Daniel Michalik has an incredible range of furniture made entirely from cork wastage from the bottle stopper industry. Cork is an extremely important element in eco-friendly design because it can be harvested from trees without cutting the tree down. The trees will continue to grow even long after the cork has been harvested. Cork can be used in many design situations from furniture construction to flooring applications. It’s pliability makes it an extremely versatile material that is sustainable, recyclable and in supply in a great abundance.
This lounge chair is made entirely from cork and is called the Cortica. This piece shows the materials incredible ability to bend in two different directions simultaneously. This bent sheet is 72″ long to cradle the recliner’s entire body and allow total support. The cork suspends the seated person so that they feel entirely weightless. The bends in the material allow the resting person to rock from side to side as well as forwards and backwards. In this manner, the user becomes entirely buoyant as if they are floating on the ocean.
Cork is 100% natural waterproof quality as well as the feeling Cortica gives the user sparked the imagination of the designer. He set off with two test subjects, two cork lounge chairs and a camera to the nearby local beach. The resulting movie is pretty incredible to watch and can be seen on his web site.
His work is incredibly resourceful, full of humor and functionality while still making other designer’s drool with envy. Daniel Michalik is sure to be featured here again and I’ll certainly keep an eye on his up and coming designs. His work is currently being featured at Voos Furniture design.