Cork – The Must-Have Matter

Very fashionable in the seventies, this slightly retro natural material, humble and warm, returns to the front of stage.
This current craze is not surprising –this material is endowed with numerous advantages: its excellent performances in thermal, acoustic and vibratory insulation, it is anti-allergic and has a good resistance to fire and water. It is soft, pleasant to the touch and provides an unmatched everyday comfort, even better than the most recent synthetic materials.

The cork oak tree harvested for its production is also an efficient carbon sink.
Originating from renewable sources and fully recyclable, cork lends itself perfectly for eco-conscious creations and the nature-inspired design trend.

Carlin has recommended it since several seasons:

Cahier Impulse Book Summer 2017, Tracks / Nature Tech – Eco-composites

Its versatility currently offers it a variety of expressions:

Designed cork

Its warm simplicity, coupled with its capacity of absorption of noise attracts international designers and architects. Cork is often used in combination with other materials, often very clean and in solid colors; these contrasts enhance its natural hue and asperities.

Eroded Stools by Alessandro Isola and Supriya Mankad.

A collection of stools carved from a solid volume of cork and partially covered with colored felt to pronounce an elegant curve in the material.

London office of Selencky Parsons architects

Selencky Parsons architects redesigned their own London studio using cork to line the walls, floors and desks to add a warmer atmosphere to the space.

Coffee bar and B&B in Beijing, China by Office AIO

The bright white timeless tiles on one side create a contrast with the warm cork panels on the other side. The cork is here also used as a sound absorber, making it an ideal choice of material in the context of a co-shared wall with the neighbouring living space.

Innovative cork

Innovation is achieved by intelligent new uses of matter, thus increasing the functionality of the object, new manufacturing processes and ingenious bio-sourced compositions.

Korko – Notox

Surfboard with high shock resistance, wax-free grip and reduced environmental impact due to its cork surface.

Orineo – Touch of Nature

A liquid-based bio-sourced composite which hardens at room temperature. Primarily locally-sourced from Europe, composed of 75-80% natural waste such as corks, coffee grounds, olive tree leaves, poppy seeds, fruit and seeds.


Sofalca Gencork

100% natural embossed cork in 3D form produced using digital technology

Refined cork

 Cork is transformed now by elaborate aspects – metallic glints and laser cut outs – ready for new and more sophisticated aesthetic expressions.

Isisi – Mosador 285/1

Cork punctuated with silvery material for a precious look.

AT+T – Sulacrima Lazer

Cork with laser cut-outs, to create an organic openwork pattern

natalie weinmann
Senior Consultant Lifestyle & Innovation

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