Materia

Reusable and completely biodegradable, cork  is one of the most versatile and sustainable materials in the world -environmentally, socially and economically. Impermeable to liquids and gases, elastic, compressible, highly resistant yet light and buoyant, cork's potential as a leading material for the 21st CENTURY is only now being realized, with cutting edge R&D pushing the boundaries of invention.

 

Spearheading this drive for innovation is the Portuguese company Amorim, world leader in the cork industry. In addition to high-performance applications for the aeronautical, construction and wine-producing industries Amorim is now looking to put cork center stage into the everyday. Fusing the material's unique sensory qualities and personality with a designer's flair, MATERIA is a collection of objects that work well and feel good in contemporary homes and lifestyles. Curated by experimentadesign, it was designed by 12 leading designers.

 

Cork is nature's own high-tech achievement. Down to the cell structure, its unique composition and characteristics cannot be replicated by anything man-made. Extracted from the bark of the cork oak -a native specimen of the Western Mediterranean basin- cork is a state-of-the-art raw material, requiring minimum transformation or processing before use. MATERIA will reveal cork’s potential for comfort, functionality and sensory delight.