The Louvres Desk By Giles Miller Studio

July 2013 – Giles Miller Studio, DuPont™ Corian® and the London Design Festival are proud to present the ‘Louvres’ Desk, a multi-faceted functional design piece created to represent the first point of contact for visitors to the Victoria & Albert museum during the London Design Festival 2013. The curved desk is made from ultra-versatile DuPont™ Corian® high-tech surface, which has been machined into a specially designed finish created by Giles Miller Studio, a young team of designers fascinated by the manipulation of light and reflection in surfaces.

Taking classic louvre slats as inspiration, Giles Miller Studio has generated panels that have various levels of directional reflection inlaid into the surface. The panels interplay with the light depending on their orientation and the effect is beautifully fulfilled in this dazzling display of geometric reflection. The ‘depth’ of texture in the design is enhanced by the application of a significant new colour technology for DuPont™ Corian® in the form of Deep Nocturne – a profoundly dark and saturated shade of black that writes a fresh chapter in the surface design palette. Part of the multi-year ‘Endless Evolution’ initiative for DuPont™ Corian®, this is the first colour created with the new DeepColour Technology which enables DuPont to provide darker, deeper and more durable hues, with easier fabrication and improved resistance to wear.

Other techniques used in the fabrication of the desk include the engraving of a 5axis CNC machined surface pattern, plus seamless joining to achieve the elegant curvature of the design for a sleek, ‘monolithic’ effect. The desk will be positioned in the main foyer of the V&A, as an iconic emblem and focal point for information about the London Design Festival and it is intended to be re-used year after year.

“I hugely enjoyed the experience of working with DuPont™ Corian® on applying our own studio’s surface techniques to such an intriguing, adaptable and functional material. The opportunity to be one of the first to work with the benefits of the new DeepColour technology and this beautiful new black is also very satisfying. For us, the idea of working with DuPont™ Corian® to present a project at the V&A museum during the London Design Festival is collaborative perfection!” says Giles Miller.

DuPont™ Corian® is a ground breaking, high-tech solid surface with a vast and inspiring range of applications that open up new horizons for design. With its sophisticated combination of beauty, durability and versatility, DuPont™ Corian® can be applied to almost any conceivable design scheme or sector, from interior to exterior and whether curved or angular, flat or textured, functional or decorative. Continually evolving and embodying new technologies, DuPont™ Corian® offers genuine longevity and confidence in performance. Available in over 80 colours, DuPont™ Corian® can be shaped into virtually any conceivable design and is joined seamlessly to create sleek, strong, hygienic and easy-care surfaces.


Designed by Giles Miller Studio


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