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The January 2016 Maison & Objet show certainly did not disappoint and our buying team spent two days marvelling at the sheer volume of inspiration and beautiful new interior design trends on display.

Walking through the stands we noticed immediately the presence of one, innovative material: the cork. Be ready to have it in your home really soon.

Used for years as pure isolating and architectural element, nobody paid attention to this material until now.

The cork finally finds its purpose with other materials as metal and concrete and it works extremely well with pastel and fluo colours.

Vases, lamps, chairs and tables are made with this soft and 100% ecological material.


Pop Cork by Tania da Cruz


Basil Side Table by Petit Fruiture


Porto Chair by Rodet


Cork Vase by Blomingville


Storage Stone Jar by Menu


The producers explained to us that – if conveniently treated – the cork is absolutely waterproof and resistant and you can use it in exterior environments. Especially if it is “cooked”.

In fact, the expanded black cork is the real protagonist. It has a fantastic colour – really similar to chocolate – ad an innovative aspect. The treatment makes the material stronger and we tested it, with our hands. We tried to ruin the surface without remarkable results.


UnderConstruction stool by Blackcork


Omega Chair by Blackcork


Jasper Morrison for MOOI. Black Cork Stool

The presence of this 100% natural and eco material is a pleasent confirmation of a most generic design trend: sustainability. Designers and producers are really taking care of our planet and enviroment using more natural materials.

The event’s theme is dedicated to a more natural orientation.

We return to the forest to reset. Forms and materials reconnect with elements to be in line with Mother Earth.The wild poetic gleans the elementary, the raw, the misshapen, the corroded, the burnt , the scarified. We reinject some nature into the urban space, in search of new wastelands. As shamans, designers call upon the magic of spirits and supernatural forces. ReWild Yourself”.

The WILD pavilion, curated by The Observatories of Maison and Object and François Bernard, is a perfect showcase of innovative and natural solution to exhibit. Find out more on our related article THE WILD PAVILION – MAISON AND OBJECT 2016.

Also Ikea launched its cork collection last year. That’s just to tell you how cork will be more and more present in our home. The collection is called Sinnerlig and it’s absolutely fabulous.

This is a Low-budget option to add a touch of cork in your home.


Front Image: Spherical by Movecho


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