C.H. Briggs Announces Grand Opening

The new, ultramodern DuPont Corian Design Studio which showcases Corian as an inspirational and innovative design material is the first surfacing solutions center for Philadelphia's architect and design community.

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DuPontTM Corian® Design Studio Opens in Philadelphia as The First Surfacing Solutions Center for the City's Architect and Design Community

New Space Showcases Corian® as an Inspirational and Innovative Design Material

PHILADELPHIA, June 18, 2009 - The ultramodern 2,500 square-foot DuPontTM Corian® Design Studio that opens today in Philadelphia's Marketplace Design Center is part showroom, part drafting table and part art gallery. DuPont partnered with C.H. Briggs, one of the largest distributors of DuPont Surfaces, to unveil the inspiring downtown space, where Philadelphia's architects, designers, specialty retailers and commercial specifiers can expand their understanding of DuPontTM Corian® as an inventive, multi-dimensional design material.

"Our collective vision was to create a place where industry experts can collaborate and create inspirational applications with Corian and Zodiaq," said Elizabeth Lawson, North America Commercial Marketing Manager, DuPont Surfaces.

Distributor C.H. Briggs experts will be available Tuesday through Friday by walk-in or appointment to demonstrate the relevance of DuPontTM Corian® solid surface in commercial and residential applications. "Our goal is to ignite the Philadelphia design community's appreciation for Corian® and Zodiaq® by creating an environment of interaction and experimentation," said Tiana Bragg, Design Studio Consultant, C.H. Briggs.

Created to reflect a gallery-style setting by renowned New York-based designer Harry Allen, the space serves as a place where architects and designers can explore and experiment with Corian® as an innovative and multisensory design material.

"In the right hands, Corian can do almost anything," said Allen. "Corian responds to design ideas so sensitively and also has all the functional qualities that resonate with contemporary architects and designers."

Throughout the Design Studio space, the flexibility, pliability and versatility of Corian® is seamlessly showcased in three-dimensional applications via many of the newest technologies that allow for constant design innovation. One of the most dynamic elements of the Studio is a 21 by 17-foot freeform Corian® conference table in Glacier White, which is stretched like chewing gum through a glass wall. The design is achieved through a combination of thermoforming, CNC routing and hand working. In another standout design feature, Corian® is used to recreate the Philadelphia Cityscape via a three-dimensional photography reproduction, featuring window panels that are backlit by the sun.

In addition to more traditional countertops and cabinetry, DuPontTM Corian® solid surface also is featured in vertical and horizontal applications within the space, including a vertical wall façade, furniture and work stations. The Design Studio will be home to traveling exhibits, educational seminars and other events. Philadelphia is the third city to be home to a DuPontTM Corian® Design Studio following Milan and New York. Each location is individually created to meet the unique design needs of its geographic region.

Beginning June 18, architects and designers can schedule one-on-one appointments at the DuPontTM Corian® Design Studio through designstudio.corian.com/phila.

In addition to DuPont and C.H. Briggs, four surfacing solutions providers also helped bring the DuPontTM Corian® Design Studio to life. Each provider will be called upon to consult with, and provide on-site support to, architects, designers and specifiers, based on a project's specific needs. The four fabricators include Allegheny Solid Surface TechnologiesTM of Hanover, Pa., MacLaren Fabrication Inc. of West Chester, Pa., McGrory Inc. of Kennett Square, Pa. and Rick Wing Co., Inc. of Kirkland, Washington.

DuPontTM Corian® solid surface has been incorporated into some of Philadelphia's most notable commercial structures including the Comcast Building, Philadelphia International Airport, Camden Aquarium, Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania, Citizens Bank Park, and University of Pennsylvania and its hospital.

More information on the entire DuPont Surfaces portfolio is available at surfaces.dupont.com or by calling 800-4-CORIAN (DuPontTM Corian®) or 877-229-3935 (DuPontTM Zodiaq®).

Founded in 1993, Harry Allen Design is a full-service consulting design firm led by chief designer and president Harry Allen. The firm specializes in industrial design, interior design, graphic design and identity development, and is dedicated to making life more thoughtful and beautiful.

C.H. Briggs Company is one of the largest independently owned distributor of interior and specialty building products in the United States. Representing more than 200 brands, C.H. Briggs is a leading provider of hardware and production supplies; hardwood, plywood and other board and panel products; and premium surfacing products such as DuPont Corian® solid surfaces, DuPont Zodiaq® quartz surfaces, and granite natural stone; as well as an environmentally-friendly GreenGuard and FSC-certified product line under its BriggsECO mark. For more information, visit www.chbriggs.com.

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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