The Corian side table comes together without any screw, glue or tool and is very strong once assembled. Corian resembles stone in the sense that it is heavier than wood or aluminium, and less resistant to impacts. However, it surpasses wood and aluminium in ease of care and resistance to liquids including hot water, wine and lemon juice (it is often used to make laboratory countertops). It is a high-quality synthetic material, produced by Dupont since 1970, with lightness, hardness and translucency reminiscent of white marble.
The table is supplied flat-packed and while it comes together easily, it won’t come apart when carried or held up-side-down. Indeed, its assembly does not rely on friction but on a click-lock which gets stronger as weight is added to the top. It can just as easily be taken apart, by a push of the thumbs and indexes which disables the click-lock. It can thus always return to its flat-pack state for storage or transportation, and be reassembled when needed.
Made of a single material — 12 mm thick Corian — and only five pieces, the table conveys a philosophy of design centered on ease of use, ease of transportation, economy of means and durability. It indefinitely withstands humidity, fading from the sun, and staining from wine and coffee. It is non-toxic, non-allergenic and hygienic, since its non-porous surface is impermeable to microbes. Scratches are easily buffed out using a mild abrasive cleaner (such as Cif or Vim) and a sponge. The quality of the material and the simplicity and reversibility of the assembly make it a long-lasting and sustainable product.
The five pieces are made in the United Kingdom by a Dupont Corian-certified factory. The computer-guided milling confers upon each piece a remarkable precision, while the edges are rounded to be smooth to the touch.