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Versatile, stylish, sustainable: cork is making a comeback

24.07.2017
Versatile, stylish, sustainable: cork is making a comeback

An ancient material, cork had its design heyday in the 1960s and 1970s, when it was used from furniture to wedge shoes. But the cork renaissance is now upon us as we turn to more environmentally friendly materials. 

 

Why cork?

 

Cork has an astounding number of advantages: it is light and buoyant, elastic and resilient, insulative and fire retardant. It is also impermeable to liquids, gases and dust meaning it is hypoallergenic and does not rot easily.

 

With an increasing awareness of the environmental impact of new buildings, cork has become a popular material. As the only tree whose bark can regenerate after harvest, and with an average lifespan of 250 years, it truly is a renewable, environmentally friendly resource.

 

So how can it be used?

 

 

NRT Top layer, Amorim

 

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Image: © Amorim

 

A key advantage of cork is that it doesn’t have to look like cork. Products such as Amorim’s NRT flooring solution offer all the benefits without the pin-board look of agglomerated cork. 

 

The NRT (Noise Reduction Technology) Top Layer is remarkably thin flooring that cuts down the noise in a room by half, is waterproof, and retains heat. The high-density cork is designed for direct and digital printing for customised designs. 

 

 

Cork Collection 03, Granorte

 

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Images: © Granorte

 

Portuguese manufacturer of natural finishing materials Granorte, boasts a strong portfolio of cork wall coverings. 

 

Its Cork Collection 03 is an exclusive line of modular cork tiles that combine in various ways to create unique three-dimensional patterns that add depth to vertical surfaces. Drawing inspiration from traditional Portuguese tiles and wood panelling of the 1950s and ‘60s, Collection 03 casts striking rhythmic pattern across the wall. Delivering endless creative possibilities, Collection 03 provides tactile textures and enhanced acoustic and thermal properties.

 

 

NuSpa, Granorte

  

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Images: © Granorte

 

Pushing the boundaries of what cork can do is the NuSpa collection of sanitary ware by Granorte. Waste cork from wine stopper manufacturers is sculpted to a high accuracy to produce a freestanding bath, washbasin, and stool. 

 

The distinctive undulating design of the collection emphasises the tactile nature of the material. Not only are the pieces visually striking, the cork’s natural insulating properties maintains water temperature for longer, is comfortable, safe, and sustainable. 

 

Watch a NuSpa bath being sculpted:

 

 

 

 

Kitchenware, Amorim

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Images: © Amorim

 

Amorim has developed a line of ‘food contact’ materials suitable for use with food. Complying with European health and safety regulations, the products are natural, cost effective and recyclable. They take the traditional agglomerated cork aesthetic and turn it into stylish practical items for the home.

 

 

Cork Collection 02, Granorte

  

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Images: © Granorte

 

Granorte’s Cork Collection 02 is an array of quirky Moon chair, stack seat

 

It is made from 100 percent post-industrial cork waste from the manufacturing of natural cork stoppers and manufactured through an eco-efficient process.

 

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