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6 worldly colours from DuPont™ Zodiaq®


All new charging capabilities!

From the Editor’s Desk

DuPont Zodiaq and Corian : The travel issue. ™

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As the leaves change and the weather gets chilly, so does our desire to get away. Let the new colours of the Natura collection take you to your NEXT Destination! While so many of us dream of a vacation, this new collection makes it possible to open your mind to exploring the world’s beauty in the comfort of your home. DuPont™ is committed to creating “what’s NEXT” in colour aesthetics and we’re proud to share our insights with you in the fall issue of Counter Culture. Our magazine is all about design and exploring fun, interactive ways to intrigue our customers. One of the great advantages of DuPont™ is our global reach. We get to talk to our colleagues in Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America on a daily basis. It opens our eyes to what else is out there from a global perspective and although design aesthetics differ from country to country, trends often cross over and this is part of what allows us to stay ahead of the game. “Some of the most dominant trends we are seeing in North America are shades of grey, soft swirling patterns and the marble aesthetic. This, combined with the ‘the practical performance benefits of Corian®’ function, appeals to a broad customer base including those looking for style and convenience. Our industry-leading approach to trend forecasting and the dedicated team of experts behind every colour allow us to continue to produce in-demand palettes for DuPont™ Zodiaq® quartz and Corian® solid surface collections,” says Wendy Mushow, US Marketing Communications Manager. The new colours are a natural fit for any project. A customer’s decision to purchase a surface from us should be positioned as an investment to ensure that a space is on trend and able to withstand wear and tear for years to come. “This year’s Natura collection incorporates a destination theme, creating a fun way for you to engage your customers in a conversation about our collection. The flawless flexibility of our surface collection also presents a great opportunity to sell a combination of Corian® and Zodiaq®,” says Britt Becker, Global Color Launch Manager. As a manufacturer that carries two complimentary surface collections, designers and home owners can use them together for endless design possibilities After only a few months on the market, the Natura collection has exceeded our expectations. The addition of Corian® Charging Surface and seamless sinks have positioned us for installations in high profile properties such as Victoria University’s CARSA building… read more on page 6! As always, we encourage you to provide your sales representative with feedback and comments on our latest collections. Let us know what you think! Safe travels (real or imagined), Lisa Jenkins Canadian Business Manager, Building Innovations & Global Business Manager, Zodiaq



Introducing DuPont Corian and Zodiaq Charging Surfaces ™




new way

to power up your smart devices.


stops when the battery is full.


colours and patterns available!

On the outside, you see one of our signature surfaces, but wait until you discover what’s underneath…


for Zodiaq® Quartz Surfaces. How to get started: 1. S  elect a Corian® or Zodiaq® surface color. 2. Help your customers design the space of their dreams! Decide where a charging surface will work best. 3. A  DuPont™ Corian® or Zodiaq® fabricator will install the device(s) along with the countertop.

Specially engineered to be both visually stunning and longlasting, DuPont™ Corian® and Zodiaq® quartz surface can be custom-cut and installed for endless design possibilities. But the innovation doesn’t stop there. Now, your customers can enhance their spaces with the seamless integration of wireless charging technology.

4. C  onnect a wireless charging ring or enabled phone case, place your device on the charging spot and power up begins automatically. What if your device is already Qi or PMA enabled? You will not require a wireless charging ring or charging case to power up. Visit for more information.



DuPont™ Corian® Glacier White window sill application.

DuPont Corian wins tender, moulding the design for 77 million dollar athletic facility ™


The Victoria University CARSA Building – Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities – opened on May 1, 2015. The facility at 190,000 square feet is the size of three football fields. This high profile project includes 1,300 square feet of counters in five different Corian® colours and 2,000 linear feet of Glacier White window sill. From vanities, desks and service counters to a VIP lounge that overlooks the courts, DuPont™ Corian® is the surface of choice for this progressive athletic facility. “Corian® was specified by designers and architects,” explains Ron Mahoney, Operations Manager at FloForm Countertops. “We were invited to bid and we won the tender.” As the project began, things started to get expensive. According to Mahoney, there was pressure to cut costs and that’s when the window sills were re-tendered to be completed in plastic laminate. “We weren’t comfortable with that application,” says Mahoney. “So, we went back to the university with a proposal to go back to Corian®.”


In April 2014, the project was back on track and the DuPont™ Corian® window sill installation began. “The facility has a wow factor; most people can’t believe that you can go 30 feet without a seam. It looks really impressive,” Mahoney explains. “In some cases there are seams, but from the outside it looks like one moulded piece despite the columns and cutouts.” The university’s recreation manager, Don Chow, was a big fan of the product and has since seen Corian® used in other applications throughout the university. “They’ve become supporters,” said Mahoney. “The university is starting to spec the use of Corian® in their requirements.”

“The facility has a wow factor; most people can’t believe that you can go 30 feet without a seam. It looks really impressive.” Ron Mahoney, Operations Manager, FloForm Countertops

Within CARSA, spectators will see Corian® lining the sills and at various service desks and mingling spots throughout the building. “You can shape it, seam it and rout it like MDF or wood,” adds Mahoney emphasizing the ease of working with this material when seaming around columns and HVAC cutouts. “Things are going to happen – like chips or cracks, but the ability to repair is extraordinary,” says Mahoney. “You can do all kinds of things with Corian®. We can add pieces easily and buff out a scratch or re-seam a piece of the material that has been cracked.”

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During this time, FloForm and DuPont worked closely with Willis, a well-known DuPont supplier, to put together a proposal and a compelling argument to show that Corian®, being stain-proof, easy to seam and able to handle the moisture unlike laminate, was a better suited product. The university eventually accepted.

5 tips to stay fit this winter 1) G  o straight to the gym after work Don’t forget an afternoon snack to keep you energized. 2) M  ake the most of every moment Look for ways to integrate exercise into your day. At lunchtime, go for a brisk 20-minute walk to revitalize your mind for a productive afternoon. 3) D  on’t let a cold cancel your routine Try gentler activities such as stretching to maintain good habits. 4) B  ook an active midwinter escape A short trip to somewhere sunny can help you beat the winter blues and offers an excellent chance to get active. 5) Be positive Winter is an ideal time to lose weight as your metabolism naturally speeds up to help keep you warm so you’ll be a step ahead when the warm weather arrives.

A maintenance package was left with the facility, which consists of a simple soap and water routine. Visit for more information about the DuPont™ Corian® solid surfaces used in the CARSA facility.



Discover the finer things in nature with Zodiaq ®

Do you dream of travelling? We’re bringing the aweinspiring wonders of nature from around the world to you. The six new colors of the 2015 Natura collection from DuPont™ Zodiaq® quartz surfaces create balance in your design through refined textures and movement. Are you ready to explore?

Cashmere Carrara

Marble Mist

A statement of luxury inspired by the greatest sculpture marbles from a Mediterranean quarry, this blend of creaminess and subtle veining creates an inviting elegance in any space.

Bask in the glistening mountain air as seen through the morning haze in Tuscany, Marble Mist is a glimpse of timeless structures in the distance.

10 packing tips every traveler should know 1) Identify your luggage with ribbons, stickers or even colourful shoelaces so it’s instantly recognisable. 2) Use Ziplock bags and use to separate different groups of items. 3) To avoid stains – pack light coloured clothes inside out. 4) Roll clothes to fill spaces in your suitcase.

Imperial London Sky

Calacatta Natura Inspired by Tuscany, this classic look has unexpected passageways of crisp warm strokes of grey and taupe, bringing old world charm to modern spaces.

Harness the smoky skies that reign over London’s Tower Bridge as the afternoon fog sets in; become wrapped within its range of softened hues with a modern edge, perfect for a transitional design.

Take in the surrounds of Kyoto’s ancient shrines, with swirling veins of tobacco gold and brandy hued amber, attain an approachable yet rapturous look with this chic color that adds depth to any space.

6) Use plastic wwrap and tape to prevent liquid leaks. 7) To stop your makeup from cracking use a layer of cotton wool. 8) Put scented fabric conditioner sheets in your suitcase to keep everything fresh. 9) Keep essentials in your carry-on.

Névé Satisfy your wanderlust with an exquisite alpine glacier color that holds crisp white with subtle striations creating strength and power, offering a cool natural balance in any interior.


5) Buy a lightweight inconspicuous suitcase.

10) Make use of ‘empty’ spaces such as shoes for small items.

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On October 28th students, architects, artists and photographers gathered to learn about new ways to use Corian® & Zodiaq® at The Joyce Walley Learning Centre in Vancouver, BC. More events like this to come in 2016. Stay tuned!

Butternut Squash & Bacon Soup A gourmet soup guaranteed to bring warmth on cool fall evenings. Ingredients:

Corian sinks now available in DESIGNER WHITE ®

Seamlessly combine a Corian® Designer White surface with a matching sink. Enhance vertical spaces and craft new plans for Designer White with: • 1 /2" sheet (horizontal tops and wall panels) • NEW 1/4" sheet (cladding) •N  EW Corian® Designer White sinks

• 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks • 1 onion, diced • 1 red bell pepper, chopped •4  slices of bacon, diced •2  tbsp olive oil •2  cloves garlic, minced • 1/2 tsp dried thyme • 2/12 c. chicken stock • Salt and pepper Instructions: •P  reheat oven to 400˚F. Lightly oil a baking sheet. •S  eason vegetables with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes or until butternut squash is tender, stirring at half time. •H  eat large skillet over medium high heat, add bacon and cook until brown and crispy. • I n a large stockpot combine all ingredients and heat over medium heat. Puree with immersion blender. •B  ring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes. •G  arnish with bacon, goat cheese and chives.





Win a trip from mySurface Rewards Now through January 15th, 2016, you have the chance to win a trip for every Corian® Charging Surface you install. Just send us a photo of the device installed in a client’s home, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win an amazing vacation package with the flexibility to select your destination from four exciting options. One photo will be chosen at random from all submissions from October 15th, 2015 through January 15th, 2016 – so the more jobs you submit, the better your chances of winning!

For more information about DuPont™ Zodiaq® quartz or Corian® solid surface please contact your local sales representative or visit or Printed representation of colours may vary from actual samples. Please view actual sample before purchase. Copyright © 2015 DuPont. The DuPont Oval Logo, DuPont™, Corian® and Zodiaq® are trademarks or registered trademarks of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

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The rules are simple: 1. S  ubmit your claim on mySurfaceRewards (including invoice), which earns you double points for all approved Corian® and Zodiaq® claims with a Corian® Charging Surface unit, until January 15th, 2016. 2. E  mail a photo of your job to rewardsinfo@ Include your claim number and your contact information in the body of the email.

PROMOTION RULES: All claims must be submitted by January 15th, 2016. Install date must be between October 15th – January 15th, 2016. The accompanying invoice or documentation must support this. Sinks, lavs and other shapes are not included. All claims will be paid out per the existing mySurfaceRewards points table upon approval. Eligible bonus points will be calculated and deposited to your mySurfaceRewards account monthly. All contest photo submissions must contain the mySurfaceRewards claim number and your contact information to be eligible.

DuPont Counter Culture, Volume 4  
DuPont Counter Culture, Volume 4  

Counter Culture from DuPont™ Zodiaq® and Corian® is a quarterly magazine distributed to our kitchen and bath retailers and fabricators acros...