A young team of designers used the ultra-versatile DuPont Corian
high-tech surface to create a functional design piece for the London Design
The ‘Louvres’ Desk, which represented the first point of contact for
visitors to the Victoria & Albert museum during the London Design Festival
2013, was designed by a young team of designers from Giles Miller Studio who
were fascinated by the manipulation of light and reflection in the DuPont
Corian surfaces. The curved desk was made from ultra-versatile DuPont Corian
high-tech surface, machined into a specially designed finish created by Giles
Inspired by the classic louvre slats, the Giles Miller Studio designers generated
panels featuring various levels of directional reflection inlaid into the
surface. The panels interplay with the light depending on their orientation and
the effect is beautifully fulfilled in this dazzling display of geometric
reflection. The depth of texture in the design was further enhanced by the
application of Deep Nocturne, a dark and saturated shade of black, and the
first colour created with the new DeepColour Technology as part of the ‘Endless
Evolution’ initiative for DuPont Corian.
The curved desk was fabricated using several techniques including engraving
of a 5-axis CNC machined surface pattern, and seamless joining to achieve the
elegant curvature of the design for a sleek, monolithic effect. Positioned in
the main foyer of the V&A museum as an iconic emblem and focal point for
information about the London Design Festival, the desk will be reused every year.
Giles Miller enjoyed the experience of working with DuPont Corian,
applying their studio’s surface techniques to what he describes as ‘an
intriguing, adaptable and functional material’.
An innovative solid surface with a vast and inspiring application range
that opens up new horizons for design, DuPont Corian combines beauty,
durability and versatility, and can be applied to almost any conceivable design
scheme or sector, from interior to exterior, and in curved or angular, flat or
textured, and functional or decorative applications.
Available in over 80 colours, DuPont Corian can be shaped into virtually
any design and is joined seamlessly to create sleek, strong, hygienic and