When I was out and about last weekend at Saturday In Design I came across a couple of cork products and was wondering if cork is making a comeback.
Our house has cork flooring in the kitchen and living room and personally, I can’t wait to rip it up. It was very popular in the 1970’s and is warm in winter and soft underfoot. It’s also great for camouflaging any dust and dirt.
Cork comes from a medium-sized evergreen oak tree that forms a thick bark. This bark can be harvested every 9 years or so to produce cork. As no trees are destroyed to produce cork, it is a very sustainable product.
Most of us will be familiar with cork flooring and of course the stoppers used in wine bottles. Although these days corks rarely appear in wine with the advent of screw top bottles. French monk, Dom Pierre Perignon was the first to use cork to seal his champagne in 1680.
Cork is also used in noticeboards, table tennis rackets, buoys, dart boards and shoes.
And last weekend I saw cork lights from Benjamin Hubert. These lights look great hung in a cluster.
Later in the day I noticed this cute little side table made from cork, at Space. It is by Jasper Morrison and comes in a range of shapes and sizes.
So, do you think cork is making a comeback or is it just a case of being attuned to something and then noticing it everywhere?