Quirky Cork: Eco Friendly Interior Designs

By Emily Georgiou

When it comes to vegan fashion, cork is already well known. Designers ranging from Meg Matthews and  NAE  to Christian Louboutin and Robyn Brooks use the material to create incredible shoes and bags. And no wonder.

Cork is a super strong, all natural  buoyant  material,  made from  bark that’s harvested  from  Quercus Suber  (the Cork Oak), which is  native  to southwest  Europe  and  northwest  Africa. It’s easily dyed and painted, allowing designers like NAE to create interesting patterns on their shoes, for example.

Water and damp-proof, cork is also a fabulous for acoustics  and a wonderful thermal insulator, so it’s only logical that it’s being used now to insulate under floors,  walls and ceilings–but its rich texture and natural colour also looks great on walls and floor tiles, too.

Until recently, cork has  been greatly underused within interiors, but this  seems to be changing. This inexpensive, eco friendly material can be used in a variety of  different ways in the home to create a high-end look in all decorative items, ranging from furniture and ambient lighting.

Additionally, this eco-friendly material appeals to those who are conscious about their environmental footprint because it is a  renewable resource  that’s completely non-toxic, unlike many other types of furniture that are made with harmful glues, fireproofing chemicals and other materials that can actually make you sick. Wonderfully modern tables, lamps, chairs and even wash basins have been stylishly made from cork, and of course, households benefit from its anti-bacterial, anti-mold qualities (hey, it’s been used to bottle wine for centuries for a reason!)

While fast-growing bamboo and wicker are also on the rise as an eco-friendly interiors materials, cork is even better, as no plants have to die for its use, and more importantly, when demand for cork rises, protection for Cork Oak forests increases.

Check out our selection of the best in quirky cork. The possibilities seem endless!

Simple Forms Wash Basin

Porcelain? Common. Stone? Great. Cork? Unique! It’s waterproof and practical, so why not use it in basins?

Get it here.

Pianissimo Pendant Lamp

Deep scoring in the cork makes this simple pendant lamp stand out.

Get it here.

Trevor O’Neil Dulce De Leche Bench

Created from recycled materials, this bench does indeed look like a slab of yummy chocolate with dulce de leche lozenges!

DMFD Praia Design Bowl

Whether it’s used to hold fruit, potpourri or on its own, this beautiful, eco-bowl makes a lovely decoration.

Buy it here.

Carlos Ortega Cork Chair

Minimalistic and practical, Carlos Ortega’s design is ideal for industrial settings or a home office.

Buy it here.

Benjamin Hubert Float Lamps

The light inside shines a different hue on the inside of the lamp, giving them an interesting dimension.

Buy them here.

18. Benjamin Hubert- Float

Simple Forms Moon Chair

This comfy cutout chair could only be made cosier with the presences of a colour-popping cushion.

Get it here.

3. Simple Forms Design-Moon Chair

Main image: Lucie Koldova for PerUse

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