Cork installation in New York, in the showroom of Ligne Roset
Cork installation in New York, in the showroom of Ligne RosetDesigned by the architect Bernard Dubois, Ligne 102 offers a unique and unexpected visual concept of cork.
“Windows for the future” is how Bernard Dubois describes Ligne 102, a modular cork installation, produced by Amorim Cork Composites using 30 cork blocks, designed by Dubois for the shop window of the prestigious interior design store, Ligne Roset, on Park Avenue in New York.
Dynamic modular installation
Dubois designed a set of modular pieces whose shapes depict various architectural periods, from the 1451 "Palazzo Rucellai by Alberti" to the 1972 "Muralla Roja". The material chosen for the project was cork - natural granulated cork and expanded granulated cork – which fully satisfied the project’s structural and visual requirements. The combined pieces offer a dynamic installation, on display in the shop windows of Ligne Roset during NY Design Week, and thereby highlighting, in an unprecedente
“This installation is conceived as a system of modular elements, wherein each element resembles an archetypal architectural form. However, the way that they fit together is completely unusual, rather than archetypical. They can be combined in unorthodox manners to create coffee tables, chairs, benches, walls, or even perforated partitions that resemble ancestral architectural forms.
Cork’s softness and naturalness
Dubois values cork’s softness and naturalness, making it possible to create a series of modular objects, using solids and empty spaces to create geometric forms with solid edges. The design of the cork modules is based on historical architectural elements - such as arches, pillars, bridge-like structures, trusses, beams and support systems. Dubois drew on the history of architecture - from Alberti’s Palazzo Rucellai, Giorgio de Chirico’s pictorial universe; Ricardo Bofill’s La Fábrica, or the Plaza de los Fueros, by Eduardo Chillida and Luis Peña Ganchegui, in Vitória.
“Dubois has surveyed the geometries of centuries of design, compressing them into elegant shapes produced using one of the world’s oldest and most sustainable materials: cork.”
“Cork is a very interesting raw material for furniture. The fact that cork is 100% recyclable means it automatically has shared value with Ligne Roset. We look at every aspect of our products’ life-cycle from an environmental standpoint and creating with cork puts us and our customers at ease from a responsible materials standpoint. With cork, there are also a lot of different shapes we can achieve and it always comes with the rich visual interest inherent to the material. The other aspect of cork which is really valuable is its weight. For the purposes of shipping from the factory in France to our stores and customers, the extreme light weight of cork is logistically helpful. And it is also a benefit to our clients who enjoy creativity and flexibility in their interior design – cork is easy to move and rearrange around a room or home.”
Adopting a rigorous and analytical approach, Bernard Dubois draws on different tendencies to create coherence and combine opposite trends in the history of architecture. Regardless of the project’s nature, the vocation of Bernard Dubois's architecture is to be informative, contextual, and fundamentally cultural.
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