It’s a little like peeling away the layers of an onion.
At first glance, the refreshment center in Hasenkopf GmbH’s new showroom in Mehring, Germany is a simple and elegantly crafted countertop and bar. Upon closer examination, one finds examples of solid surface skillfully integrated into the design in unconventional applications.
The Corian Dune countertop, for example, boasts a soft drink dispenser with spigots mounted on a solid surface riser. Below the dispenser is a drain cut into the countertop deck in a starburst pattern that includes a removable panel for maintenance and cleaning. To the left of the soft drink station, champagne on ice is conveniently stored in a special built-in well with its own drain. At the opposite end of the countertop sits an integral bowl with a solid drainboard/sloping worktop area that transitions into the sink with a waterfall edge.
Looking down, thermoformed tambour-like solid surface doors with hidden hinges grace the server side of the peninsula cabinet. Triple thick front panels constructed of Corian Anthracite and Pompeii Red utilize multi-directional thermoforming to create sweeping façades cladding the outside of the display. A glass bar top with chrome supports mounted to the countertop and façades helps set off the modern design.
Even the wall cabinets get into the solid surface act. Doors constructed of acrylic panels framed in Corian Anthracite reintroduce color and reflectivity to the distinctive European design.
Hasenkopf, solid surface fabricator and manufacturer of cabinet drawers and hardware, completed its new 90,000 sq.-ft. production facility and showroom in November of 2001. The company also manufactures Corian thermoformed bowls, shower bases and vanity tops.