Cork is composed of suberin, a waxy substance and, because of its impermeable, buoyant, elastic, and fire retardant properties, it is used in a variety of products, the most common of which is wine stoppers. If all you know about cork is that is used for wine stoppers, then read on!
Cork design is the new in thing in the design industry today and is slowing becoming a fashionable part of everyone’s life. As cork is a natural product, it enriches any interior with its warmth and soft nature. It can be used in many ways, on the floor, ceiling and walls. It can also come in a variety of colours, from its classic and familiar honey tones all the way through to black.
Not only is it valued for its visual appeal but also its functional side and can be made into many different types of furniture. Another bonus to this material is that it is thermal and a sound insulator and needs very minimal maintenance.
Cork can be made into tiles. Tile pavements are useful as it is quiet, warm and comfortable. The distinctive look and durability makes this a perfect choice to use in many public places such as schools and hospitals, even inside a quirky home creating a fun and unique space. Their resistance, humidity and nonslip surface make them ideal for rooms such as laundry, kitchen and the bathroom.
Another idea for the use of cork is that it can be used to make lighting, tables, creative objects and decorative pieces. Cork is also sustainable and can be reused many times over making it a safe material to use.
WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
Just about every tree has an outer layer of cork bark, but the cork oak is the primary source of most cork products in the world. These trees primarily grow in countries that run along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, where there's plenty of sunshine, low rainfall and high humidity. The countries that produce the most cork include Portugal, Algeria, Spain, Morocco, France, Italy and Tunisia. This durable and fire resistant material seems to have taken the world by storm. This material has been transformed into many eye catching designs, once in a space, it’s really hard to believe the material you’re looking at is actually just cork!