As you may have noticed, cork is BIG news in interiors at the moment. What was once a somewhat overlooked sustainable material is now featuring in everything from decor magazines to this seasons newest furniture collections.
This year there has been a continued focus on functional, practical design incorporating more natural materials and themes. Designers and home owners alike are increasingly looking for materials that have less of an impact on the environment. This surge in popularity for sustainable living has placed cork, among other materials that are recycled, recyclable, or come from renewable sources, back under the spotlight.
Cork’s unique texture, functionality, and versatility are what caught my eye, but the material has a multitude of features, some of which are quite unique.
So, why cork?
- Anti-static – resistant to dust and toxin absorption (great for those with allergies!)
- Antimicrobial and water-resistant – combats mold and mildew
- Sound absorbing
- Fire resistant
- 100% natural
- Environmentally friendly – bark is harvested every 9 years as opposed to cutting down the whole tree
- Lightweight and buoyant
- Natural insulation
Images via Pinterest by Michel Arnaud for Apartment Therapy; SupurbCook; midcenturyjo for Desire to Inspire; Coco Lapine Design; Tina Hellberg via Agent Bauer for Elle Decoration; Adria Goula for de zeen magazine; Muriel Alvarez for decocrush; Binti Home Blog; Flickr;
As always, please let me know any thoughts, criticisms, insights etc 🙂
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P.S. If you have a chance, take a look at the Sinnerlig Collection released earlier this year by Ikea in collaboration with London designer Ilse Crawford. The collection launched a range of cork and natural-fibre homeware products, SO divine!