Trendwatch: Cork

I mentioned the use of cork in interiors products as a trend to watch a few months ago and it was interesting to note at London Design Festival that it's a material that suddenly seems to be everywhere.

This Boet stool (meaning nest in Swedish) by Note Design Studio (above left) was exhibited at Design Junction. It's produced by Mitab and is inspired by the soft, rounded shape of a birds' nest, elevated and protected by a strong tree. The seat 'nests' within a metal bowl, but its cork surface feels welcoming and warm to touch.

Note is a Swedish collective of architects, graphic and product designers and architects who create products that combine the elegant simplicity of Nordic design with a playful and almost naïve identity. They describe their Tembo stool for La Chance, made of stacked pieces of wood, metal, and cork (above right) as a  ‘modern totem’ with a playful aspect that's reminiscent of children’s toys and African tomtoms.

Around half of the world's cork production comes from Portugal and the Portugese stand at 100% Design featured cork products by Colour Design Concept, including bird houses, bowls and lighting.

Elsewhere, Marcin Bahrij's desk (above) is inspired by 1960s American school desks used in the 1960s in the US. On the underside of the worktop is a cork sheet which can be used as a notice board.

Also by Marcin Bahrij, this tripod stool is built like a photographic tripod, with legs connected by a metal stretcher.

Benjamin Hubert's cork lighting is made using waste cork from the manufacture of wine stoppers.

Cork dinner mats iconand House pin board iconby Ferm Living...

...and cork notebooks by Darkroom London.

Check out my pinterest board for more cork inspiration.