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Monday, November 16, 2009

Zaha Hadid's Guggenheim Kitchen vs Louis Vuitton

The innovative kitchen, in which Hadid and her design team partnered with DuPont and Ernestomeda, shows the extraordinary possibilities of DuPont Corian solid surfaces that are characteristic of Hadid's spatial designs. The similarity to her design for a hand bag for Louis Vuitton is striking. Unlike most hand bags that are smooth or textured the LV bag has major texture in the form of the company logo. Zaha's kitchen morphs from smooth to articulated textures which reveal functions such a light sources and storage.

The project, originally developed in Europe, was a collaborative effort between the Italian kitchen brand, Ernestomeda; built-in home appliance manufacturer, Scholtes; and science-based materials, products and technologies company DuPont.

Hadid's kitchen concept was made a reality through the unique attributes of Corian, specifically the material's versatility and formability. The Z. Island by DuPont Corian, made entirely of Corian, includes two separate island units: "Fire" (the cooking area) and "Water" (the washing area). In addition, a modular cabinet-wall system (the storage unit) also made of Corian, complements the two islands. More infor at