Portugal is world-known for its wine, so, the salvaged cork becomes a source of inspiration for the local interior designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance. His home furniture is made from waste cork, Springwise says.
The limited-edition pieces emphasise the beauty of the natural material like a salvaged cork, said the Portuguese designer. Duchaufour-Lawrance’s limited edition Burnt Cork furniture collection is astounding. According to the artist, the collection was made in homage to the resilience and beauty that can arise from the destruction of forest fires.
Each piece of furniture is made from a natural material, the home furniture shows the transitions from a rough-hewn finish at the bottom to a smooth, fine-grained finish at the top. The look is reminiscent of the trunks of trees.
There are seven pieces in the curvy Burnt Cork collection. Its central piece is the dining room table, while chairs and chaise lounge are stylish additions. The Portuguese designer worked with two family-run businesses to achieve the final look. The cork used in the collection is upcycled waste remnants, cork itself being an eco-friendly material with which to work.
Being an absolutely ecological material, cork’s utility arises from its exceptional thermal and acoustic qualities. In particular, its water-resistance and hypoallergenic and antimicrobial properties make it perfect for the interiors. Because it can be harvested from living trees, it is an especially replenishing, naturally occurring material.
Cork is also particularly drought and fire-resistant, which in today’s climate of ever-increasing weather extremes, makes it an exceptionally useful crop.