Corkigami, a seat made entirely out of cork
Published on September 23, 2015
As Carlos Ortega started to imagine a seat made entirely out of cork, everyone said it was impossible: then they realized they had a challenge to work on. Cork is sustainable, natural, lightweight, quite strong, flexible, warm… All these attributes make cork a unique material. Corkigami aims to take these properties to the limit, and also refers to the process of making 3D objects from 2D materials. They choose cork as sheet material to make this shell construction simply using this technique.
Strength relies on both flexibility of the shell structure and a special process of lamination using quality cork. This is how they gain the strength for the seat. After lamination, they cut the shape out of the flat material to be able to bend it. Then, they glue it again on a simple curved former.
The shell rests on a solid oak stool, resulting a very attractive design. To protect the cork, they apply water-based varnish suitable for hardwearing surfaces such as cork floors, it is very flexible and makes the chair durable.