Who & What is Corian?

“What is in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.” – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

A name, as defined by Wikipedia is “a term used for identification by an external observer. They can identify a class or category of things, or a single thing, either uniquely, or within a given context. The entity identified by a name is called its referent. A personal name identifies, not necessarily uniquely, a specific individual human.”


When you think of the name DuPont, what comes to mind? Kevlar, Nomex, Tyvek, Danisco (GREAT STUFF), Styrofoam, Corian?

As an Interior Designer, my mind immediately goes to, you guessed it, CORIAN. The original material of this type was created by DuPont chemist, Donald Slocum in 1967. This is great information. But what is this Corian®?


Corian® is a brand of solid surface material, primarily used for countertops. The material is composed of acrylic polymer and alumina trihydrate (ATH), a material derived from bauxite ore. Corian® Solid Surface™ is manufactured in ½” thickness, ¼” thickness (don’t get excited, only a few colors are available in ¼”), and ¾” material (this thickness is available in a few colors as well). The standard size of Corian® Solid Surface™ was designed for kitchen countertops 30” x 144”.

A few other characteristics that make Corian® Solid Surface™ more attractive to both residential and commercial applications are:

  • Non-porous (liquids nor air cannot penetrate the surface).
  • Stain resistant (like a scotch guard on steroids).
  • Seamless appearance (joints can be made nearly invisible by joining two sheets of material together with its own color-matched adhesive).
  • Repairable and renewable (cuts and scratches can be buffed out with a Scotch-Brite pad or orbital sander).
  • Thermoformable (the material when heated can be shaped and molded into limitless forms)

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By Kyra Barham

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