Cutting-edge technologies such as molecular engineering and nanotechnology are transforming kitchen surfaces like never before, bringing profound style and substance to modern-day kitchens
Kitchens have evolved from being mere functional spaces to aesthetically appealing, modern masterpieces. This dramatic change has been fueled by innovations in technology and the introduction of new materials used in creating and designing today’s advanced surfacing solutions. Hi-tech materials that integrate nanotechnology are the main driving force behind contemporary kitchen designs that we see in most modern commercial and residential projects. No matter how small or big the space that one’s working with, kitchen countertops and cabinet surfacing are often the key elements that define the aesthetics of the whole area.
When it comes to surfaces, molecular engineering and nanotechnology have been real game-changers. Surfaces that lasted only a few years due to daily wear and tear are now coming with heat, scratch, and stain-resistant properties that make them durable and low-maintenance. And it’s not just the inclusion of these properties that make these new, hi-tech surfaces the perfect choice for kitchen interiors. Now they also come in leaner dimensions. Made from a combination of plastic laminate and fibre, some of these surfaces offer designers the flexibility that previously was not even possible.
Although some modern surfacing solutions, like the ones offered by DuPont‘s new Corian® Quartz collection, are a bit expensive compared to standard laminate surfacing, they provide more value for money in the long run. Made from one of the toughest elements found in nature, they can handle daily wear and tear like a pro. Their nonporous properties do not allow liquids to penetrate through the surface, which in turn prevents mould and bacteria from taking root on top. These advancements in surfacing have made long hours of cleaning and maintenance a thing of the past for today’s households.
In the past decade, granite and marble were extensively used as counter materials. However, they have somewhat taken a backseat since the rise of quartz and porcelain. Engineered quartz combines natural quartz and resins, creating surfaces that have the same strength as of granite. It offers improved impact resistance and durability to last for several years. Porcelain, on the other hand, is a material that cannot be burnt, scratched or stained, unlike quartz. These impressive qualities of porcelain and quartz countertops make them the ideal choice for kitchen surface solutions of the future.
Kitchen sinks and countertops that are made using the same solid surface material are in trend these days, and they are not going to go out of style anytime soon. These surfaces are made from a single, solid material such as Durat or Corian that connect the sink and worktop, without any visible seams and edges. They come in a wide variety of colours and textures and offer décor solutions that are both natural and chic.
DuPont recently introduced the ‘2020 Design Catalogs for Corian® Quartz’ that offers 50-plus innovative surfaces and colours from Corian® Quartz and over 90 trendsetting patterns and tones from Corian® Solid Surfaces. This new catalogue helps users plan and visualise kitchen designs based on the specific requirements of the project. Users can access thousands of flexible products from manufacturer catalogues or import from SketchUp and then create stunning 3D renderings that look as good on screen as they would in real life.
Apart from solid surfaces, recycled materials are also a popular choice with interior designers and homeowners, when it comes to the kitchen. Not only are they good for the planet, but innovations with paper, aluminium, and industrial plastic have also created some exciting materials that are used in worktops around the world. Countertops like these that are made with recycled paper composite and Alkemie are low-maintenance and add a unique beauty to any space.
Kitchen spaces are constantly being re-invented every few years, thanks to the evolving technologies and new materials that are adding to the aesthetics and functionality of the surface. These innovations are helping architects, interior designers and homeowners push the boundaries of traditional kitchen design like it has never been done before. Today’s surfacing solutions offer the best of nature and science to help users enhance their lifestyle and transform their most ambitious visions into reality.
The author is Corian Quartz India Business Manager of DuPont.