Cork – beyond its relationship with wine

wall of wine corks

When most people think of cork, they think of wine. What’s not to love about wine, really?!

Yet cork is far more versatile in its potential uses – and in many ways, it’s a dream material to create product from.

Why? Cork is a 100% natural, renewable, recyclable and biodegradable material that is obtained through an environmentally friendly harvesting process.

Trees are not cut down to be harvested – their bark is harvested every nine years. As a result, cork trees can live up to 300 years. Not only that, every time the bark is harvested the quality and smoothness of the cork improves!

The harvesting of cork bark uses a cutting method that has been passed down through generations of farmers. A careful oversized grid is cut into the outer bark using a traditional axe developed specifically for the task. Large sheets are peeled from the trunk, slightly charred to close the pores, then flattened with weights or the heat of the sun.

Cork-tree

If you’d like to see some beautiful images of cork harvesting in Portugal, we recommend visiting Daniel Michalik’s site.)

This natural material can be moulded, shaped, carved, pressed and sanded to almost any form you can imagine. Combine this with countless shades, grains and densities, this seemingly simple material becomes a designer’s dream.

Our first cork range has a terrazzo effect, which we created by blending recycled rubber with the cork.

Sounds simple? Well, most manufactures thought we were crazy! After countless photographs of flecked surfaces, confused conversations, and cork samples splashed with paint, our vision finally came to life.

The initial range includes desk holders, trays and a pen pot. It feels amazing, looks distinct and is a truly sustainable range. If it capture’s attention, we’d love to make much more with this versatile product.

Now, pass the wine please!

terrazzo cork

 

 

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