Its spring racing carnival in Melbourne and what better reason to pop open a bottle or two of bubbles?
Being a champagne and bubbles girl for most of my adult life, I’ve been saving corks for years and just as my collection grew to a size that was ready to donate for recycle, I found that the recycle project in Australia had ended and hence I ponder what to do with my 200+ corks, as they are simply too beautiful to discard.
I grew up in the 70’s with a cork floored kitchen, so I’m thinking that the whole cork concept might be a bit daggy and unfashionable. Having said that, what goes around comes around and ‘environmentally responsible’ cork, while seemingly unconventional, has always been regarded for its amazing qualities – impermeability, buoyancy, elasticity and fire resistance.
So, in search of ideas, I started to look at how cork is being used nowadays, and to my delight I’ve uncovered some amazingly beautiful cork creations that are worth sharing.
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These little beauties are by NY based furniture designer Daniel Michalik. His use of this engaging yet unconventional material showcases its natural beauty and flexibility.
Also from New York, this one is for the kids. Designed by UM Project (UM meaning Users & Makers), this playful piece, called the “Unidentified Magical Object” or U.M.O. is crafted almost entirely from renewable cork and could be a coffee table, bench or kids desk – let your imagination be the guide.
The team at Iannone Design has utilised an array of cork hues to create a stunning image. The decorative doors of their cork mosaic sideboard hide your clutter while adding an artistic accent to your living space.
Ok, so now I can’t stop. I’m loving this material and feeling totally inspired. But before I show you more here’s a little bit about cork…
There are about 2,200,000 hectares of cork forest worldwide producing about 300,000 tons per annum and 50% of the worlds cork comes from Portugal.
Each cork tree lives to about 200 years old and is stripped of its cork bark after 25 years and then every 9 years after that.
Ok, lets pop a couple more corks…
Material driven designer Benjamin Hubert from the UK has created these hand turned portugese cork lamps and aptly named them “Float “ There’s a slide show of the making process on his website that is worth a look
The Puf Fup is a seat designed to challenge the creativity of its user. Its like a giant beaded necklace designed by Ana Mestre. It provides a unique sensorial experience for your body as you come in contact with the perfect cork spheres.
Meanwhile in Australia, I had the good fortune to meet the Asher Abergel of Dezion Studio at Design Made Trade – one of my favourite showcases of new designers in Australia and just look at what he’s doing with cork.
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