All posts tagged: cork

Portguese Cork Surfboard for the MBoard Project

Mercedes-Benz Portugal has produced a new surfboard in collaboration with Corticeira Amorim for Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara made almost entirely of Portuguese cork. The new board was recently presented toMcNamara by Mercedes-Benz Portugal CEO, Joerg Heinermann and Commercial Manager of Amorim Cork Composites, Alberto Batista. The MBoard Project, started by Mercedes-Benz in 2013, resulted in the production of four boards designed by BBDO Portugal and developed in partnership with McNamara for the North Canyon Project and the Mercedes-Benz Design Studio. As part of this joint effort dozens of design, research, aerodynamics, and materials development specialists helped manufacture the ideal board to surf big waves in Nazaré, Portugal. Cork seemed the natural next step. According to McNamara, “Since Portugal is the world’s largest cork producer, it makes perfect sense to use this material to make high-performance surfboards for surfing in Nazaré. When we surf big waves, we need a flexible board, although resistant enough not to break.” McNamara currently holds the record for the biggest wave ever surfed, securing himself a place in the Guinness Book of Records. The athlete used boards designed by Mercedes-Benz …

Cork Peg from Molo Design

As I’ve mentioned before, I love objects made of cork. The Cork Peg accessory from the Vancouver-based, multidisciplinary design firm Molo Design, features a magnetic mounting system (two magnets and a cup connection point that screws into the wall) that gives you the freedom to create a grid, line, or any other arrangement with the pegs. Made of natural cork, the 1.5” x 6” pegs can hold between 2.65 and 4.85 pounds (1.2 kg and 2.2 kg) depending on whether the item is placed in the middle or on the end. Cork Peg is available directly from Molo’s online store. A set of two units are $50 USD.

Corque Design

Corque Design, a Portuguese design studio focused on working in cork, recently made its official debut during NY Design Week. The firm showcased 15 products that are now available in the U.S. market, including furnishings and home accessories. Founder Ana Mestre started the company in 2009 hoping to take advantage of Portugal’s abundant natural supply of cork, which is a recyclable, non-toxic, and rapidly-renewable material that is extracted every nine years from the Sobreiro (cork oak) without the need to cut it down. I am happy to see cork getting some attention, as the industry took a quite a hit back in the mid-1990s when some wineries swapped the traditional cork stopper with plastic “corks” or metal screw tops. In fact, in an effort to promote the use of cork in the building products industry, in 2001 I was invited by the Portuguese trade commission to tour a cork forest. Unfortunately, the trip was cancelled a few days after 9/11. Included in this new collection is Rolha, a group of four cork candlesticks designed by Fernando Brizio, …