Natural, versatile and surprisingly strong, what’s not to love about cork!
28 March 2018
Text by Louisa Clare Lim
Environmentally friendly and having a distinctive tactility, cork is delightfully versatile. The all-natural material is also anti-static, anti-microbial, water-resistant and fire-resistant.
No longer just for bottle corks and cork boards, this trendy material can now be seen all over and is used in countless applications, from tableware to panelling. Favoured for its raw, utilitarian aesthetic, it also matches well with other natural materials and elements.
#1 Cork Family (above)
Designed by Jasper Morrison, the Cork Family comprises three robust stools or side tables made entirely of cork. Lightweight but durable, they have a delightful velvety feel to them.
Available at Vitra by Grafunkt
#2 Karlsnas Frame
Designed by Anki Gneib, this minimalistic frame is made of a cork base and an acrylic plastic frame.
Available at Ikea
#3 Normann Copenhagen Mormor Sugar Bowl
Part of the Mormor collection of kitchen and dining ware by Gry Fager, this porcelain sugar bowl with a blue chequered pattern is topped with a functional cork lid.
Available at Kuhl Home
#4 Muratto Organic Blocks Hexagon Panelling
One of Muratto’s many collections, the Organic Blocks range of cork wall coverings allows one to experiment with volume, shapes, colours and designs.
Available at Beltiston
#5 Casper Stool
Designer Michael Sodeau’s Casper for Modus is a playful stool made entirely of recycled cork. The sturdy stool with rounded edges has two holes for easy lifting. Its simple, yet fun silhouette is undoubtedly reminiscent of the friendly cartoon ghost it’s named after.
Available at Modus
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