materia i have done three posts recently on some nice cork things designed for the portuguese based materia: the bote boats, torno shelf, and pinha lampshade. until now though, i had been unable to find any links or information on the brand. but, now i do (click the 'materia' link above)!

above is another nice product from the collection, the 'gelo' ice bucket by filipe alarcão.

Reusable and completely biodegradable, cork  is one of the most versatile and sustainable materials in the world -environmentally, socially and economically. Impermeable to liquids and gases, elastic, compressible, highly resistant yet light and buoyant, cork's potential as a leading material for the 21st CENTURY is only now being realized, with cutting edge R&D pushing the boundaries of invention.

Spearheading this drive for innovation is the Portuguese company Amorim, world leader in the cork industry. In addition to high-performance applications for the aeronautical, construction and wine-producing industries Amorim is now looking to put cork center stage into the everyday. Fusing the material's unique sensory qualities and personality with a designer's flair, MATERIA is a collection of objects that work well and feel good in contemporary homes and lifestyles. Curated by experimentadesign, it was designed by 10 leading Portuguese and international designers and studios.

Cork is nature's own high-tech achievement. Down to the cell structure, its unique composition and characteristics cannot be replicated by anything man-made. Extracted from the bark of the cork oak -a native specimen of the Western Mediterranean basin- cork is a state-of-the-art raw material, requiring minimum transformation or processing before use. MATERIA will reveal cork’s potential for comfort, functionality and sensory delight.