Karim Rashid designed a new unusual kitchen island concept inspired by the oriental art of folding paper. The shape is sculptural and looks like its just there for display. But since it is made entirely of DuPont Corian, it is functional as well. It manufactured by the Egyptian producer Amr Helmy.
Its base can expand into a large worktop, which is divided into three zones: the cleaning area with an integrated sink, the cooking zone, and a snack area. Moreover, the island comes with a large wall cabinet with plenty of storage space.
Gotta love it …
For the past couple of decades, designers have been going for products that are more flexible in incorporating their designs, yet with durable finishes and a variety of colors. Thus the popularity of non-porous acrylic based surface materials such as Corian and Hi Macs are being used almost everywhere. In the project architect Karl Dreer incorporated the HI MACS® for his own private house. “HI-MACS® provides the opportunity of creating nearly any design in nearly any building — regardless of unusual weathering conditions, high degrees of moisture or enormous loads. It exceeds the standard material limits.”
Window frames made out of HI-MACS® Arctic White, the grey pedestals are made from the material.
A fitness and wellness area and family office are located on the upper floor of the left cube. A shower, wash basin, shelves and small seating options made from HI-MACS® are also included here. Temperature, lighting and shading of the house are controlled via BUS system — central, but individual. The operation and visualization of all details takes place via touch panels which are installed in every room. This HI-MACS® house exists without fossil fuels and sets standards for environmental protection and efficiency. Finishing touches like self-designed garden furniture made completely from HI-MACS® complete this story.
The dining room table is the central feature of the first floor and the link between the living room and dining area. The ability to thermoform HI-MACS® was critical in implementing the designed table.
In the kitchen all furniture including cabinet doors, worktop and sinks are made also from HI-MACS® with a special detail on the front milled cabinet doors.
Hi-macs House, by Karl Dreer and Bembré Dellinger, photography by dirk wilhelmy
project: private house, ammersee, germany
design: karl dreer
fabrication: dreer gmbh – klöpfer surfaces, germany
project implementation: felix bembé & sebastian dellinger
material: hi-macs® arctic white, concrete grey
photographer: dirk wilhelmy