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25 June 2014 0


Today it’s time to reveal a little plan to you: Next week I will be going to Portugal to learn everything about a great natural material also used in interior design: cork. I have never thought about cork in particular apart from the moments when I’d be sniffing on a cork from a just opened bottle of wine. But recently I have discovered more and more amazing designs made partly or entirely of cork. And the invitation for a press trip to Portugal by the German and Portuguese Cork Association came just in time. So stay tuned on Instagram next week as I will be sharing my corky impressions on-the-go.

A fun side fact is that my friend and travel photographer Sivan Askayo gave me a fantastic present when I met her in Israel this spring: She offered me a beautiful photo she took of the city Porto. I have framed it and placed it on my sideboard and now it is like a little reminder that I will be there and in Lisbon in just a few days. But to make things more tangible and to give you an idea why I think that cork is trending in design, here are a few personal corky favorites:

1. Accessories line PLUG by Tomas Kral/ECAL via PCM Design
2. Coupoles lighting by Seletti
3. Storage jars by MENU
4. Salt and pepper mills by Nendo
5. Corkigami chair by Carlos Ortega Design
6. Pushpin stool/sidetable by Kenyon Yeh for Esaila

What do you think of cork in interiors? Do you own anything made of cork?

Cover photography by Igor Josifovic


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  • Reply Sarah @ Mocha 25 June 2014 at 07:35

    I love the look of cork. It’s such a beautiful and versatile material.

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 25 June 2014 at 16:32

      So do I & I am so happy to discover all from its original state until it gets processed into products in Portugal!

  • Reply KATJA/ NEOVIA HOUSE 25 June 2014 at 08:41

    I love cork, it is beautiful, soft, warm and ecological. I spent a summer holiday in Portugal last year, and saw so many nice products made of cork. Had no space to bring them home though.
    A pendant lamp would be nice, and that chair looks temtping!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 25 June 2014 at 16:33

      I am very curious to learn all about cork in Portugal, Katja. Last time I went to Portugal more than six years ago and I just remember that I loved every bit of it!

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey 25 June 2014 at 16:40

    Sounds like a good trip to me :-)* I do love Lars Beller Fjetland’s Drifted Stool for Discipline. Tho I don’t have any cork products as such at home.

    The Corkigami chair by Carlos Ortega Design looks a bit like the Pocket Chair from Discipline… or vive versa (just an observation). And love the Menu jars.


    • Reply Igor Josifovic 25 June 2014 at 18:18

      I love that you’re using the * in the comments now:-) So you!

  • Reply Maike Karen 25 June 2014 at 18:09

    Hi Igor,

    I love cork! I recently bought this coffee pot and mugs in Portugal, which you can also find in German online-shops: http://shop.schoener-waers.de/Teekanne-mit-Kork-The-Whistler-div-Farben
    I immediately fell in love..
    Maike Karen

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 25 June 2014 at 18:19

      This is so fun, Maike!! I bought EXACTLY the same tea pot (in turquoise) as a present! Love it! Didn’t know they’re from Portugal, too!

    • Reply Anonymous 9 July 2014 at 15:41

      and they are available in UK at http://www.e-side.co.uk

  • Reply Pia 4 July 2014 at 11:30

    I love the look of cork but worry about the durability of it and resistancy to stains/water. I’m contemplating of buying this https://www.iittala.com/Home-interior/Vitriini-Box-60-x-60-mm-clear-cork/p/K006206 Beautiful, isn’t it? Pia

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 4 July 2014 at 18:43

      Oh yes, this one is very beautiful!! I have the same in full glass and blue! Love Iittala!

    • Reply Alessia 9 July 2014 at 15:45

      Pia, cork is a natural material and it is easy to look after it. When in contact with water, cork will temporary darken; allow to dry thoroughly before putting your cork object away. Avoid contact with soapy or greasy water as that can stain the cork.

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