Natural cork, reclaimed wenge, birch plywood and maple cabinet

01/29/2012

With the amount of stuff dumped into landfills it is always great to see someone reusing materials to create something new and beautiful. Furniture designer Joe Pipal has created a very simple and clean wall mounted cabinet using reclaimed materials and cork on the front panels.

I designed this cabinet to try and best utilize the beautiful materials, notably the wenge which is reclaimed parquet floor and originates from west Africa but has had a life spent on the floor of the old baltic exchange in London. The natural Cork block which is harvested from Cork trees in Portugal and elsewhere in the Mediterranean. I constructed the cabinet in such a way that the Wenge forms a cladding on the outside and along with the Cork doors are visually the main elements of the piece. I wanted the form to be simple to emphasize the repetitive use of the parquet blocks and the cork and highlight the subtle and striking changes of grain and figure in both the materials.

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