Cork oak trees in Portugal offset 10 million tons of carbon annually and produce oxygen for the atmosphere, according to 100% Cork. These trees reinforced the socio-economic health of the southeastern Portugal region and through the harvesting process offer a renewable and sustainable option for future applications in architecture, industrial and interior design.Parsons School of Design and Corticeira Amorim (a leader in cork manufacturing) partnered to allow students to explore this with “The Thick Skin: Cork as Material for Designing New Futures.” Through in-person instruction and hands-on application sessions at their factories and research labs in Portugal, students were able to experiment with cork applications on various scales to create chairs, barstools, bowls, decorations, and anything else they could imagine. They worked to develop usable design forms and applications that enhance sustainable harvest and manufacturing of this valuable material.
Those projects will be on display at the Canal Street Market during NYCxDesign, May 18-24. There was an opening reception May 18 from 6-8 p.m. For more information and to see the full list of NYCxDesign events, click here.