Trevor O’Neil who is a furniture designer, painter, and sculptor who has created this interesting cork sofa with multiple sitting areas. The great thing about Trevor’s couch is that it is more work of art then furniture in my opinion.

Trevor O’Neil’s furniture is made to order and are made from recycled or discarded materials making each piece unique and one of a kind. Trevor O’Neil Design studio is based in Chicago, IL.

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Phase Design is known for their unique and interesting objects and they have gone one step beyond by using cork fabric on their chairs and sofas.

“The challenge of design is to create something that is unique  and functional, but above all has a nuanced and memorable personality. I like my work to be simple yet ingenious; to be understated yet be able to stand out and get noticed.”

Phase Design was founded in Los Angeles in 2000 by award winning self-taught designer Reza Feiz. Working within his philosophy of “strength in simplicity,” he uses solid woods, metal and fiberglass in luxurious finishes to realize his simple, yet dynamic furniture, lighting and tabletop designs. With all of Reza’s creations, he seeks to balance delicate physicality and practical functionality.

He has shown his work worldwide gaining international attention, and has been acquired by some of the most discriminating clients ranging from Kiehl’s Since 1851 to Tom Ford. Reza has been featured in a long list of publications, starting with Surface Magazine where Reza was named a “tag team” member – one of a group of select young designers who represent the leading edge of discovery in design. Los Angeles Magazine named Feiz as one of the city’s hottest designers in its July 2006 issue, Flaunt magazine dubbed Reza a ‘Style Pioneer’ and more recently Fabrik magazine named Reza as ‘LA designer who influences world design.’

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Cork can be made into many objects and sometimes they can turn out really ugly but this is a great use of cork in a modern form. This beautiful cork chair is a modern piece of furniture designed by Christian Brown. Read More

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This furniture is pretty cool looking in a very mod/Jetson sort of way. I like the designers futuristic approach to the furniture and it reminds me of the architectural movement that created such landmarks as the space lounge at the LAX airport.

The design is intended to breathe personality into a lifeless object, Contact with cork is unforgettable: its velvety texture and the feeling of warmth that it gives make it an extraordinary material, suitable for making contact with the user. The cork industry is being displaced by the plastic stopper, so cork is a material in economic retreat. This research and design project aims to find new applications for the cork industry, with an effort focused on new types of consumer goods and their manufacture, finding different industrial applications and defining designs based on cork. Read More

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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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Suberra has used their specially manufactured cork and attached it to a small island to create a functional piece of furniture for your kitchen. The cork island top is a solid piece of cork (awesome) and impermeable to water, air and is resistance to contamination by E.coli, salmonella and listeria.

Last year at ICCF the material du jour was felt; while its presence is still being, well, felt, this year the stuff that dreams are made of is cork. And not just thin sheets of cork but big honking blocks of the stuff. It is post-industrial recycled cork (what is left after the wine corks are cut out), ground up and compressed with a polyurethane binder. The importers, Ecosupply, have been using Suberra Cork for kitchen counters for years. Read More

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Nick Tretiak is a furniture designer from Minneapolis and is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in Industrial Design. Visit his website to find out more about him.


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