New York Sculptor and Architect Choose Vycom’s Designboard® for their Collaboration on Modern Home Design

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A sculptor and architect selected Vycom's Designboard to put their unique touches on a modern home in Staten Island, NY, with design elements that make it stand out with contemporary style.

Vycom's Designboard was the perfect artistic touch for a home exterior in Staten Island, NY.

Vycom's Designboard solved the problems of other materials with its lightweight, ease of fabrication, affordable cost and low-maintenance. --Mars Podvorica, architect, MAP'D Studio

Sculptor Dror Heymann and Mars Podvorica, an architect and principal of MAP'D Studio in New York City, selected Vycom's Designboard to create a unique modern exterior for a home in Staten Island. Podvorica asked Heymann to fabricate panels he’d designed for the façade that included cut-outs with a “personal touch,” including geometry borrowed from the traditional rugs of the client’s native home.

Heymann selected Vycom’s Designboard®, as a lighter, more cost-effective HDPE alternative to metal. The owner of LIOR, LLC in Brooklyn, Heymann works on many architectural projects that require an artistic touch. The Designboard was supplied by E & T Plastics of Long Island City, New York.

Designboard’s solid plastic material offers the rich designer shades and textures of wood and metals with the durability and weather resistance of solid HDPE. With superior scratch resistance, stiffness, and UV resistant options, it will not rust, corrode, rot, delaminate, or splinter.

Early in the project, the pair considered using steel or aluminum. Steel was too heavy and both metals were too expensive and challenging to fabricate, with additional attention needing to be paid to their finish.

“Discovering Vycom's Designboard solved all those problems,” explains Podvorica. “The material’s light weight, ease of fabrication, affordable cost and maintenance-free finish made it an excellent selection for our application.” He added, “Designboard's finish works well side-by-side with the other exterior material used—manganese iron spot bricks—with both materials shining and changing their appearance under direct sunlight.”

Heymann’s latest project in Brooklyn, NY, is one he describes as “a very interesting project.” Because of its proximity overlooking the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, developer New Style Development New York commissioned him to create an elegant natural shape with the formal aesthetic of a contemporary piece of architecture. He is working on developing an intricate design that will be cut into the Designboard panels prior to installation. With construction now well under way, the building will be mixed-use, residential and commercial.

Heymann said he loves exploring the use of new materials to add architectural detail and interest to his projects. “The intricate design of the Designboard will make a striking difference,” he said.

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