wedge of 12,3 mm Mandarin Corian®. Its dimensions are 80mm x 91,7 mm x 110mm. The pad holder is made of 6 mm Glacier White Corian® and its colour wedge of 12.3 Grape Green Corian®. Its dimensions are 80 mm x 66,7mm x 70. The mug mat is made of 12,3 mm Glacier White and its colour wedge of Lilac Corian®. Its dimensions are 100mm x 131,7 x 24 mm. All three elements of this set are made of Corian®.

    Calendar Rainbow, calendar designed by Niels Kjeldsen.

    Calendar Rainbow is a calendar for the table: the user is in daily contact with Corian® and can experience the superior qualities and discover each month new colours. Calendar Rainbow consists of twelve pieces in the new 2006 colours of Corian® - one for each month in a different colour, two cubes for the date in white Corian® and a solid base in black Corian®. The date is adjusted by turning the cubes around, and the month is changed by placing the relevant month in front of the datecubes. Because there is no name of the days in the calendar, it can be used forever… The name Rainbow reflects the shape of the base and the colours extended along the arc of the bow.

    Down side up, centerpiece-flowerpot designed by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance.

    Unveiling the techno-organic dimension of Corian® through sculpted objects. Heavy and sinister shapes that seem extracted from a block, in opposition to the inspired lightness emerging daily from their being centre-stage.

    Trottola, fruit bowl designed by Nucleo (Piergiorgio Robino, Stefania Fersini).

    Inspired by Muybridge's work (English-born photographer, known for his early use of multiple cameras to capture motion), the Trottola fruit bowl in Corian® is reminiscent of a top, one of the oldest children's toys, frozen in four frames, combined to enhance the visual effect.

    Candelabra, container designed by Piers Mansfield-Scadden.

    Inspired by the delicacy of paper lanterns and the intimacy of candlelight, this product combines the two in a piece of tableware exploring the translucency of Corian®. By slicing and cutting into the flat sheet with controlled insertions, beginning on the centre line, creating diamond patterns that progressively reduce in height as they move away from the horizon. Working out towards the top and bottom are equal diamond shapes stretching and opening up the shape from a flat sheet into a three-dimensional volume.

    The Map, table toy designed by Poledesign (Vladislav Savinkin / Vladimir Kuzmin project group).

    “The Map”, a functional table-toy in Corian®, aims at demonstrating some key features and possibilities of Corian® (thermoforming, CNC routing, printing) through the “game” image - a world map puzzle celebrating 40 years of Corian® (or any other design on request, such as logos, pictures etc.) At the same time, when turned upside down, it becomes a container for a variety of objects. It could be made using the cuttings created during the fabrication of Corian®. The picture itself (“map”) measures 297x420 mm, the “vase” depth is approximately 150 mm.

    Handle with care, container designed by Sieger Design (Benedikt Sauerland).

    A monolithic box serving many purposes. The interpretation of the modern archetype of a treasure chest, or that of a jewel box: simple objects, precious and coveted precisely because of their nature. The special appeal springs from its monolithic character, obtained by an extremely accurate manual workmanship, combined with an eclectic material such as Corian®. The glossy surface in the Glacier White and Nocturne colours of Corian® enhances its value. “Handle with care” consists of a tray and a cover, one on top of the other with a side groove. Chaos and order, this is the philosophy underneath the object. Two elements, united side-by-side.

    Ark, bowls designed by Tanju Ozelgin.

    This is a kind of bowl. The “Ark” bowls are based on double surfaces which can be used on both sides. The side lengths of the two surfaces are different from each other and are also very thin. It utilizes all the attributes of Corian®, and it is possible to have different colours for different faces. Being able to assemble the pieces makes it possible to respond to your real needs. For example, you can use only one of them to tidy up your office equipment like staples or pens on your desk, some of them to place your fruit, or a lot of them together in different combinations on your table in case of a feast. The number of configurations is almost infinite.

    Table Hub, multiuse table container designed by Werner Aisslinger.

    Table Hub is a multiuse table container in Corian® for all life situations: a flowerpot on dinner tables, a place for bottles or bread sticks during a party event, a penholder or container for various electric adapters of laptops, cell phones on a work desk or the place for keys or MP3 player in an entrance situation of a flat. The elevated square shape with rounded edges and 4 different integrated sub-containers give freedom of choice for personalised use. The container also has an optional compartment which can hide a variety of objects out of sight, such as cables, books, magazines or cutlery. The Table Hub adheres to a functional design tradition, but is also an artistic and sculptural object with a strong personality and identity. The shape is organic with a simplicity that guarantees a long product life. The black shiny surface in Corian® makes Table Hub a new product typology with a distinguished sophisticated design. Size: about 550 x 550 mm, height 200 mm.

    Trencat, table decoration designed by Ximo Roca.

    The table decoration Trencat is a colouristic element that is transformed by the light, which in formal terms, is reminiscent of the basin-helmet worn by Don Quijote. Trencat means “broken” in Valencian language, and takes us back to the use of the trencadis technique (split tiles) in popular architecture that was developed in Valencia during the Modernist period. This type of architecture, known as Popular Modernism, appears as a free, original interpretation thereof, and is characterised by a quality and uniformity that give it immense value. It is filled with unusual characteristics and poetic ingenuity, and these characteristics are conveyed to us through the piece. Trencadis, a technique that consists of creating mosaics using the remains of broken ceramic, was widely used during that period, and was given a boost as a decorative method by Gaudí. Today, famous architects such as Santiago Calatrava, use the trencadis technique in their works. In conceptual terms, this technique has been the basis for this project.

    Lazy Suzy, server designed by YES Architecture (Ruth Berktold).

    The Lazy Suzy server in Corian®, essential for 'dip in and share' style eating. The idea was to work with the concept of a ‘Lazy Susan’, just this time not rotating on, but sliding along the table. The structure consisting of three parts (lazy fritz | buzy elly | flaming fred) can move in every position of the table or desk and contain anything from flowers, candles to rubber bands, pens and other office helpers. Their functionality is flexible, as is also their possible configurations: two at one end and one in the middle, all three together etc. different 3D forms to create individualized surfaces.

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    Umberto Rovelli 



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    Nicola Mela