In addition to Emeco and Coca-Cola’s tag team effort for the fabulous 111 Navy Chairs, there’s another notable eco-design collaboration set to premiere this week at the 2010 Milan Furniture Fair that, well, sports a few more curves: the Smart-ologic Corian Living home from Karim Rashid and DuPont.
As you can see from the computer-generated renderings, the Smart-ologic Corian Living home is cave-y, curvaceous, and, um, pastel. Rashid, the prolific, blob-happy industrial designer responsible for the Bobble isn’t not exactly known for his subtlety and with this project he appears to have been influenced equally by the Flintstones, the Jetsons, and Lily Pulitzer. It could easily pass as a modernist, acid-dropping Easter Bunny’s subterranean lair. In space. Or something. I’m not sure what to make of it.
Blobby shapes and bright colors aside, the Smart-ologic Corian Living home — complete with living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and garden — will be a smart, showcase home for “futuristic” types of Corian, DuPunt’s high-performance, environmentally friendly surfacing material made from recycled materials and bio-based components. Also incorporated into the home will be DuPont photovoltaic modules, energy consumption-reducing Energain thermal mass panels, Tyvek, Zodiaq quartz surfacing, and other sustainable building materials and applications from DuPont.
While I don’t think I’d ever want to actually live in a Rashid-designed DuPont show home, the company has certainly done a bang-up job of drawing attention to what’s on the horizon for green building materials. Do you have less-curvy Corian surfaces or any other sustainable DuPont materials in your home? From looking at (with a sober mind) the Smart-ologic Corian Living home, would you be interested in investing in DuPont materials for your next home building or remodeling project?