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Ortega uses oak (Quercus Alba) and cork (Quercus Suber), both coming from the same tree species, and that is probably why they combine so well.
The Woork Chair's production follows the same principles of Ortega's acclaimed Corkigami Chair. Featuring the use of laminated cork and laminated wood veneer, Ortega tries to get the best out of each material. The production process involves the lamination of different pieces (cork and wood) which are cut to size and then carefully glued together. This resembles shoe making techniques. A hard wearing finishing coat will be applied as a finishing touch.
This simple and visually arresting design fits perfectly in any living room, bedroom, children's room, men's den, and workspace.
Spanish studio Carlos Ortega Design imagines and produces furniture, lightning, consumer goods, mainly made of wood. The wood is sourced from well-managed forests, so you can be sure it is designed and manufactured by keeping the environment in mind.
Inspired by raw materials and low-waste manufacturing processes Ortega delivers top quality and long lasting products. The designer develops relevant products that perform well, driven by his observation of usability and identification of needs.
FSC CERTIFIED WOOD
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. The FSC does this by setting standards on forest products, along with certifying and labeling them as eco-friendly.
CORK, A SUSTAINABLE, ECO-FRIENDLY, INNOVATIVE MATERIAL FOR THE HOME
Sustainability has been a hot topic for a good few years now and designers are increasingly looking for materials that have a lesser impact on the environment. Materials that are recycled, recyclable, or come from renewable sources are gaining in popularity and really starting to make their mark in product design and architecture.
However, there are some sustainable materials that have been around for years and that have, until now, been somewhat overlooked. One of these materials is cork, an impermeable, buoyant, elastic and fire resistant material that is harvested from the cork oak forests of Southern Europe and North Africa. Cork comes from the bark of the Cork Oak Tree. The extraction of the bark is a process that doesn’t harm the tree and it is renewable. Every nine years there is new bark to be removed. Cork is a material that comes directly from nature and there is very little processing involved. The ecological footprint from its extraction until the final product is incredibly low compared to the industry average of plastic production.
When you hold a cork object in your hand you notice that you are holding a bit of nature, that’s the beauty of cork. Moreover, because cork is sustainable, the more people buy it, the more the cork industry needs to plant more cork oak trees, and that creates a cycle that is healthy for the environment of our planet. So supporting cork is supporting nature. When designers find cork, they find a perfect material for their creations, one that responds to all of their concerns because it is aesthetically beautiful, functional and eco-friendly.
- Green Design Gallery (GDG)