Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Current Fixation // Cork Textiles

Until recently, I gave cork little thought. I pinned magazine tears to my cork backed mood board and wore it on the soles of my shoes. I knew it was used as flooring and I certainly admired it when used in mid-century decor- as lamps or wall coverings. But I'll admit that beyond that, I never considered incorporating it into my own home.

But then something changed and I started to look at cork in a fresh new way.  Gone were the chunky textures of yesteryear and rolls of cork suddenly became more than the mediocre grade found on the shelves of office supply stores.

Designers were using sleeker cork wall coverings in more polished, contemporary patterns and I certainly took notice.

The metallics? Forget about it. I'm was and still am completely smitten.

But maybe I had to understand a little more about it- where it comes from, how it's made and why it's one of the most ecologically friendly materials used on the planet to appreciate it all the more. 

Cork harvesting is truly an art handed down from father to son in countries an ocean away. 

When you see something like that, the fact that it can eventually become high-end, wearable designs like these below really fosters a new appreciation for the stuff. The fact that it's sustainable only sweetens the deal. 

I couldn't resist and found a way to incorporate cork into my own home. I've been dying to share this latest project with you because it's effect was so impactful for very little time and money. 
Be sure to check back in with me tomorrow for the full reveal!

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Albertina M. Cisneros said...

I had no idea trees could be harvested so many times for cork...fabulous. I love it...its cozy. My friend covered her girls' playroom with cork so they wouldn't scratch the wood floor and it looks so good....plus its great for soundproofing. Loved this post!

Anonymous said...

Whoa!! I have never thought of using cork for anything but a bulletin board!! Can't wait to see what you did with cork in your home!! xo

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