Interior designer and decorator Anne Ellard: One of my favorite materials to work with is Corian. It is a nonporous, man-made material composed of acrylic resin and natural minerals. It’s an extremely versatile material that can be used to create almost anything, including vanity basins, wall paneling, tabletops and even bathtubs. It’s most commonly used in the home for countertops. It can be curved and rolled into almost any shape, and the seams are invisible. It’s also a renewable surface, so in the unlikely event that it gets damaged, it can be repaired onsite.

I love to use it on kitchen countertops and seamlessly return the surface up the wall behind the counter. I also love the fact that any number of sink bowls can be worked into the countertop using the same material and, again, with no [visible seams]. It’s such a great material to work with as a designer, and clients love its durability and hygienic qualities.