Funky. Crazy. Creative.
The work of Corque Design is all of these and more.
This Portuguese company offers an interesting range of furniture & accessories, all crafted with cork taken from the Sobreiro (cork oak indigenous to the southern regions of Portugal). Unlike wood, the harvesting of cork does not involve felling but merely the periodic gleaning of bark from the trees, which are left to continue growing in good health. In addition to being a renewable resource, cork is recyclable, non-toxic and durable. The bark is extracted manually, which involves no damage to the living tree, while the proceeding manufacturing process involves little waste and a low usage of resources.
But what really sets Corque Design apart from many environmentally-conscious companies is the sheer whimsy and versatility of its product line. Designers have lots of room to play.
Check out the modular seating system Lagarta, which can be configured to almost any whim, or the Puf Fup, a free-form seat of strung cork balls reminiscent of a bean bag gone wild. Other options include the solid, toy-like Corqui and the more traditionally shaped frame chair, Vinco.
Moorish tile inspired another creation which can be used either as a desk or table, along with a matching sideboard. In fact, the company offers three different sideboards, each with a distinct voice.
The theme can be carried further with cork hot bases for the dinner table, cork candelabras, even a wine frapé formed of cork.
But my favorite thing is the wall covering. It’s simply beautiful and, through vibrant, is also soothing to the eye. Other attractions are its natural ability to absorb noise, act as thermal insulation, and – the mom in me loves this – it is washable. I hope more patterns are forthcoming!
In the US, Corque Design has product available at MoMA Design Store in New York, NY, and at Touch, in Los Angeles, CA. An online store is in the works but in the meantime go check out Corque Design on the web.