Periodically I google Cork just to see what designers are doing with one of my favourite tactile materials. I am still waiting to bump into a friendly patron-like cork supplier who wants to give me some play cork to experiment with.
Jasper Morrison is a designer with a thing for cork and he has several covetable stools on the market including these little rotund earth-coloured beauties for Moooi.
Up there on the left is another Jasper Morrison, this time for Vitra. Its "Stool A". On the right is a designer I have only just found - Daniel Michalik and his beautiful layered cork forms. Design Within Reach run an annual cork design competition where would-be-corkies make chair designs from a champagne cork. I am not allowed to enter because I am one of their designers - lucky because intricate craft is really not my thing! Below is the judges pick for this years Cork Competition:
And click on the image here for a terrific overview from the Inhabitat site on how cork is made.
Sally Dominguez writes, skis, designs and teaches, is curious about most things and loves Dr Seuss.