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C.H. Briggs & Philadelphia University LIFE+ Exhibition

Student talent, vision and inspiration showcased in LIFE+ exhibition, an imaginative collection of DuPont™ Corian® works from Philadelphia's next generation of designers.

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C.H. Briggs & Philadelphia University Bring Student Designs to LIFE+

READING, PA, October 7, 2010 - C.H. Briggs, one of the largest independently-owned distributors of interior and specialty building products in the United States, has partnered with Philadelphia University's Department of Industrial Design Program to challenge 22 talented students to experience DuPont™ Corian® as a multi-dimensional design medium. The resulting "LIFE+" exhibition, on display at Philadelphia's Center for Architecture from Oct. 7 - Nov. 18, 2010, showcases smart product designs that could be easily integrated into everyday life.

Philadelphia University professors Tod Corlett and Hy Zelkowitz, under the academic direction of department head Götz Unger, encouraged their students to uncover the materiality and beauty of Corian® while creating works that showcase both progressive design and function.

"We developed this curriculum with the incredible end results in view," said Tod Cortlett, Industrial Design Program professor, Philadelphia University. "However, we could never have predicted the level of imagination that is evident in these student-designed products. We look forward to working with C.H. Briggs in the future to further witness the ingenuity and freedom our students experience designing with Corian®.

The students' design exploration was supported by a C.H. Briggs-led visit to the DuPont™ Corian® Design Studio Philadelphia. The Harry Allen-designed studio has a gallery-like feel with unconventional, forward-thinking Corian® vignettes that inspired students to take their designs to the next level. Combined with a firsthand experience learning fabrication techniques with fabrication partners A.S.S.T, John Kramer's Fabrication Inc., MacLaren Fabrication and McGrory Fabrication, the students came away with a new perspective on the virtually limitless design possibilities of Corian®.

"The DuPont™ Corian® Design Studio, as an educative playground, showcases innovation to students and professionals alike," said Tiana Bragg, Design Studio Consultant, C.H. Briggs. "No matter what academic or professional level, the studio inspires curiosity and awe as our visitors appreciate the formability of Corian®. We are thrilled to support and educate the Philadelphia student design community with this class and exhibition, and we welcome them back to the studio any time they need design inspiration. We also want to thank our loyal and skilled fabricators who were integral to the education of these students."

LIFE+ launches during DesignPhiladelphia with the following works:

  • "Bubble Wall" by April Deley - BubbleWall creates a functional vertical shelving system while adding a sculptural element to the home. Brought to life by A.S.S.T.
  • "Chef's Little Helper" by Kathryn Forbes - Chef's Little Helper is a functional on-the-counter utensil organizer which aids and enhances the cooking experience.
  • "Atrio Entryway Bench" by Eric Holzer - A wall-mounted reinvention of the antiquated entryway bench with bold graphic style. Brought to life by MacLaren Fabrication.
  • "Corian® Brella Stand" by Adrienne King - An interactive and innovative umbrella stand that gives the user the option for "simultaneous rotation or chaotic operation," inspired by King's love for complexity and the non-porous characteristics of Corian®.
  • "Spezzato" by Julianne Magliaro - Spezzato is a table that separates into three smaller tables to reveal the hidden beauty of the edge captured from the twists and curvature of broken glass. Brought to life by MacLaren Fabrication.
  • "Corian® Fence" by Seton Spadt - The Corian® Fence is a modular outdoor fencing system that gives the user freedom to customize their patio or lawn with specialized pickets. Brought to life by John Kramer's Fabrication Inc.
  • "Cascade" by Jeff Steel - A fountain that inspires visual curiosity.
  • "Corian®Ware Umote" by Trevor Walsh - Umote is a surface for arranging nigiri, maki, pickled ginger, wasabi and soy sauce.
  • "Living Bed" by Dan Wothers - Living Bed provides its users with the power to charge personal devices while offering solutions to prevent the cluttering of cords. Brought to life by MacLaren Fabrication.

"The LIFE+ show has been tons of tiring work at times, but the outcome has been the result of an excellent collaboration between academics and professionals," said LIFE+ designer Eric Holzer, who is now a Philadelphia University graduate. "You get an energized feeling when your months of sketching and mockup development finally come to fruition in a completed physical piece. A supportive team of fabricators allowed everyone to be fully immersed in the construction of the pieces from the beginning, by allowing us to work in their shops and see the design come alive."

The LIFE+ exhibition will be open to the public Oct. 7 through Nov. 18, 2010, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m.-5 p.m. An opening reception will be held Thursday, October 7, 2010 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The Center for Architecture is located at 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. To find out more about the DuPont™ Corian® Design Studio Philadelphia, please visit www.designstudio.corian.com/phila.

C.H. Briggs markets and distributes specialty building materials. Founded in 1967 and operating in North America, C.H. Briggs offers a wide range of innovative products and services in hardware, board and surfacing materials. The company is the preferred sourcing partner for creators and users of commercial and residential interior building spaces. For more information, visit the company's web site at www.chbriggs.com.

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