Contract - Design Materials: Cork and Circumstances, Sustainable Designs from Daniel Michalik

design - essay



Design Materials: Cork and Circumstances, Sustainable Designs from Daniel Michalik

01 November, 2010



Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it certainly has done wonders for the designs of Daniel Michalik, a young, Brooklyn-based furniture designer. “Humans are naturally curious and seeing a material used in a new and non-traditional way naturally triggers inquisitiveness,” says Michalik. It was this natural curiosity that led Michalik to his own key to success—cork.

While most picture the squishy, naturally occurring material as only suitable for stopping up wine bottles or as a wall-mounted tack board, Michalik sees cork as an ideal design solution. His unique collection of products—from chairs, to benches, to bowls—are composed entirely of cork. “I realized cork can take these shapes and forms that other materials can’t. On top of that, it’s natural and self-replenishing, so I wasn’t dealing with the environmental problems that plastics and metals present.”cork chairs stacked

Amazingly, cork is quite flexible and able to stretch and bend into a variety of shapes. To craft his designs, Michalik manipulates the cork into sheets (Sway Stool), blocks (Float Chair), and impressive spoon-like forms (Cortica Chaise Lounge and Minhoca Stool). Since all of his designs are composed of only cork, the products are safe for outdoor use and offer a welcoming, velvety texture to users.

As and added bonus to cork’s organic sustainable qualities, Michalik’s process allows him to utilize a majority of the base material across his product portfolio. “What’s nice about it is there’s not a lot of waste. I’m just taking one sheet or compressed granulated pieces and carving it all out. Other times what I do is I do start with a block and cut it into the right size and shape and glue it together,” he explains.

Michalik holds an intense passion for finding the potential in underutilized, alternative materials. He believes that there is a need for designers to push their creativity with eco-healthy materials and get them to perform in different ways. “If we widen our scope in material choice, then we also widen our scope in form and design, manufacturing, and all those things that go along with it,” he says.

cork lounge seat




Design Materials: Cork and Circumstances, Sustainable Designs from Daniel Michalik

01 November, 2010


courtesy of Daniel Michalik

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it certainly has done wonders for the designs of Daniel Michalik, a young, Brooklyn-based furniture designer. “Humans are naturally curious and seeing a material used in a new and non-traditional way naturally triggers inquisitiveness,” says Michalik. It was this natural curiosity that led Michalik to his own key to success—cork.

While most picture the squishy, naturally occurring material as only suitable for stopping up wine bottles or as a wall-mounted tack board, Michalik sees cork as an ideal design solution. His unique collection of products—from chairs, to benches, to bowls—are composed entirely of cork. “I realized cork can take these shapes and forms that other materials can’t. On top of that, it’s natural and self-replenishing, so I wasn’t dealing with the environmental problems that plastics and metals present.”cork chairs stacked

Amazingly, cork is quite flexible and able to stretch and bend into a variety of shapes. To craft his designs, Michalik manipulates the cork into sheets (Sway Stool), blocks (Float Chair), and impressive spoon-like forms (Cortica Chaise Lounge and Minhoca Stool). Since all of his designs are composed of only cork, the products are safe for outdoor use and offer a welcoming, velvety texture to users.

As and added bonus to cork’s organic sustainable qualities, Michalik’s process allows him to utilize a majority of the base material across his product portfolio. “What’s nice about it is there’s not a lot of waste. I’m just taking one sheet or compressed granulated pieces and carving it all out. Other times what I do is I do start with a block and cut it into the right size and shape and glue it together,” he explains.

Michalik holds an intense passion for finding the potential in underutilized, alternative materials. He believes that there is a need for designers to push their creativity with eco-healthy materials and get them to perform in different ways. “If we widen our scope in material choice, then we also widen our scope in form and design, manufacturing, and all those things that go along with it,” he says.

cork lounge seat

 


Post a Comment
Asterisk (*) is a required field.
*Username: 
*Rate This Article: (1=Bad, 5=Perfect)

*Comment:
 




follow us

advertisement


advertisement






advertisement


advertisement




Contract Magazine is devoted to highlighting creative interior design trends and ideas that are shaping the industry on a daily basis. Contract is proud to provide you with the most comprehensive coverage of commercial interior design products and resources that procure uniqueness when designing a space. Contract is the modern interior design magazine that recognizes fresh interior design ideas and projects powerful interior design resources.

 

Contract Magazine Home | Interior Design News | Interior Planning Products | Interior Design Research | Interior Design Competitions | Interior Design Resources | Interactive Interior Designing | Digital/Print Versions | Newsletter | About Us | Contact Us | Advertising Opportunities | Subscriber FAQs | RSS | Sitemap

© Emerald Expositions 2014. All rights reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy