Unstoppable: The Return of Cork

Cork Mosaic Circles Sideboard by Iannone Design

Cork Mosaic Circles Sideboard by Iannone Design

Mention ‘cork’ and most people think of wine stoppers and lifeless pin boards. Cork has far reaching uses past the ordinary and is infamous for its Superman attributes. Aside from being 100% sustainable, it’s also waterproof, buoyant, fire-resistant, insulating, and resistant to mold and bacterial growth.  It also has a warm, pleasant scent.

Cork’s popularity has certainly risen in years past, but it’s not a new building material. Cork flooring was introduced in the late 1800’s and used in a variety of commercial and residential spaces, but its use quickly waned with the invention of vinyl flooring after WWII. The 1960’s and 70’s experienced brief flirtations with cork wall covering.

Lucky for the design industry, recent shift by wine makers from cork to synthetic wine stoppers, as well as a global push for sustainable building materials has caused a resurgence in cork’s popularity as a material of choice for interior applications.

Check out some favorites:

Oro Cork Fabric in color Azul by Habitus

Oro Cork Fabric in color Azul by Habitus

Float Lamp by Benjamin Hubert

Float Lamp by Benjamin Hubert

Corsica Chaise by Daniel Machalik

Corsica Chaise by Daniel Machalik

Corkcomfort Linn Moon by Wicanders

Corkcomfort Linn Moon by Wicanders

Cork Floor in Hangman Valley Residence by Uptic Studios

Cork Floor in Hangman Valley Residence by Uptic Studios

Asian Home Gym by JK and Sons

Asian Home Gym by JK and Sons

Cork Mosaic from Habitus. Design by Molley Frey Design.

Cork Mosaic from Habitus. Design by Molley Frey Design.

Super Tuscan Cork Mosaic Tile by Habitus

Super Tuscan Cork Mosaic Tile by Habitus

Dekwall in Bamboo Terra by Wicanders

Dekwall in Bamboo Terra by Wicanders

Zen Powder Room by HTR Renovations

Zen Powder Room by HTR Renovations

Wine Cork Tile by Yemm & Hart

Wine Cork Tile by Yemm & Hart

 

Related Links:

Iannone Design

Benjamin Hubert

Daniel Machalik

Wicanders

Uptic Studios

Yemm & Hart

John Kraemer & Sons (JK & Sons)

HTR Renovations

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Great article. I loved the furniture and the cork floors too. It is great for walls and also softens sounds.
    I am wondering if a finish of some kind was applied to the cork floor done by Uptic Studio?
    Thanks for the great ideas.
    I invite you to visit my blog at http://www.decordreamsandschemes.com and give me your thoughts, too.

    • Karen Egly-Thompson says:

      Hi Marsha, Thanks for your email. I’m not sure about the finish on the cork – whether it was factory or site-applied. You could contact Uptic Studios and ask them. I found the image on houzz, but there unfortunately wasn’t any product information included. I’d be happy to check out your blog – thanks! Karen

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