Is Cork back in style?

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.

Our cork floor

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.

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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 stopper

Cork is also used in noticeboards, table tennis rackets, buoys, dart boards and shoes.

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And last weekend I saw cork lights from Benjamin Hubert. These lights look great hung in a cluster.

Cork Jewellery Making and Float Lights at Great Dane

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.

Vitra Side Table at Space

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?

 

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  1. We have cork in our kitchen – it was here when we moved in. It probably wouldn’t have been my first choice for the floor but I do like it. It is forgiving for those who do not mop religiously (like me!). I’ve seen dark coloured cork floors on a blog and it looked amazing. xx

  2. We recently built a new house and put cork down all through our living areas including the kitchen. Wood, would have been my first choice but cork was a close 2nd. It’s insulating properties, plus the gentle nature of it for walking and standing on were what won us over in the end. I have very little cartilage in both my knee caps so anything that reduces my pain level is a good thing. We opted for a darkish stained cork. Not black but a deep jarrah type colour.

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