Shape the Future Competition

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I had received an honorable mention in the Corian Shape the Future Competition. Here is my proposal which involved creating a variety of shapes in thermoformed Corian that would be assembled in varying configurations to create a room divider.

Terri Moore | Corian Shape the Future Competition

DuPont™ Corian® solid surface is durable, formable and available in a wide variety of colors. The surface of the material is also easily cleanable, which makes it ideal for use in a wide variety of applications not limited to residential applications. While a residential application was the inspiration for this project, the durability and cleanability of the surface would allow it to be used in a wider range of applications from healthcare to retail.

Terri Moore | Corian Shape the Future Competition Medium-Aligned

The rise in popularity of loft like dwellings and other open plan living spaces in urban centers has grown dramatically in the last few years. Some of the challenges associated with living in this kind of environment include how to divide the space into separate uses while still maintaining the feel of an open floor plan and allowing light and air to move freely through the space. The proposal incorporates panels of two sizes that can be arranged in a regular grid or a more random pattern to achieve varying degrees of openness. The panels can also be combined in varying color combinations to create unique patterns.

Terri Moore | Corian Shape the Future Competition Terri Moore | Corian Shape the Future Competition

One of the great aspects of Corian® is how once it is formed into a shape it becomes self-supporting. Using Corian® in this was I was able to create thin molded planes almost floating in space. Molding the Corian® triangular panels creates a play of light and shadow between the panels. The panels can also be fused together in different colors allowing the panel to have different color on each side further expanding the possibilities in color and pattern.

Terri Moore | Corian Shape the Future Competition Terri Moore | Corian Shape the Future Competition

2 Responses to Shape the Future Competition

  1. Terri,
    These images are fantastic. Wouldn’t it be remarkable if the Corian® triangles could be pinned together, and somehow (probably with smaller ones integrated) retract and expand across a room – appearing to have the pieces “pinwheel” while in motion.

    Regardless, how did you render these images. They look incredible! I am assuming you probably had it in Revit® because of the Eames Lounger. But the lighting and shadows look remarkable, not to mention that I would probably have an easier time modeling the Corian® triangles in another program (like Rhino).

    Keep up the great work.
    -brady

    • Hi Brady,

      Thanks for the comments! If I get some time, I’m going to play with this idea a little more, trying to make components that can connect to each other in different patterns. I did the modelling in Rhino and rendered the images using the V-ray plugin. I think I downloaded the Eames lounge chair from the Sketch-Up Warehouse and then translated it into Rhino.

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