Cork is durable, lightweight, naturally insulating, fire and rot resistant, and has a soft, pliable quality. It can be shaved thin enough to be used as a fabric for anything from handbags to upholstery. In thicker forms, or layered over other materials, cork makes great furniture and building materials.
For some great photographs and history about cork's production and use over the decades, go to the Canada based Jelinek's website as well as the Portuguese Cork Association's site.
Vitra's smart stools appear at first glance to be wine corks for enormous bottles. They're light and portable and would complement any decor.
Crafting websites have hundreds of clever ideas for repurposing wine corks, from turning them into picture frames to making ornaments to using them as knife cleaners or storage receptacles.
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Target offers an attractive cork bath mat.
And the professional design world has discovered cork as well. There are beautiful examples to be found in furniture and home accessories.
Their resiliency makes them a popular choice for kitchens, bathrooms and family rooms. Check out Ecohaus's selection as well as Jelinek Cork Group.
graphics into our furniture line cork fits the bill as a green material, and gives me a wide range of colors and finishes to create graphics with."
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Cork is the outer bark of the cork oak tree, found in the Mediterranean and, in particular, Portugal, where more than half the world's cork comes from. The trees are a remarkable renewable resource; the bark can be harvested every nine or 10 years for the life of the tree most live to about 200. A tree in its prime, at 80 years old, can yield 440 pounds of cork. That's enough raw material to produce about 25,000 natural wine corks.
In home renovation, we're seeing more cork flooring. Warm, quiet and comfortable underfoot, cork floor tiles are available in Omega Seamaster Skyfall 007 many patterns and colors at a modest cost.
MOMA's design store now features "Destination: Portugal," an exhibit of goods from that country's best designers. There are cork umbrellas, envelopes and stylish tableware.
Ferm Living has a charming set of cork placemats painted with a simple branch design, and a clever trivet fashioned out of little cork balls.
Simple Forms Design, the studio of Portuguese designers Alzira Peixoto and Carlos Mendonca, won the 2008 REDDOT Design Award for their cork bath collection, which includes geometric laser cut mats, soap dishes and even washbasins.
Branch Home, another retailer known for stocking eco friendly yet design savvy goods, offers a selection of cork trays, bowls and cutting boards in an array of sizes.
"As a green furniture designer, I'm always looking for new materials to expand the range of sustainable materials that are available," Iannone says. "We've always incorporated Omega Seamaster Deville Watch
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