The Corkigami Chair, by Spanish designer Carlos Ortega, takes a flat material - cork - and much like paper, folds it in an origami-like manner, hence the name, into a three-dimensional shape that you can actually sit on.
The chair is available in 2 color choices, natural and chocolate.
Cork is quite flexible and strong at the same time, and this chair decided to push both of these properties to the limit. The shell rests on a solid oak stool, resulting in a very attractive design. To protect the cork, Ortega applies water-based varnish suitable for hard wearing surfaces such as cork floors, it is very flexible and makes the chair highly durable.
Cork makes for a comfortable seat structure that not only supports your body weight, it conforms to your body as you lean back. Cork is lightweight and is a sustainable material that can easily be recycled making it the perfect material choice. Four layers of 4mm thick cork are pressed flat together using a water-based glue. The shape is cut out, pulled together in place, and glued for extra strength. The natural cork happens to be the same color as the oak wooden legs creating continuity. Four simple screws connect the seat to the legs.
As Carlos Ortega started to imagine a seat made entirely out of cork, everyone said it was impossible, then he realized he had a challenge to work on. Cork is natural, sustainable, lightweight, quite strong, flexible, warm. All these qualities make cork a unique material. Corkigami aims to take these properties to the limit, and also refers to the process of making 3D objects from 2D materials.
Design Type: Handcrafted | One-of-a-kind
Materials: Laminated cork | Oak wood | Water-based glue
Sustainability: Eco-friendly raw materials | Recycable materials | Local ethically sourced materials | Sustainable production methods
Dimensions: 80 H x 65 W x 65 D cm
Weight: 15 kg
Delivery time: 3-4 weeks
Shipping: The bottom of the chair comes assembled. Light and easy assembly needed for the cork seat (4 screws). Packed in a solid cardboard box. Shipped by national carrier.
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Sustainable Design without Compromising Aesthetics and Performance
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)